Striped Bass

Photo credit: Meghan Wilson, DFO
Photo credit: Meghan Wilson, DFO

The following rules apply when fishing the inland waters and tidal (coastal) waters of Nova Scotia from Cape North in Cape Breton along the Atlantic Coast and the waters of the Bay to the border between New Brunswick and the State of Maine.

  • Season Dates
    • Inland waters:
      • Open season corresponds to the longest open season for sport fish (salmon, trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass)
      • Exception: Closed from April 1 to June 30 (inclusive) on the Annapolis River, NS from Hebbs Landing near Ray Brook upstream to the highway bridge at Lawrencetown.
    • Tidal waters: open year-round.
  • Gear Restrictions
    • Angling only
    • Exceptions: From May 10 to June 10 (inclusive), only artificial fly and unbaited lures with a single hook may be used when angling in the waters of the Shubenacadie River downstream from the CN Railway Bridge at East Milford to its confluence with the Stewiacke River and in the waters of the Stewiacke River downstream from the highway bridge (Pollack Bridge) in Stewiacke East to its confluence with the Shubenacadie River.
  • Limits
    • The daily Striped bass daily Striped bass bag limit and daily Striped bass possession limit limit is one which must be 68 cm in length or longer (measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail).
    • Exceptions: Catch and release only from May 10 to June 10 (inclusive) in the waters of Grand Lake and the Shubenacadie River downstream to its confluence with the Stewiacke River and in the waters of the Stewiacke River downstream from the highway bridge (Pollack Bridge) in Stewiacke East to its confluence with the Shubenacadie River.
  • Licensing
    • No licence required when fishing in tidal waters.
    • A licence from the respective province is required when angling in inland waters.
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