Published May 04
It’s no secret that the Chaleur Region is surrounded by water! We have a big, beautiful bay (one of the most beautiful in the world in fact!) and an abundance of rivers just waiting to be explored.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or just looking for something fun to do with the family, you’ll find all the info you need for a successful fishing trip.
Before you head out on your adventure, make sure you pack the essentials:
…last but not least, a fishing license! Find out more about regulations and fees here, and purchase yours today through the SNB website!
Pro tip: If you’re an advocate for supporting local businesses, Glendenning’s Canteen is a family-owned and operated one-stop shop for licenses, tackle, live bait and most importantly… fresh, homemade sandwiches for lunch!
Need a few items to complete your checklist?
Check out one of our local shops for knowledgeable service, and everything you need for a successful fishing trip!
Local fisherman Jack Bourque operates a small shop from his home on Raymond Ave. in Bathurst. His expert fly-tying skills bring fishermen of all skill levels in search of the best quality flies and fishing equipment. You can trust Jack for great fishing tips. He even offers fly-fishing lessons!
Pro Nature recently opened up in their refreshed space at 729 Rue Principale, Beresford, and they are fully stocked with all the fishing and outdoor gear you could possibly need.
Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or a beginner, Pro Nature is a one-stop shop!
Our freshwater and saltwater systems promote a unique variety of fish species!
The Bay of Chaleur is home to an abundance of striped bass, mackerel, trout, smelt, flat-fish and a variety of shellfish such as lobster, scallops and clams. You can find trout, Atlantic salmon and landlocked salmon in our rivers.
Note: Due to conservation efforts, Atlantic Salmon is catch-and-release only in New Brunswick. Check out the 2022 Fishing Guide for tips on safely catching and releasing salmon.
Want to learn more about salmon conservation in New Brunswick? Take a trip to the Jacquet River Salmon Barrier! Learn about how their team is working to restore our salmon population.
If you’re new in town, reserving a trip with one of our local outfitters is your best bet! They’ll take care of everything– all you have to do is have fun and make memories.
What’s better than a day out on the kayaks? How about catching dinner at the same time?
Bass Attack Fishing is your family-friendly, all-inclusive kayak fishing outfitter– all you need to bring is a change of clothes and a great attitude.
Start the day by heading out with a qualified guide and up to four of your friends or family members. Soak in the amazing views while trying to get some fishing in!
Now, all that’s left is to head home and cook your catch! You can’t get more fresh and local than that.
Calling all landlubbers!
Spend an adventure-filled afternoon on the Bay of Chaleur aboard “L’acadien”! You’ll head out from the Petit-Rocher wharf for 2.5 hours of fun on the water.
Experience the excitement of mackerel fishing with experienced local fisherman, Charles Roy, and keep your catch at the end of the day. All fishing gear is provided, and no experience is required!
The Youghall Beach point is a popular spot for bass and mackerel fishing! Grab your gear, chair and cooler for a relaxing evening at this picturesque location. If you happen to have a boat, there is a slip available for your convenience. Afterwards, pop by the Marina for a drink or an ice cream from the Singing Nomad Cafe!
Tip: the sunsets are incredible, make sure to take pictures!
Note: The commercial mackerel fishery has been canceled for the 2022 season. Stay tuned for regulations on recreational fishing.
The Bay of Chaleur is known for producing some of the most tender and succulent lobster on the East Coast! There’s nothing like a fresh lobster dinner with all the fixins’ after a beach day!
Although you can purchase lobster year-round in New Brunswick, Chaleur lobster is best in-season (May-June).
Wondering how you can eat lobster like a local? Read about where to find the best lobster here.
Clam digging is a popular activity on the Bay of Chaleur! Spend the day digging clams with friends and family, then head back to your campsite/cottage/trailer for a delicious clam feast!
Visit this page for further information about harvesting shellfish in New Brunswick.
We have many public access boat launches (with parking) for your convenience!
You can find a map of locations and services here.
Note: Each wharf has its own regulations. Make sure to check with someone in charge before you launch!
If you’re looking for more than just a ramp, the Bathurst Marina offers ramp access, full-service camping sites, dumping stations and much more!
Visit their website for rates and services.
Not feeling like fishing today but still craving delicious, fresh seafood? We have three quality fish markets for your convenience!
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