Forests, Fish and Wildlife
Recreational FishingFishing season starts on April 15th each year on PEI. Prince Edward Island has some of the best recreational fishing in some of the most beautiful natural areas you will find anywhere. The principal sport fish, brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), is found in virtually every stream, large or small. prized by anglers, they also spend time in salt water and are known as sea trout that can reach sizes up to three kg (7 lb) or more.
Remnant runs of Atlantic salmon remain in about 27 rivers, but angling for salmon primarily takes place in the Mill, Dunk, West and Morell Rivers. Rainbow trout, an introduced species, are present in at least 21 systems and white perch can also be found in a number of rivers. Fish of commercial interest which spend a portion of their life cycle in freshwater include eels, alewife, blue-back herring and smelts.
The annual Angling Summary contains information on licence requirements, updated angling restrictions, daily catch limits, and other information for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the angling experience on PEI.
You can find angling places with public access at: Places to Fish on PEI.
In 2008, public consultations were held into the development of a recreational fisheries policy for Prince Edward Island. The committee's report is available at Fostering a Quality & Sustainable Angling Experience on PEI.
- Catch Fishing Program - a wealth of information on fish species, angling ideas and other resources for the novice and experienced angler alike
- Island Fishing - information about common fish species and where to fish
- TimeandDate.com - provides accurate information on sunrise and sunset times. Follow the Other Locations option and select the Prince Edward Island community nearest you.
- PEI Angling Resource Centre - links for accessible Island fishing locations, as well as tips and videos designed for the novice or experienced angler.
Family Fishing Experiences
Going fishing is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors and connect with friends and family.
Free family fishing takes place over the Victoria Day weekend in May. During this period, Island residents may fish without an angling or conservation fund licence in streams, rivers and ponds across the province. However, while these licenses are not required, people must still meet all angling regulations including all bag limits.