Fish Management and Protection
Fishing has played a significant role historically in Kejimkujik, from the traditional food gathering of the Mi’kmaq to the guided fishing trips of the resort era.
Fishing continues to be an important activity in this area. Kejimkujik’s rivers provide excellent spring trout fishing. The fish management program at Kejimkujik supports the protection and conduct of research in aquatic biodiversity, habitats and natural processes. Parks Canada strives to provide high quality angling experiences focusing on fish conservation, education and enjoyment of the park environment.
When can I fish in the park?
Fishing season is April 1 to August 31, annually.
Do I need a permit?
An angler in Kejimkujik © Parks Canada/R. Baird
A National Park Fishing Permit is required to fish in Kejimkujik. This is completely independent of a provincial fishing license. You can purchase either a daily permit ($9.80) or a seasonal permit ($34.30). This permit extends to accompanying youth under 16 years old; however, the daily catch and possession limit is set per permit, not per angler.
Where do I get a permit?
Fishing Permits - Spring 2016
Kejimkujik fishing permits will be available at the Visitor Centre as of May 20.
Until then (and through the season), permits will be available at the following locations:
- Mary Lake Home Hardware (Caledonia)
- Lequille Country Store (Lequille, near Annapolis Royal)
- Woods Wise Outfitters (Oakhill, near Bridgewater)
- Stew’s Corner Convenience & Gas (Greenfield)
- Macpherson’s Deli (Liverpool) Mary Lake Home Hardware (Caledonia)
- The Trail Shop (Halifax)
- Milford House (Milford) *after May 20 only
- The Wilder Restaurant & General Store (Maitland Bridge) *after May 20 only
What are my responsibilities as an angler at Kejimkujik?
We ask anglers to participate in our fish management program in the following ways:
• Observe all applicable fishing regulations. Familiarize yourself with the regulations by reading Fish Management and Protection or asking for a copy at the Visitor Centre. This document outlines the fishing regulations and the ‘catch and release’ zones in the park.
• Be our eyes on the Kejimkujik waterways! Help us with our fish monitoring by keeping an eye out for invasive species and tagged Brook trout. Information about species identification and how to spot a tagged trout are included with your fishing license, as well as an angler diary so you can record and report your findings.
Climate change, pollutants, intensive fishing and the introduction of exotic or invasive species are elements that threaten Kejimkujik’s freshwater fish populations. Brook trout are particularly susceptible to these threats and as such are an ideal indicator of the ecological integrity of the whole freshwater ecosystem. Parks Canada’s research and management strategies at Kejimkujik focus on maintaining a healthy and viable Brook trout population throughout Kejimkujik’s watersheds.
How else can I help?
Volunteer with us!
1. Return your Angler Diary. Included with every fishing permit is an information package and Angler Diary for you to record your hours spent and area fished, including species and number of fish caught. This information is invaluable to our fish management program contributing significantly to our understanding of angling effort in the park, relative species abundance and is also becoming a very important element of our invasive fish monitoring program. Last year the diaries captured 1187 hours of effort that had previously gone unrecorded in the park. As a thank you, each returned diary receives a commemorative Kejimkujik Fish Management, Volunteer Researcher crest with a unique design each year for you to collect and wear proudly. No training is required.
2. Help us tag and record Brook trout. Every spring, volunteer anglers catch and tag Brook trout and record various data on location, date, fish size, etc, within Kejimkujik. This data provides valuable information on trout growth rates, movements and habitat use that is critical to sportfish management in the park. All holding, measuring, tagging and recording equipment is provided. Volunteers should have some fly fishing experience. Interested anglers are encouraged to attend a trout tagging workshop, held annually in April.
3. Help with our Creel Census. Every five years, for a 3-year period, a creel census is conducted at Kejimkujik which helps to assess fish health, and fish management initiatives by measuring the abundance of Brook trout. The key measurement in the census is catch per unit effort, or how many trout an experienced angler can catch in one hour of fishing, so significant fly fishing experience is essential for volunteers. Interested anglers are encouraged to attend a trout tagging workshop, held annually in April.
Please note: If weather conditions permit, over two days in April or early May 2016, two small prescribed fires will prohibit access to the Eel Weir.