Sportfishing

  1. A dad and his two sons try their luck at fishing

    Sportfishing Season to Open April 1

    Nova Scotians are encouraged to take advantage of the warmer weather and head to one of the province’s many waterways to enjoy the 2019 sportfishing season opening on April 1

     
     
  2. Barrier-Free Sportfishing mapping tool

    Barrier-Free sportfishing opportunities

    Use the new mapping tool to explore accessible sportfishing sites in Nova Scotia.

     
     
  3. Project Supports Habitat Restoration for Salmon and Trout

    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.

     
     
  4. 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.

    Nova Scotia's Learn To Fish Program

    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.

     
     
  5. The Province has administered a hatchery program since 1982. Approximately 200 lakes are stocked each spring as part of our urban stocking program.

    Nova Scotia Fishing Hatcheries

    The Province has administered a hatchery program since 1982. Approximately 200 lakes are stocked each spring as part of our urban stocking program.

     
     
  6. Fall Salmon fishing on the way

    Fall Salmon fishing on the way

    When the air becomes fresh and the leaves to turn a mosaic of colours, Atlantic salmon return to many rivers across Nova Scotia.

     
     

Economic Impact

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

Catch & Release Techniques

Barrier Free Fishing Sites

2019 Angler’s Handbook

Weekly Stocking update

Sportfish Funding Programs

Frequently Asked Questions