COVID-19 service changeAs a result of COVID-19, there are changes to where you can buy a fishing licence.
Use the new mapping tool to explore accessible sportfishing sites in Nova Scotia.
A project to drop lime on the forest along the West River Sheet Harbour on the Eastern Shore will mitigate the effects of acid rain and support restoration of trout and wild Atlantic salmon habitat.
One of the department’s most popular activities is the interactive Learn to Fish (L2F) program. Learn to Fish teaches children the basics of sportfishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.
The Province has administered a hatchery program since 1982. Approximately 200 lakes are stocked each spring as part of our urban stocking program.
When the air becomes fresh and the leaves to turn a mosaic of colours, Atlantic salmon return to many rivers across Nova Scotia.
The Sportfishing industry was worth more than $56.4 million in 2010 when licenced anglers spent 1.1 million days fishing. Approximately 80,000 anglers participated in sportfishing in 2014. Nova Scotia’s 6,700 lakes, 100 rivers and 7,400 kilometers of coastline offer incredible opportunities for angling enthusiasts