Winter perch fishing project on PEI

A new research project allows anglers in PEI with a permit to take part in winter perch fishing, effective immediately until the end of March 2021.  

The provincial government secured a Scientific Collection License from Fisheries and Oceans Canada to carry out the winter perch fishery as an experiment.  Islanders must register to take part in the fishery and all perch must be recorded. 

“The information gathered through this research project will help us determine if this is a viable winter fishing opportunity for anglers in PEI. We are excited to offer this opportunity and appreciate people’s cooperation.”

-  Environment, Water and Climate Change Minister Natalie Jameson 

To register, send an e-mail to anglingideas@gov.pe.ca and include your full name, home address, mailing address (if different), postal code, and phone number. New permits will be issued once a week on Fridays.

There are three locations where people can fish for perch: Doyles Pond (Tignish), Deroche Pond (Blooming Point) and Johnstons River.  Participants can have up to four lines, with three hooks per line, barbless only.  The daily limit is 25.   

Any trout caught must be recorded and then immediately released unharmed.

For more information, visit 2021 Winter Perch Fishery or call 902-368-4683.

Island ponds and rivers are not checked for ice conditions. Users are responsible to ensure their own personal safety when traveling or fishing on ice.

Media contact:
Leanne Ritchie
Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change

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

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