Groundfish

Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Flounder, Dogfish, Red hake, Silver hake and White hake

The Maritimes Region is divided into two areas for the purpose of managing the recreational groundfish fishery:

  • Halifax Harbour and West, including the Bay of Fundy; and
  • Hartlen Point (at the entrance to Halifax Harbour) East to Cape North in Cape Breton, including the Bras d’Or lakes.

Retention prohibitions

Retention of Halibut, Northern wolfish and Spotted wolfish is prohibited year round. Striped or Atlantic wolffish may be retained as part of the general bag limit for recreational groundfish.

Halibut

Wolffish

Halifax Harbour and West

Season Dates

Season closed in January

Gear Restrictions

Handline and angling are permitted.

Limits

The daily groundfish bag limit is 10 in total (for example, 5 cod and 5 haddock for a total of 10).

Licensing

No licence required

Hartlen Point and East

Season Dates

Open from the 3rd Saturday in June to the end of Labour Day

Gear Restrictions

Handline and angling are permitted.

Limits

The daily groundfish bag limit is 5 in total (for example, 3 cod and 2 flounder for a total of 5).

Licensing

No licence required

Cod
Photo Credit: Bob Semple

Flounder
Photo Credit: Greg Croft, DFO

Pollock
Photo Credit: Greg Croft, DFO

Dogfish

Haddock

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