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: Nova Scotia Trout fishing

07-21-2006, 07:04 PM
I am interested in fishing in Nova Scotia, and have done a little poking around on the net. Has anyone any info good or bad about fishing on this island? Is this area a bad bug area like the rest of Canada?

Whatever info you can share would be appreciated

Smithfield,. r.I.

07-21-2006, 09:54 PM
David, Nova Scotia (not an island) has some good trout fishing but it would not be the place to go for a big fish adventure. There are lots of streams and lakes with brook trout (most east of Halifax), some sea run brook trout in rivers (Bras D'Or lakes in Cape Breton - this is an island), and brown trout in the Stewiacke, Cornwallis, Phillip rivers. There is also salmon fishing, the Margaree in Cape Breton being the most famous. There is an ever expanding smallmouth bass population and chain pickerel population.

It can be very bad for bugs but after the end of June it is not bad but trout fishing winds down then too. End of May will be the worst in my experience - mostly mosquitos but blackflies too. If you want good fishing with many fewer bugs I would suggest British Columbia, Vancuver Island. If you want big brook trout I would say Quebec (no guides required by law but it would help) or Labrador but you must be prepared to donate blood. If you have a particular interest in fishing islands you could fish Newfoundland (pain ithe arse with guide requirements) or Anticosti.

Check out the Nova Scotia fishing forum not sure about he URL but should easily be found on google.

07-22-2006, 09:28 PM
Drive up to Portland Maine and catch "The Cat" ferry to Nova Scotia to save a lot of time and get to bring your own car if you want -- just make sure you have an endorsement on your insurance and proof of insurance for Canada -- easy enough to obtain, just call your insurance agent. Oh, and a passport to get back into the US.

07-27-2006, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the info on the "not an island" Nova Scotia fishing. I always thought N.S. was an island, but what do I know? It looks like bugs are to be considered on any of these trips. Do they fish for trout up there in the cold weather, when the bugs are gone ?

Thanks again for the info.


07-27-2006, 08:34 PM
Do they fish for trout up there in the cold weather, when the bugs are gone ?

Yeah, just watch out for the polar bears.

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Try novascotiafishingdotcom. Lots of info.

07-27-2006, 09:45 PM
This non-commercial link provides good information on all the species available and some very impressive stats on the amount of water to fish.

I am sure whenever you go there will be good trout fishing, and in season good salmon as well.

07-29-2006, 07:24 PM
I will try the link to see if I can get some more info, and i will watch out for the polar bears for sure.

I have been in contact with a lodge in the Margaree Valley, they seem to have a reasonable product from what I can see.



07-30-2006, 10:19 PM
There is good fishing for salmon in October and there will not be any bugs around. Also in late September when there are not many bugs and water has cooled off, trout fishing can be good and the trout getting into sapwning colours. Trout fishing season as a rule of thumb ends 30 Sept in Nova Scotia but there are exceptions now I believe. Salmon season in some rivers will go until 31 Oct. Bass fishing seems to be open until December in some places. Most lakes will ice up from January-March and there is no open water winter fishery. Rules have been changing a lot in the past 10 years though so there could be some exceptions. The best trout and salmon fishing in Nova Scotia in my opinion is found in Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton and Guysborough county on the mainland.