Recreational Fishing Regulations
Managing Canada's recreational fisheries is a shared responsibility between federal, provincial and territorial governments. While roles vary between different provinces and territories, generally:
- the federal government is responsible for all marine species with the exception of anadromous and catadromous species in inland waters in some regions; and
- provincial and territorial governments are responsible for freshwater species, with the exception of salmon in British Columbia.
There are new rules for recreational mackerel fishing: Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985.
Where do you want to fish?
Unless otherwise noted, the websites below are managed by provincial and territorial governments. Consult anglers' guides and information on fishing licenses and other regulations.
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador
- Angler's Guide (DFO)
- Recreational Groundfish Fishery (DFO)
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