The Manitoba department of wildlife and fishes is very strongly oriented towards conservation. That is why, any person desiring to fish in the waters of Manitoba is required to purchase a Manitoba fishing license. Through the means of a Manitoba fishing license, the government can control the numbers of people actually fishing in the state waters. The sale of a Manitoba fishing license also generates revenue for the Manitoba department of wildlife and fishes.
The Manitoba fishing license fees are different for residents and non-residents. A resident is a person who has resided in Manitoba for six months prior to the issuance of the license. A non-resident is a person who does not live in Manitoba. There are two types of licenses � regular and conservation. Those fishermen whose fishing limits are generally small can purchase the special conservation licenses.
It should be noted that all license fee is inclusive of 7% GST for visitors and tourists. Also, Manitoba does not issue Manitoba fishing licenses for any of its National Parks. Young adults below the age of 16 do not require a license. Even non-residents who are below that age of 16 need not buy a license. They are, however, expected to be accompanied by a licensed adult. Also, their fish catch is considered a part of the limit applicable to the adult. If they wish for a separate limit, they have to buy a license.
Senior citizens need to apply for a Senior Conservation license which is issued to them free of charge. Only Status Indians are exempt from any kind of Manitoba fishing license whatsoever. Any of the regulations listed above regarding fish catch limits; seasons and gear do not apply to them if they are fishing for food. However, they are required to produce a proof of status on request of the state fishing authority. A Manitoba fishing license can be bought from most hardware and sporting goods stores. Most fishing centers and lodges in the tourist areas are also authorized to sell fishing license in the state if Manitoba. However, if you do not reside in Manitoba, you can also get the license mailed to your place of residence.