Angling Resources and Information Centre

Angling for trout and Atlantic salmon is a time honoured tradition on PEI. The Angling Resource and Information Centre offers information on licensing, seasons, limits, locations and fish species. More detailed information can be found in the 2020 Angling Summary (2.3M).

Do I need a licence to fish on PEI?

  • Angling Licences are required by everyone 16 years of age and older​;
    • Children under 16 years of age do not require an angling licence;
  • Resident and Non-Resident Angling Licences are available for $10/year;
  • Courtesy Angling Licences are issued free-of-charge to those 16 to 18 and 60 years of age and older; and
  • Family Five-Day Fishing Licences are available for $5. This licence allows you, your spouse and dependants to fish for a period of five consecutive days and is available after May 1st each year.

Are there any other fees?

  • All licensed anglers are required to have and possess a valid Wildlife Conservation Fund License (WCF).
  • Anglers from ages 16 to 64 must pay the Wildlife Conservation Fund fee of $20/yr.
  • For Seniors 65 years of age and over, the Wildlife Conservation Fund is $13/yr
  • For the Family Five-day Fishing License, the Wildlife Conservation Fund fee is $5
    • Youth under the age of 16 are exempt from the WCF fee.

Once the WCF has been paid it can also be applied to your annual hunting and/or trapping license.

Where can I buy a fishing licence?

or from 2020 Angling Licence Vendors in communities across PEI.

* Note: The E-licence site is not available until April 1st each year.

When does angling season open and close?

Angling season for all freshwater fish species opens on April 15th each year. Find detailed information on common game fish species from the links below:

Brook Trout
Rainbow Trout
Atlantic Salmon

Other Species:

Smelts are a popular food fish for many Islanders.

  • The smelt dip net fishery runs from April 1 to June 15th. You can also angle for smelt in inland water from April 15-September 15.  
  • The catch limit is 60 smelts/person/day.  
  • Take only what you need
  • Avoid entering the stream and trampling the eggs  
  • if possible, select male smelts over females.  

More information on smelt fishing can be found on page 41 of the 2019 Angling Summary. 

Angling questions concerning salt water species such as mackerel and striped bass should be directed to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Where can I access fishing spots?

Most of Prince Edward Island is privately owned so you should ask for permission from the land owner before you cross private lands. Public lands provide public access to angling spots unless the property is otherwise posted.

The PEI Fishing Locations Map (4M) illustrates freshwater fishing locations with public access. The Popular Saltwater Fishing Locations page can be used to find coastal areas to fish for mackerel, flounder and striped bass.

Are there any new or special fishing regulations for 2019?

Read the 2020 Special Angling Regulations page.

Are there any special angling events or activities?

Each year, the May long weekend marks Free Family Fishing weekend on PEI. In 2020, Free Family Fishing weekend runs from Friday May 15 to Monday May 18 (inclusive). Angling licenses are not required but anglers must abide by all regulations and rules.  

The 2020 Extended Angling Season starts on September 15, 2020. For more information, visit:

Published date: 
August 24, 2020
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General Inquiries

Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division
J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery
183 Upton Road
Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6450

Wildlife Emergencies:

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