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The 2024 Guide to Fishing in the Chaleur Region

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or an absolute beginner, our 2024 Ultimate Fishing Guide has all the information you need for a successful fishing trip in the Chaleur Region.

 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:

  • Fishing rod;
  • Bait/tackle (worms, spinners, flies);
  • Cooler w/ ice;
  • Sunscreen & a hat;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Water & Snack;
  • Change of clothes.

…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!

Glendenning’s Canteen 1950 Rte 430, Big River NB

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!

Jack’s Fly Shop

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!

[Jack's Fly Shop]

Jack’s Fly Shop 375 Raymond Ave

Pro Nature 

Pro Nature recently opened up in their refreshed space at 2065 St. Peter Avenue, 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!

Plein Air Belle-Baie Outdoor 

Located at 729 rue Principale in Beresford, Plein Air Belle-Baie Outdoor is stocked up with everything you need for a successful day out on the water. Make sure to check them out! 

What can you catch here?

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 2024-2025 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.

[Jacquet River Salmon Barrier]

Book an All-Inclusive Fishing Tour

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.

Bass Attack Fishing

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.

[Bass Attack Fishing]

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.

L’Acadien Sea Adventures

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.

[L'Acadien Sea Adventures]

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!

Experience U-Fish

Do you dream of going on a fishing adventure on your own, while receiving some advice and your equipment? The Chaleur region has two magnificent places to offer you!

Forbes Aquaculture

Located in Petit-Rocher, Forbes Aquaculture is a u-fish farm that offers you the opportunity to fish rainbow trout! All the equipment is provided to you, from rods to baits! This beautiful location was formally known as "Les Étangs du Nord" and has been a family favorite activity for many years!  

[Forbes Aquaculture]

Atlas Park Domain

Recently reopened, Atlas Park Domain is located in a pristine environment in beautiful Pointe-Verte. Fishing enthusiasts have the opportunity to rent canoes and fishing rods to go explore the lake, which is home to many fishes! 

[Atlas Park Domain]

Shore Fishing is a Breeze (and that’s for shore!)

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. 

Tip: the sunsets are incredible, make sure to take pictures!

Note: Stay tuned for regulations on mackerel recreational fishing.

We’re Here for the Lobster Rolls

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).

Grab a Shovel and Dig!

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.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat)

We have many public access boat launches (with parking) for your convenience!

Motorized Boat Launches
  • Youghall Beach Boat Launch - Located at the point of Youghall Beach just past the Bathurst Marina
  • St. Andrew St. Boat Launch- Located at the corner of St. Andrew St and Main St in Bathurst
Non-motorized Boat Launches
  • St. Andrew St. Boat Launch
  • Beresford Beach Boat Launch - E Park St close to the Beresford Arena
  • Causeway Park Pier - Dock located on the Bathurst Causeway

Wharfs (motorized and non-motorized)

  • Pointe-Verte Wharf
  • Petit-Rocher Wharf
  • Miller Brook Wharf
  • Stonehaven Wharf

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!

[Bathurst Marina]

Visit their website for rates and services.

The Best Fish Markets on the North Shore

Not feeling like fishing today but still craving delicious, fresh seafood? We have three quality fish markets for your convenience!

  • Poissonnerie Arseneau- 221 Rue Principale, Nigadoo
  • Mclean’s Fish Market- 624 Garden St, Bathurst
  • Fish on Wheels- 1082 Principale St, Beresford


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