Angling Resources and Information Centre
Angling for trout and Atlantic salmon is a time honoured tradition on PEI. The Angling Resource Centre offers information on licensing, seasons, limits, locations and fish species and more detailed information can be found in the 2018 Angling Summary (3.2M).
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 Angling Licence Vendors across PEI.
* Note: Angling licences are not available for purchase until April 1st
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:
Information on smelt fishing can be found on page 46 of the 2018 Angling Summary.
Species such as mackerel and striped bass are regulated by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans so questions regarding catches or licensing should be directed to them.
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 2018?
Read the 2018 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. Angling licenses are not required but anglers must abide by all regulations and rules.