Smelt

Photo Credit: D.M. Campbell, DFO
Photo Credit: D.M. Campbell, DFO

Recreational fishing for smelt is permitted by angling and with dip nets. Spear fishing is allowed in tidal waters only.

New Brunswick Season Dates

  • Inland waters
    • Angling – Open from April 1 to September 30 provided a sport fish season is open in those waters
    • Dip nets – Open from April 1 to May 31
    • Spears – closed all year
  • Tidal waters
    • Angling – Open from August 1 to May 31
    • Dip nets – Open from April 1 to May 31
    • Spears – Open all year
  • Exceptions:
    • Fishing for smelt by angling and with dip nets in the inland waters of Lake Utopia, Charlotte County is prohibited all year
    • Fishing for smelt with dip nets in the inland waters flowing into East Grand Lake, York County is prohibited all year.

New Brunswick Limits

Nova Scotia Season Dates

  • Inland waters
    • Angling – Open from April 1 to September 30 provided a sport fish season is open in those waters
    • Dip nets – Open April 1 to June 15
    • Spears – closed all year
  • Tidal waters
    • Angling – Open August 1 to May 31
    • Dip nets – Open April 1 to June 15
    • Spears – Open all year
  • Exceptions:
      • In the inland waters and tidal waters of the Kennetcook River, Meander River, Herbert River, St. Croix River, Gaspereau River and Avon River where fishing for smelt with dip nets is closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week (12:00 midnight each Wednesday until 12:00 midnight the following Saturday).
      • Fishing for smelt with dip nets is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week (12:00 midnight each Thursday until 12:00 midnight the following Sunday) in all other inland waters and tidal waters of NS.
      • Fishing for smelt with dip nets or spears is prohibited all year in the inland waters and tidal waters flowing into Jeddore Harbour and Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County and all inland waters and tidal waters flowing into Lingan Bay, Cape Breton County.
      • Angling for smelt by jigging is prohibited from April 1 to June 15 in the tidal waters of the Kennetcook River, Meander River, Herbert River, St. Croix River and Avon River.

    Nova Scotia Limits

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