Fish Management and Protection
This is a summary only that has been prepared to help you become familiar with fishing regulations in Kejimkujik.
Acid rain, intensive fishing and other problems have made the conservation of fish stocks a priority for Parks Canada. The research and management programs carried out by the Park are designed to ensure the preservation of our brook trout stocks.
We cannot achieve this on our own. We ask anglers to participate in our fish management program by observing all applicable fishing regulations.
A National Parks Fishing Permit (license) is required to fish in all national parks. 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 the licensed angler. Yearly or daily permits are available.
The daily catch and maximum possession limit is ten fish - five of which may consist of brook trout.
For a more detailed set of regulations, refer to the National Parks Fishing Regulations.
- Electronic fish finders are prohibited from use in all Park waters.
- The use of lead sinkers or jigs of less than 50 grams are prohibited.
- It is unlawful to angle 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 than one fish at a time.
- Fishing is prohibited during the period from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
- It is illegal to place live fish eggs or live fish (other than a fish that has been caught from that water body) in Park waters or transfer live fish eggs or live fish between water bodies.
- It is illegal to possess any prohibited fishing equipment on or near Park waters.
- Outboard motors are not allowed on waterways or lakes other than Kejimkujik Lake and the Mersey River downstream from Kejimkujik Lake.
All waters April 1st to August 31st (except as below)
Grafton Brook - Closed waters
Rogers Brook - No season
Pebbleloggitch Lake - No season
Beaverskin Lake - No season
Mountain Lake - No season
Cobrielle Lake - No season
Kejimkujik Seaside - Closed to clamming
Where the first day of an open season falls on a Sunday or Monday in any year, the open season shall begin on the Saturday immediately preceding that Sunday or Monday.
Where the last day of an open season falls on a Friday or Saturday in any year, the open season shall end on the Sunday immediately following that Friday or Saturday.
Trout Tagging Program
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site has undertaken a trout tagging program in an effort to determine trout movements and better define critical habitats. Several hundreds have been tagged with small, metal identification tags, which you may discover on trout caught within or near the Park.
Tags are attached to the gill cover, and are stamped with the letters “N.P.” and a four digit identification number.
When a tagged trout is caught, anglers can make a personal contribution to the fish management program. Please give the tag to a Park staff member along with the following information:
Trout Length - must be measured accurately, from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail
Angling Method - fly, live bait or lure
Catch and Release
Almost half of Kejimkujik has been set aside as a Catch and Release Fishing Zone. The map below shows the area affected.
The following regulations apply only within the Catch & Release Fishing Zone:
1. Fly fishing only. No artificial lures or natural baits may be used within the Catch & Release Fishing Zone.
2. All flies must be barbless. However, barbed hooks may be used within the Catch & Release Fishing Zone if the barb has been completely filed off, or bent down all the way until it touches the hook shaft (pliers work well).
3. All brook (speckled) trout caught within the Catch & Release Fishing Zone must be returned to the water immediately. This includes injured brook trout. All other fish species caught within the Catch & Release Fishing Zone may be retained according to the regulations in effect for the rest of the park.
4. No person may possess brook trout inside the Catch & Release Fishing Zone. This applies even if the fish were caught outside the Zone.
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Remember, these regulations apply only within the Catch & Release Fishing Zone.
Traces of mercury have been detected in certain species of freshwater fish. For advisory information on the limits of consumption of freshwater sport fish please contact the
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour at (902) 424 -2553