Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Fishing / Angling

Permits Requirements

Important notice:

Park Canada wishes to remind the public that recreational striped bass fishing is not permitted in the waters of Kouchibouguac National Park.

Please note that the re-opening of a limited recreational striped bass fishery by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence from August 2 to 11, 2013 does not apply to the waters within Kouchibouguac National Park. Current regulations under the National Parks Act regarding striped bass fishing still apply.

Parks Canada will continue to monitor and analyze the status of the striped bass population within the park in order to determine the possibility of allowing recreational striped bass fishing in the future.

For more information regarding fishing regulations within Kouchibouguac National Park, please contact us by email or call: (506) 876-2443.

A National Parks Fishing permit is required to fish in all National Parks of Canada. The only exception to this is that a person under 16 years of age may fish without a permit if accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older who is the holder of a valid National Park Fishing permit. The catch of the person under the age limit of 16 must be included in the daily catch and possession limit of a licenced angler.

Provincial angling licences and permits are not valid in national parks.

Annual General Fishing Permit $34.30
Daily General Fishing Permit $9.80

Prices are subject to change and include taxes.

Registration & Reporting Requirements

The park may require anglers to submit reports on their catch for inspection and population inventory, before leaving the park. These catches will be part of a creel census.

Fishing Areas

SpeciesMethodDatesLimit *Comments
Eastern Brook Trout   Apr 13 - Sep 15 5  
American Eel With Line May 15 - Sep 15 10 Miminum 53 cm
With hand held spear only May 15 - Sep 1
Dec 14 - Feb 16
Other Species (Rainbow Smelt, White Perch and Atlantic Tomcod)   Apr 15 - Dec 1 60  
Atlantic Salmon and Stripped Bass   No open season 10  

* Daily catch and possession limit

Some General Regulations Pertaining to Angling in National Park of Canada:

  1. You may not leave your fishing line unattended.
  2. Jigging or foul hooking (snagging) or catching a fish in parts of the body other than the mouth of the fish is illegal in National Parks.
  3. Tailers or gaff-hooks are illegal to possess in National Parks.
  4. Possession of fishing equipment that is illegal or having fishing equipment near streams during closed seasons can result in seizure.
  5. It is unlawful to fish with a line having more than one artificial fly or other type of bait (or any combination) attached. Lure/fly or bait cannot be capable of catching more that one fish at a time.
  6. It is unlawful to fish with a lure that has more that two single hooks or two gang hooks, or a single hook and one gang hook. Gang hooks cannot have more than three hooks on them.
  7. It is unlawful to fish with an artificial fly attached to a spinning device or natural bait.
  8. It is unlawful to fish in certain closed park waters that have been posted as such or to exceed the extent of fishing set out in that notice.
  9. Fishing is prohibited during the period from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
  10. Other than where specified, ice fishing is prohibited in National Parks even if the ice still covers water bodies on or after season opening dates. You can only fish through natural openings in the ice.
  11. It is illegal to use for bait or have in his possession in a Park live fish eggs or minnows.
  12. It is illegal to catch and retain more fish than indicated in the daily catch and possession limits set out in the regulations.
  13. The possession of any fish species cannot exceed one day’s legal catch.
  14. No person shall when fishing in park waters use a lead sinker or lead jig that weighs less than 50 g.
  15. Fishing within 100 meters of any fish counting fence or device is prohibited in National Parks. Areas where fishing is prohibited will be marked or signed accordingly.

The foregoing regulations are intended for the information and convenience of anglers who plan to fish in Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada. This summary may not reflect current regulation amendments. You may consult the complete regulations at a National Park office.

Note: You are required by law to provide your equipment, bait or fish to a Park Warden upon request, when fishing or in possession of fishing equipment in a National Park of Canada.