Nova Scotia sport fishing season to open in two weeks, new rules in place

Published on March 19, 2014

The annual sport fishing season opens April 1.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell is reminding anglers there are new regulations for this season. Changes include new management measures, season changes and bag limits to conserve and enhance Nova Scotia's sport fishery.

Regulations are included in the 2014 Angler's Handbook and Summary of Regulations, which accompanies each fishing licence.

Nova Scotia residents can purchase a seasonal licence for $26.73, taxes included. For non-residents, a seasonal licence is $61.73 and a seven-day licence is $33.72. Seniors' fishing licences are available for $6.57. One-day licences, for residents and non-residents, are $12.71. All anglers 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence.

Licences can be purchased from many gas retailers, hardware, convenience and sporting goods stores, or at any Access Nova Scotia location. They are valid until March 31, 2015. Anglers must return the licence stub at the end of the season, when they will be eligible for a prize.

A licence is not required to fish in tidal or saltwater in Nova Scotia, but season and bag limits apply. A separate licence is required to sport fish for Atlantic salmon.

More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing areas can be found online