Ready, Set, Fish – Sportfishing Season to Open

Anglers across Nova Scotia are encouraged to head outdoors and enjoy the 2018 sportfishing season opening April 1.

“Please introduce your family, friends and visitors to the excitement of sportfishing,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This will encourage sustainable growth for one of the most popular activities in the province and support jobs and economic activity in our rural communities.”

More than 67,000 licences were bought in 2017 and sportfishing is estimated to contribute more than $56 million in direct spending to Nova Scotia’s economy.

Among several changes to regulations this year, youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible for a general fishing licence at no cost. This will remove financial barriers for young anglers, while still teaching responsibility and respect for the resource. In addition, the definition of a disabled person to be eligible for a no-charge licence is now up-to-date with the new Accessibility Act.

Catch and release is attracting interest as another way to enjoy the sport. For conservation-minded anglers, more information about recommended handling is available at

“Proper catch and release techniques increase fish health and survival and ensure that this popular activity is available to future generations,” said Mr. Colwell.

Licences can be purchased from many local vendors and at Department of Natural Resources offices provincewide.

The 2018 Angler’s Handbook and Summary of Regulations accompanies a licence,