Outdoor Adventure May 29, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Fishing in Halifax

With 7,600km of coastline, 6,700 lakes, and 100 rivers, the waters of Nova Scotia offer some of the best fishing on the east coast.

From casting a line on the shoreline for bass, perch, trout, and mackerel, to setting sail on a deep sea fishing adventure for cod, haddock, wolffish, and Boston bluefish, the Halifax area offers fishing opportunities for all skill levels.

Whether you’re introducing your children to fishing for the first time or you’re a life-long angler, here is everything you need to know about fishing in Halifax.

What You Need:

Having the right gear can make the difference between a good day and a great one when you’re out on the water. Don’t forget the following:


  • Fishing License
  • Fishing Rod & Reel
  • Lure/Bait & Hook
  • Extra Line
  • Net


  • Fishing Basket

New anglers can take advantage of the Tackle Share Program, which allows visitors to borrow fishing equipment at no charge at six provincial parks across the province, including Laurie Provincial Park, just minutes from downtown Halifax.

Learning to Fish:

New to fishing? Don’t worry! Get started with these local programs.

Learn to Fish
This interactive program teaches children the basics of sport fishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
This program is a great opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn a variety of outdoors skills, including fishing.

Where to Fish:

Halifax has many places to fish and opportunities to fish all year round.

Fishing can be done from the shore at one of the many rivers or lakes, from the wharf on the Halifax Harbour, by boat in the deep sea, or on ice in the winter.

Reel in even more fun:

A&M Sea Charters: Located at the mouth of the Halifax harbour, this sea charter offers the opportunity to bring home fish that have been caught miles offshore.

Blue Shark Fishing Charters: Experience the thrill of big game shark fishing with state-of-the-art saltwater fishing equipment and an experienced crew. This tour practices ‘catch, tag, and release’ with all data being sent to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

Murphys Deep Sea Fishing: From May to September, this fishing tour travels out the mouth of the harbour into the North Atlantic on a fishing adventure you’ll never forget.

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