The following is a summary of some of the major fishing regulations in effect within Terra Nova National Park for the 2019/2020 season. For clarification of these or any other regulations, please call us at 1-709-533-2801.

Park entry and national park fishing permits are required for those wishing to fish in park waters.

Open Season (Trout ONLY)

All Park waters (see below for exceptions): May 18 - August 18, 2019


  • Rocky Pond (this pond supplies Terra Nova National Park’s drinking water)
  • Big Pond Watershed (including Big Pond, Minchin Pond and Minchin Brook)
  • Blue Hill Pond

Ice Fishing Season (Trout ONLY)

Dunphy’s Pond ONLY: February 15 - March 22, 2020

Salmon Fishing (Northwest River ONLY)

A limited retention salmon fishery on the Northwest River is scheduled to take place in 2019 only if salmon returns meet population thresholds for the river.

What does this mean?

We will be monitoring the number of salmon returning via the river’s counting fence and will complete the first in-season review in July. If, by then, 250 salmon have passed through the counting fence, the river will open for a quota of 75 fish. Should this threshold not be met, weekly assessments will continue and the river will open to angling only if salmon returns are on track to achieve the population target of 775 salmon for Northwest River. Should the weekly assessments indicate a return of less than 775 salmon, the river will remain closed to all angling in 2019.

What licenses are required?

Prior to fishing, anglers are required to obtain a National Park Salmon License and tag and must be in possession of a Newfoundland and Labrador Inland Salmon License (individual or family license) and one unused Class 2 (red) tag. This license must be in your name.

The National Park Salmon License is free of charge and will be available at the seasonal Northwest River shack in the park. A full list of regulations will be provided to each angler. The Newfoundland and Labrador Inland Salmon License must be purchased prior to picking up a National Park Salmon License and is available at community vendors such as convenience stores, garages and fishing shops.

Quick Facts:

  • Each angler is restricted to one salmon and catch-and-release angling is not permitted.
  • The fishery may close at any time if water temperatures exceed 22 °C for three consecutive days, water levels are deemed to be too low for salmon passage upstream, or concerns related to the long term sustainability of the salmon population arise.

Type of Angling Permitted:

  • Brooks and streams (NOTE: artificial fly fishing only)
  • Ponds and lakes (NOTE: artificial fly as well bait and spinner fishing)

Daily Catch and Possession Limits:

  • Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis):  10
  • Salmon (Northwest River only):  1 per season (Provincial and Park tags required)
  • All other species:    0

General Fishing Regulations

  • You may not leave your fishing line unattended
  • 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. Loons and ducks eating the split shot will die
  • Jigging or foul hooking (snagging) is illegal
  • It is unlawful to possess tailers or gaff hooks
  • It is unlawful to fish with a line having more than one artificial fly or other type of bait
  • 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.