May 18 to September 15, 2019

General fishing regulations (Canada National Parks Act)
Restrictions
Open season
Closed waters
Catch and possession limits
Fishing permits and fees
Definitions


General fishing regulations (Canada National Parks Act)

Bennett and Wolfe Lakes (Fly fishing only at Wolfe Lake) are the only waters open to fishing in Fundy National Park. Other systems are closed to protect the endangered Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon or vulnerable populations of Brook Trout. The Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon and its habitat are protected under SARA and the federal Fisheries Act. IBoF Salmon residing in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick are also protected by the Canada National Parks Act. Click here to learn more on our Salmon Recovery Program.

When angling, it is unlawful to:
  • Fish without a national park fishing permit
  • Fish with or possess within 100 metres of park waters the following:
    • Live bait (except earth warms) and chemical attractants
    • any lead tackle (sinkers, jigs, lures and flies) under 50 grams
    • lures with more than 2 gang hooks
    • a line capable of catching more than one fish at one time
  • Fish from a bridge or any other structure that crosses the waters
  • Fish with more than one line at a time
  • Fish in closed waters
  • Continue fishing on any day after having caught and retained the maximum daily catch and possession limit
  • Leave a fishing line unattended
  • Fish from 2 hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise
  • Allow your catch to spoil or to be wasted
  • Sell, trade or barter any fish caught
  • Place or transfer any fish or fish eggs between any park waters
  • Place any food for fish in park waters
  • Harass fish by throwing objects or impeding their movements

Other regulations aimed at protecting fish populations may apply. To learn more, please enquire at the Visitor Reception Centre or with a Park Wardens. For a complete listing, please refer to the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations.


Restrictions

  • Angling is permitted only with a barbless hook or a fishhook where the barbs have been pinched to the shaft of the hook.
  • Fly-fishing is the only angling method permitted at Wolfe Lake with a maximum daily catch and possession limit of 2 brook trout. Park wide daily catch and possession limit is 5 brook trout.

Open Season

May 18 to September 15 Bennett Lake – No fishing off the dam or bridge. Barbless hooks only.
May 18 to September 15 Wolfe Lake – Fly fishing only. Barbless hooks only.
Important

No Atlantic Salmon fishing in any park waters. The Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon and its habitat are protected under SARA and the federal Fisheries Act. IBoF Salmon residing in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick are also protected by the Canada National Parks Act. Click here to learn more on our Salmon Recovery Program.


Closed Waters

  • Point Wolfe River and all tributaries from tidewater to the west boundary
  • Bennett Brook upstream to the lower falls on Bennett Brook
  • Upper Salmon River and its tributaries, more specifically the Upper Salmon (Alma) River north from Lake Brook and the tributaries Forty Five River, Broad River, Haley Brook to the park boundary, Laverty Brook to Laverty Falls, Second Vault Brook to the Laverty Road and Third Vault Brook to Third Vault Falls
  • Tracey Lake
  • Laverty Lake
  • Bruin Lake
  • Chambers Lake
  • Marven Lake
  • MacLaren Lake
  • All other lakes, bogs and ponds
It is unlawful to:
  • Fish in closed waters
  • Fish with or possess within 100 metres of park waters the following:
    • Live bait (except earth warms) and chemical attractants
    • Any lead tackle (sinkers, jigs, lures and flies) under 50 grams
    • Lures with more than 2 gang hooks
    • A line capable of catching more than one fish at one time

Catch and possession limits

Species limit
  • Brook Trout: 5 (limit of 2 from Wolfe Lake)
  • All other species in Fundy National Parks: 0
  • Maximum daily catch and possession limit: 5
Note
  • If a fish has been filleted, two fillets will be considered one fish
  • The total park-wide daily catch and possession limit is 5 Brook Trout. Of this daily catch, a maximum of 2 Brook Trout may be caught in Wolfe Lake.
It is unlawful to:
  • Continue fishing on any day after having caught and retained the maximum daily catch and possession limit
Help released fish survive

Give a released fish the best chance for survival by following these suggestions:

  1. Minimize the time you play a fish. A fish played too long may not survive even if released. Remember to always bring fish up from depth slowly. Fish brought up too quickly will rupture their air bladders and die.
  2. Be gentle, keeping the fish in the water at all times when handling and releasing
  3. Handle the fish with bare, wet hands. Keep fingers away from the gills and do not squeeze; this may cause internal injury, gill or scale damage.
  4. Remove the hook gently with needle-nosed pliers. If the hook is deep, cut the leader rather than pulling the hook out. The hook will decompose in time. Most fish survive with hooks in them.
  5. Continue to hold the fish in the water, gently moving it back and forth. This moves water past the gills and will help revive it. For flowing waters, face the fish upstream. When the fish begins to struggle, let it go.
  6. If the fish is bleeding excessively, it will likely not survive if released. Kill it and include as part of your catch if permitted.
  7. The use of barbless hooks is required. Hooks can be made barbless by flattening the barb with needle-nosed pliers.
  8. Single hooks are recommended to release fish more easily
  9. Continuing to angle for trout in waters exceeding 18°C reduces the ability of these fish to survive the ‘catch and release’ process.

Fishing permits and fees

Fishing in a National Park requires a specific national park fishing licence. Provincial licences do not apply. Daily and Seasonal licenses can be purchased at Bennett Lake and at the park’s Visitor Reception Centre. There are specific rules and regulations every angler must adhere to.

Anyone under the age of 16 may fish in the national parks without a permit if accompanied by a national park permit holder 16 years of age or older. However, their catch is then included within the permit holder’s daily limit. A valid national park pass is also required when fishing in Fundy National Park.

Daily - $9.80
Annual - $34.30


Definitions

Natural bait ban
You can only use lures made of feathers, fiber, rubber, wood, metal or plastic. No edible material (plant or animal products) with the exception of earth warms, scented lures or chemical attractants are permitted.

Barbless hook
This includes a hook the barbs of which are pressed against the shaft of the hook so that the barbs are not functional.

Fly fishing only
Means only artificial flies may be used.

Artificial fly
This is a single or double hook on a common shank, dressed with silk, tinsel, wood, fur, feathers or other materials (no lead), or any combination thereof without a spinning device, whether attached to the hook or line.

Tributary
Any water course which flows into another body of water. This includes a tributary to a tributary. Lakes are excluded unless otherwise specified.


Report violations

Report any suspicious activities at 1-877-852-3100