Sportfishing Laws & Regulations

Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act

This act is the primary piece of legislation for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. It gives authority for most of the Department's functions and activities. These include: recreational fishing, sea plant harvesting, training and development, licensing of buyers and processors, aquaculture, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, and enforcement.

To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statutes/fishand.htm.

To download the Act's regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#fishcr.


Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations

These federal regulations govern recreational fish species. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.

To download the federal regulations, click http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-93-55/index.html.


Anglers' Handbook and Summary of Regulations

This handbook provides all the rules and regulations regarding sport fishery in Nova Scotia.

Download the Nova Scotia Anglers' Handbook & Summary of Regulations:

There are two omissions (underlined below) from the Musquodoboit River, Halifax County - Special Trout Management Area found on page 29 of the Anglers Handbook and Summary of Regulations for 2016.

MUSQUODOBOIT RIVER, HALIFAX COUNTY. See map page 28

Bag limit two (2) speckled trout (not including tributaries).

From the mouth of Musquodoboit Harbour to Chapel Island, Open May 1 to Aug 31, any gear. Sep 1 to Sep 30, all speckled trout must be released, natural bait prohibited.

From a point 300 m downstream from the Highway 7 bridge to Chapel Island, Open June 1 to Aug 31, any gear. Sep 1 to Sep 30, all speckled trout must be released, natural bait prohibited.

From a point 300 m downstream from the Highway 7 Bridge, upstream (including Bayers Lake) to a point 100 m above Crawfords Bridge, May 1 to Sep 30, artificial fly only. Sep 1 to Sep 30, all speckled trout must be released.

From a point 100 m above Crawfords Bridge upstream to the Hwy 224 Bridge in Upper Musquodoboit, May 1 to Aug 31, any gear. Sep 1 to Sep 30, all speckled trout must be released, natural bait prohibited.

Winter Sport Fishing Regulations

Questions about this guide may be directed to:
Debbie White
Phone: 902-485-5056
Email:

Regulation Maps:

Fishing Licence vendors and report card can be found on the Licensing and Permits page.


Salmon Regulations

These federal regulations govern salmon. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.
Atlantic Salmon Fishing Season: September 1 to October 31

To download the 2016 Salmon Regulations, click here

2016 Salmon Angling Seasons:


For all NS government legislation, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/sol.htm

For all NS government regulation, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regsxact.htm