Prince Edward Island

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Fishing in Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is famous for a lot of things – delicious mussels, red sandy beaches, hiking trails, and amazing fisheries. With its combination of top-quality cuisine, outdoor adventures, and nature, this small province has become one of Canada’s most visited destinations. If you’re planning on fishing in Prince Edward Island, you’re in for a real treat!

Top Target Species

Prince Edward Island is well-known for its Bluefin Tuna fishing. However, any local will tell you that this area has a lot more to offer. The island contains 1,100 miles of coastline, with many bays and estuaries, as well as rivers and streams. It’s an ideal location for both saltwater and freshwater angling.

Saltwater

When it comes to big game Tuna fishing, there’s no other place in the world like North Lake Harbor. North Lake is a bay situated on the easternmost tip of the island, and is often referred to as the “Tuna Capital of the World.” With record catches over 1,000 pounds, this is a great place to target big Bluefin Tuna.

Cod is also a very popular target species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Their season is relatively short and varies year to year, but they’re usually available from mid-summer to early autumn. If you want to go after Cod during the offseason, you’ll have to hop on a Prince Edward Island fishing charter to do so.

Atlantic Mackerel is very abundant in these waters and is extremely challenging on a fly and spinning rod. It’s also a very popular target species as there is no limit to how many legally-sized fish you can keep in a day.

Freshwater

Brook Trout is by far the most popular freshwater fish to target on Prince Edward Island. They can be found in most rivers and streams on the island and can range anywhere between three to six pounds.

White Perch can also be found in the island’s warmer waters. Over recent decades, this species has increased, moving into artificially protected areas and impoundments.

Atlantic Salmon is also a possible target, but has dwindled over the last few decades. However, recent conservation efforts have proven successful. Today, you can catch Salmon in five main rivers: Morell, Valleyfield, West, Naufrage, and Trout Rivers. Please note, Salmon is strictly catch-and-release and limited to fly fishing only.

Several other species have also been introduced to the region, such as Rainbow Trout. Given the island’s ideal conditions, it’s no wonder that the Trout population has flourished. These fish are  incredible fighters, challenging even the most experienced anglers with dazzling leaps out of the water.

Need to Know

Most charters and guides provide fishing licenses for everyone on board. Before you head out, be sure to pack extra layers of clothing, some food and drinks, and Dramamine if you think you might get seasick.

You’re now one step closer to exploring one of Canada’s top fisheries, so check out some of the local charters in the area and start planning your adventure today!

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Prince Edward Island Fishing Seasons

Ring in the New Year with a fun family getaway to Prince Edward Island! January is a good time for offshore fishing, so hop on a charter and target Cod and Atlantic Mackerel in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Cod and Mackerel fisheries are bustling in February. Pick an offshore charter that will take you trolling and get ready to load up on some delicious fish!

March is a good time to target Halibut, Cod, and Mackerel. Trout fishing along the streams and rivers start to heat up as well, so be sure to check out one of the freshwater guides as well.

Flounder fishing starts to get hot in the surrounding estuaries around the island. Rainbow and Brook Trout fishing is great if you plan on freshwater fishing.

Brook Trout enters its peak, so be sure to take advantage of this and plan a fly fishing trip on the Morell River.

Summer festivities begin all throughout the island, so it’s a good time to plan a family trip. Be sure to check out The Charlottetown Festival for fun musical plays, such as “Anne of Green Gables.”

The fishing really starts to heat up in July. Offshore, you’ll find various Shark species, such as Porbeagle, Dogfish, Mako, and Blue Shark. In freshwater, you’ll be able to target Atlantic Salmon, White Perch, and Brook Trout.

Now is the time to get on a saltwater charter and head offshore for some big game Tuna fishing! Head to North Lake Harbor and get ready to catch a prestigious Bluefin Tuna with likely bycatches of various Shark species.

Tuna and Shark fishing are hotter than ever! Rainbow Trout makes a serious comeback as well. September is also one of the best months to go after the elusive Brown Trout.

Tuna fishing remains hot throughout October so book an offshore charter and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Tuna fishing starts to cool down but you can still target lots of Mackerel and various Shark species as well.

The island is filled with holiday cheer! Head to Charlottetown for the annual Christmas festival and check out some of the delicious food, artisan ware, and local crafts.

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Top Targeted Species in Prince Edward Island

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Mackerel (Atlantic)

Mackerel (Atlantic)

Cod

Cod

Shark (Blue)

Shark (Blue)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Atlantic)

Salmon (Atlantic)