Nova Scotia Fishing

September is catch and release season for speckled trout in most locations in Nova Scotia

Boasting 7,400 miles of saltwater coastline, over 3,000 lakes and 130 rivers, Nova Scotia is a fantastic haven for sportfishers. The variety of fishing areas in Nova Scotia also makes it perfect for any level of fisherman, whether beginner, advanced or looking for a challenge. Spring in Nova Scotia brings striped bass, brown trout, rainbow trout and speckled trout. When the weather gets warmer, chain pickerel, mackerel and perch are in season. Fall yields more trout and the prize sportfish, the Atlantic salmon. Deepsea fishing offers opportunities to catch Mako, cod, hake, pollack and more. The Nova Scotia fishing season closes in October for the winter and reopens in the spring.

Charters, guides, outfitters and sportfishing vacations abound in Nova Scotia. There are also classes on general angling or fly fishing offered in various areas of the province. Lodge and resort fishing is a popular way to take advantage of the interior waters and enjoy comfortable accommodations at the same time. Some popular lodge and cabin resorts include Silver Cross Fishing Lodge, Inverary Resort, Trout Point Lodge, Margaree Lodge Resort, Osprey Shores Golf Resort and Cheticamp Island Resort.

Salmon restrictions are fairly light with eight allowed in a year under 24.8 inches in length. Anglers are also allowed to use barbed hooks in the quest for salmon. The salmon season runs from September 1 to October 31. Licenses are required in Nova Scotia for both salmon and general fishing in most waters except in tidal waters. Anglers under the age of 16 do not need licenses unless fishing for salmon. If a license is required, it must be carried at all times while fishing.

The limit on all trout species is five fish, either all of one species or a combination. The season on trout runs from April 1 to September 30. Perch species, brown bullhead, chain pickerel and white sucker seasons correspond with the other sportsfish seasons and the limit is 25 fish. Lake whitefish also corresponds with other seasons and the limit is 8 fish. Bass limits and seasons vary and anglers should check with the specific area they intend to fish. Shad limits are five fish and the season has no closure in tidal waters. Gaspereau is the same, but the limit is 20 fish.