Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey as you cast your line into the pristine waters of the majestic Wolastoq (Saint John River) surrounding waterways and tributaries. Here, amidst breathtaking natural beauty, awaits a rare opportunity to reel in the best fishing in Atlantic Canada with world-class opportunities spanning from spring to late fall.  

Picture yourself on the tranquil riverbanks, surrounded by the whispers of nature, as you engage in the exhilarating pursuit of multi-species fishing. Brace yourself for the challenge and excitement as you aim to conquer the only place in North America where you can fish the Triple Crown: the musky, the striped bass, and the short nose sturgeon. And here's the best part – it's all within your grasp in a single day if luck favours you and the fish are feeling generous! 

Experience the ultimate convenience with numerous accessible fishing spots from boats, kayaks, or simply from shorelines. No licence? No problem - enjoy tidal water without the hassle of licensing requirements, fostering a welcoming environment for both visitors and locals alike.  

Whether you're a seasoned angler seeking the ultimate conquest or a novice eager to test your skills, the Fredericton Capital Region promises premium fishing adventures. 

Crafted with the perfect balance of nature and urban comfort, the Fredericton Capital Region boasts conveniently located amenities, from local eateries to award-winning craft breweries, charming boutiques and galleries and more, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the serene tranquillity of the outdoors while still relishing the comforts of the city life.  

So pack (or rent!) your gear, sharpen your hooks, and set your sights on the Fredericton Capital Region – your next destination for fishing awaits! 

Guides & Outfitters

If you’re ready for a reel adventure, book a Fredericton Capital Region guided fishing trip! 

  • Join licensed professional guide Marlon Prince for guided fishing trips along the Wolastoq for groups or single anglers. Choose to fish for chain pickerel, musky, smallmouth bass, striped bass, salmon, or trout. With no licence required for most trips, and no charge for children under 16, it’s an excellent adventure for the whole family. All gear, flys, lures and food supplied. 

  • Minnow Tackle Shop, Fredericton’s family-owned tackle shop since 2020, offers a diverse selection of fishing products and clothing for all types of fishing. Collaborating with angling organizations in New Brunswick, they boast top fishing guides who have worked with celebrities and TV shows. Emphasizing education, Minnow Tackle Shop provides teaching services for beginners and seasoned veterans alike, focusing on proper equipment use, handling and release practices, and reading signs of stress in species. With three experienced guides, they offer single and half-day trips with all necessary equipment provided, including safety gear and refreshments. 

  • Off the Charts Outfitters offers fishing trips departing from Fredericton, Douglas Harbour, Oromocto, Nackawic and Mactaquac Headpond. Let Off the Charts guide you across the water in pursuit of smallmouth bass, striped bass, or musky! Can’t wait for the warmer weather? Off the Charts’ Ice Fishing expeditions are available throughout the winter, and include lunch cooked on the ice! All gear supplied as part of the packages. 

  • Experience the Ultimate Fishing Adventure with Salmon River Bend Outfitters! Nestled within Chimpman, Salmon River Bend Outfitters calls anglers to embark on an unforgettable fishing excursion. As a premier outfitter in New Brunswick, their expert guides lead you to the region's finest fishing spots, ensuring an exceptional catch every time. 

  • Explore the scenic beauty of the Fredericton Capital Region with Pehqey Outfitters Guide Service while guided by seasoned experts who will lead you to the finest fishing spots. Whether you prefer the tranquil waters of the Wolastoq (Saint John River) or hidden gems off the beaten path, our tailored excursions cater to all skill levels. Unforgettable experiences await as you cast your line and reel in the catch of a lifetime! 

If you’re not ready for a full-on fishing expedition, but would like to dip your toes into the fishing scene, visit Fredericton Junction during the annual Gaspereau Run on the Oromocto River. Each May, countless gasperau fish make their way inland from the Atlantic Ocean, and can be seen and caught in multitudes, swimming against the current of the Oromocto River. A short walk from the historic Currie House, you can take part in the fun - even catching fish with your bare hands! Bring along a net, a bucket, and a fishing license if you are over the age of 16! Bag limit of 20. 

Top 6 places to Fish in the Fredericton Capital Region 

Ready to cast a line? Check out the Department of Natural Resources FAQ page for specific information and regulations related to fishing in New Brunswick. 

New Brunswick Fishing Guides

Looking for more details on guides in the Fredericton Capital Region? Get the full list and contact details here.

Learn more

What species are there? 

There are 10+ sport fish available, and which ones depend on when and where you are.

New Brunswick is known for World Class Stripers (Striped Bass) and Smallmouth bass and the word is getting out about the massive Musky in the Wolastoq (Saint John river).

Make sure to check the annual Fish Guide from the Department of Natural Resources for a full list of varieties, locations, seasonality, and other regulations.

  • Large Mouth Bass & small mouth bass
  • Trout
  • White Perch & Yellow Perch
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Bullhead catfish
  • Pumpkinseed sunfish
  • Short nose sturgeon
  • Musky
  • Stripe bass
  • Burbot
Ice Fishing

Embrace the chill and discover the magic of ice fishing in the Fredericton Capital Region! Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland as you venture onto frozen waters to experience the excitement of this timeless tradition. With stunning landscapes and abundant fish species awaiting beneath the ice, every angler's dream becomes a reality in this serene and picturesque setting.  
The ice fishing season starts as soon as the ice on lakes and rivers is thick enough. All depending on the spot, the season generally runs from January to early March. 

By the end of May, all that ice is long gone and you can head out on a river or lake for a regular single- or multiday fishing trip. 

Whether you're a seasoned ice angler or a first-time adventurer looking for a guide, the Fredericton Capital Region offers endless opportunities for unforgettable experiences on the ice. 

Major Events

Discover stories behind the catch! 

Dive into captivating fishing adventures through stories and videos about the Fredericton Capital Region and get a fresh perspective on the Fredericton Capital Region fishing scene.  

In the heart of Destination Nackawic, Fish’n Canada had a chance to participate in the new 2023 Destination Small Moth Open, where they competed along the legendary Wolastoq (Saint John River). Read more here or watch the full video here.  

Join Kate and Martin from the Adventure Hunting Fishing the Show on an exciting muskie fishing adventure along the Wolastoq (Saint John River). Watch their adventure here.