Welcome To
Acadia Broadcasting NewsThe Latest and Greatest ContentYour Trusted Local Source


Sportfishing season starts April 1

By Caitlin Snow Mar 31, 2023 | 12:04 PM

USFWS Mountain-Prairie

Just in time for the weekend, sportfishing season officially begins Saturday, April 1 across Nova Scotia.

“Sportfishing is a fun activity and a great way to get outside for some solitude or time with family and friends,” said Steve Craig, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “For Nova Scotians with mobility issues or other disabilities, there are barrier-free fishing sites so more people can enjoy this activity.”

There are 21 barrier-free sites across the province that includes supports like accessible parking, flat-fishing pads and benches or railings.

Anglers must respect bag limits and practice catch and release and are encouraged to report invasive species to prevent their spread to other bodies of water. Invasive species such as chain pickerel can harm native species, ecosystems and biodiversity.

Quick Facts:
— more than 400 lakes are stocked with trout from provincial fish hatcheries each year
— people can buy a sportfishing licence online or at vendors across the province
— general fishing licences are valid for all freshwater fish species except Atlantic salmon
— more than 70,000 people participate in sportfishing each year in Nova Scotia
— sportfishing contributes about $85 million to Nova Scotia’s economy

Sportfishing licence and other information

Anglers’ Handbook and 2023 Summary of Regulations

Barrier-free fishing sites

Report an invasive species


Leave a Reply