Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q2021-04-19T16:18:26-04:00

We have done our best to address the most common questions we receive. These answers are subject to change without notice and we cannot be held responsible for decisions made with this information. If you have a suggestion for this list please contact us.

Are there accommodations in Antigonish?2021-04-22T20:40:06-04:00
How do I access a river?2021-03-25T18:21:13-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

All water in Nova Scotia is public water unless it belongs to a restricted watershed area, these are often fenced off. Always respect property rights and employ curtesy at every opportunity. For example it’s a good idea to approach a land owner and request permission if at all possible.

The following items may also be helpful:

  • Fish with a friend with local river knowledge
  • Use our contact us form to reach out to us directly
  • You can cross any uncultivated land
  • Consider reviewing our river maps
  • Hire a guide
  • A good starting spot is behind the Antigonish Mall
How do I buy a general fishing license & a salmon license?2021-03-25T15:05:21-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

If you a fishing a scheduled salmon river you need a salmon license.

 

Is there a fly shop in Antigonish?2021-03-25T15:03:56-04:00

Not really. While there is not a dedicated fly shop the following locations have a limited supply of flies and general tackle:

Is there Bluefin Tuna Fishing in the Antigonish area?2021-03-25T15:01:01-04:00
What are the best flies to use for salmon fishing?2021-03-25T15:04:37-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

Our rivers are primarily fall run rivers. Patterns that contain orange, pink, reds and yellows are highly desirable.

Here is a suggested list of specific flies

  • General Practitioner
  • Black Bear Green Butt
  • Undertaker
  • Blue Charm
  • Muddler (orange, brown, black, white)
  • Lester The Lobster
  • Mickey Finn
  • Hot Scotty
  • Shrimp Patterns
  • Marabou (canary, black and blue, green slime)
What equipment do I need to go salmon fishing?2021-03-25T15:04:29-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

  • A single handed rod, 9ft, 8wt or 7/8 switch, or a 7/8 spey rod.
  • Chest waders
  • Salmon flies
  • Salmon license
  • 8-10 tippet (leader)
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat
  • Polarized Glasses
  • Bug Spray
  • Patience
  • River snacks
  • Warm clothing (when appropriate)
What is there to do in Antigonish?2021-04-22T08:54:50-04:00
What types of fishing are best for different times of the year?2021-04-22T08:43:49-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

Spring Fishing (April, May, June)

  • Brown Trout
  • Sea Trout
  • Resident Brook Trout
  • Gaspereau

Summer Fishing (July & August)

  • River fishing in the summer is variable due to low water and high river temperatures. Fish are vulnerable at this time. Responsible fishers will consider environmental effects on the mortality of fish caught. Consider lake fishing and salt water fishing during these times. Stripers are abundant along our broad expanse of coastline in Antigonish.

Fall Fishing (September & October)

  • Both the south and the west river are scheduled salmon rivers from Sept. 1 to Oct 31st.
  • You need a salmon license to fish for salmon
  • You need a general license to fish for anything else
  • There may be some exceptions, please refer to the Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook.

Winter (November, December, January, February, March)

  • Cameron and Gillis Lakes are open all year round (Pinevale, Antigonish County)
  • There is winter ice fishing opportunities within Antigonish Harbour
When can I start fishing during the day?2021-03-25T15:04:16-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

Two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset.

Where can I find a river map?2021-03-25T15:07:25-04:00

At all times please first review and adhere to the following resource: Nova Scotia Anglers Handbook

  • We have a River Maps section on our website that should help

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