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Terra Nova National Park of Canada

Fishing in Terra Nova National Park

1.Trout Fishing

A park entry permit and a national park fishing permit are required to fish in Terra Nova National Park. Fishing permits are $9.80 daily or $34.30 for the season. For clarification of these or any other regulations, please call the park at 709-533-2801.

Open Season:

All park waters (see below for exceptions) are open from May 21 to August 21, 2016

Closed Waters:

  • Northwest River *
  • Rocky Pond
  • Big Pond Watershed, including Big Pond, Minchin Pond and Minchin Brook.
  • Blue Hill Pond

Special Regulations:

  • Yuddle Pond: Retention of brook trout under eight inches total length is prohibited

Types of Angling Permitted:

  • Brooks and streams: artificial fly fishing only
  • Ponds and lake: artificial fly as well as bait and spinner fishing

Daily Catch and Possession Limits:

  • Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 10
  • All other species 0

2. Salmon Fishing

Northwest River Recreational Salmon Fishery Set for 2016

A limited recreational salmon fishery on the Northwest River is scheduled to take place between June 1st and September 7th, 2016.

To ensure fair and equitable access for all fishers, Parks Canada will be using an open lottery for distribution of licences for the 2016 season. Interested applicants must register their name in the draw between 8 a.m. on Monday, April 25 and 5 p.m. on May 13 by contacting nwrsalmon@gmail.com or by phoning the Town of Port Blandford at 709-543-2220. The phone line will be staffed Monday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will accept voicemail messages outside of those hours. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements for holding a Newfoundland and Labrador salmon licence and are required to provide their full name and mailing address as well as their phone number and/or email address.

3. Ice Fishing

A park entry permit and a national park fishing permit are required for ice fishing in Terra Nova National Park. Ice fishing is available at Dunphy's Pond only from February 18 to March 26, 2017. Fishing permits are $9.80 daily or $34.30 for the season. For further information, please call the park at 709-533-2801.

4. General Fishing Regulations

  • You may not leave your fishing line unattended
  • Jigging or foul hooking (snagging) is illegal
  • It is unlawful to posses tailers or gaff hooks
  • It is unlawful to fish a line having more than one artificial fly or other type of bait
  • Fishing tackle cannot be capable of catching more than one fish at a time
  • You cannot use a lure that has more than 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
  • It is unlawful to fish with an artificial fly attached to a spinning device or natural bait
  • Fishing is prohibited during the period between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise the following day
  • It is unlawful to fish from bridges in Terra Nova National Park of Canada
  • It is unlawful to fish with lead sinkers or lead jigs. Lead is poisonous. Loons and ducks that eat the split shot will die.
  • Anyone under the age of 16 may fish in the national parks without a permit if accompanied by a permit holder 16 years of age or older. However, their catch is then included within the permit holder’s daily limit. They may also purchase their own permit and be entitled to the full catch limit.