Obtaining An Alberta Fishing License.
If you enjoy fishing and you want to visit Alberta, there are two things you need to know about. The first one is the WIN Card and the other one is the fishing license.
About the automated system
On Alberta, starting with March 16, 1998, both recreational fishing licenses and hunting licenses are sold through private license issuers using a point of sale machine. The automated system lets the Fish and Wildlife Division to concentrate resources on other important issues than selling licenses..
How do I get a WIN card?
You are required to have a Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) card before having the right to buy a fishing license. This card is valid for 5 years and it is about 8$. The WIN card is very much as a credit card having a magnetic strip. When it is read, the point-of-sale machine, will confirm in a few seconds your eligibility for a license.
The first thing you have to do in order to obtain a WIN card is filling out an application at a private license issuer. When given the document along with an $8.00 fee, the vendor will provide you with the new WIN card on a paper receipt. You will be able to buy a license or draw application in the same moment. In three or four weeks, you will receive par mail you permanent, plastic, WIN card. Every year can use your WIN card for purchasing recreational fishing and hunting licenses in the same time.
If you are a native Indian or you are under 16 years of age or 65 and older, you are not required to have neither a WIN card nor a license. How does a license look like? The license is like a cash register receipt. It contains the holder's address and name as well as the appropriate licensing information. The tag (required Sturgeon Fishing License) is made of specially treated paper.
Losing the license
If you lose your license, you can have a new one at any license issuer for only $2.00.
Losing license tag (required Sturgeon Fishing License) In case you lose a license tag you should go to a Fish and Wildlife Division office and senda "statutory declaration." After confirmation you may go to any authorized license issuer and have the replacement tag for $4.00.
Which are the main advantages of the system?
First of all the automated system is cost effective. Second, Fish and Wildlife Officers may check anglers and confirm their licenses even if the license was purchased on the same day, in the field, all day long, 7 days a week, against a data base in Edmonton. Sturgeon Sportfishing: · You can only have one Sturgeon Fishing License each year. · A Sturgeon Fishing License will give you the right to keep one sturgeon over 130 cm in length and only between June 16 and March 15, caught in the in the South Saskatchewan River. · You should practice catch-and-release-only (0 limit) between May 8 and June 15 in the South Saskatchewan River system and throughout the entire year in the North Saskatchewan River. · Every kept sturgeon should be tagged immediately with the tag provided in the same time with purchasing the Sturgeon Fishing License. This tag should not be removed until the sturgeon is prepared for consumption or for taxidermy.