Fishing Permits

All visitors fishing in the National Park must possess a valid Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve fishing permit. Northwest Territories Fishing Licences are not valid in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. A fishing permit is not required for traditional harvesting by Aboriginal peoples.

The annual fishing permit is valid in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve from April 1 to March 31 the following year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Fishing Permit in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve?

You need a Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve fishing permit if you are 16 years and older.

Anyone under the age of 16 may fish in 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.

A fishing permit is not required for traditional harvesting by Aboriginal peoples.

Where can I buy one?

You can buy your Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve fishing permit on-line. (Please use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari)

If you do not have access to the Internet or have issues with your on-line application, please leave a message at 867-766-8460 (monitored Monday to Friday).

How much does it cost?

A Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve fishing permit costs $9.80 per day or $34.30 for the season. Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is waiving fishing permit fees for the 2021-2022 season (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022).

What are the rules and regulations?

Parks Canada has incorporated by reference the Fisheries Act, the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations, the Fishery (General) Regulations and any other applicable recreational fishing laws. These laws and regulations are made to apply to the waters in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. Therefore, the catch and possession limits stay the same as for the waters outside the National Park Reserve.

For easy reference you can use the Northwest Territories Sport Fishing Regulations Guide for catch limits, gear types and other important information. Please ensure you are also familiar with the Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve Fishing Permit Terms and Conditions.

For more information regarding daily catch and possession limits, or any questions about fishing regulations please contact us.

What are Lake Trout Possession Limits in the National Park Reserve?

The National Park Reserve overlaps with Area VI of Great Slave Lake. Therefore, the Lake Trout possession and catch restrictions for Area VI apply.

The total daily catch limit for lake trout in Area VI, regardless of whether you are inside or outside the National Park Reserve, is one (1) and the possession limit is two (2).

Map of Area VI

What else do I need to know?

  • Have your fishing licence with you at all times.
  • Barbless hooks are mandatory for sport fishing.
  • Stay within the daily catch and possession limit.
  • Stay safe by practicing safe boating and being bear aware.
  • Make sure all campfires are completely out before leaving them.
  • Dispose of entrails by puncturing the swim bladder and depositing them into deep or moving water downstream of your camp, using a boat if available.