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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Recreational Fishing Regulations 2014/ 2015

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 May 1 to September 30, 2014 does not apply to the waters within Kouchibouguac National Park. Current regulations under the National Parks Act preventing the retention of striped bass 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.

Permit Requirements

A National Parks Fishing permit is required to fish in all National Parks of Canada. The only exception is a person under 16 years of age who 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 16 years of age must be included in the daily catch and possession limit of a licensed fisher.

Provincial fishing licenses and permits are not valid in national parks.

Annual and daily fishing permits are available. Consult our fees for the costs associated with each of these permits.

Registration and Reporting Requirements

The park may require fishers to submit reports on their catch for inspection and population inventory, before leaving the park.

Fishing Seasons and Catch Limits

SpeciesMethodDatesLimit *Comments
Eastern Brook Trout   Apr. 15 – Sep. 15 5  
American Eel With line May 15 – Aug. 31 10 Mininum 53 cm
With hand held spear only May 15 – Aug. 31
Dec. 15, 2014  – Feb. 15, 2015
10 Any length
Rainbow Smelt   Apr. 15 –Nov 30 60  
Atlantic Salmon and Striped Bass   No open season 0  

* Daily catch and possession limit

Some General Regulations Pertaining to Fishing 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/her 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 regulations as modifications are made periodically. You may consult the complete regulations at a National Park office.

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