Are you interested in ice fishing during spring or sport fishing during summer and fall? It’s all possible in Nunavut, the least populated of 3 territories in Canada. For land the size of Mexico, there is an estimated 32,000 residents, most of them Inuit people. Being on the northernmost side of Canada, Nunavut has the lowest annual temperature, on the average, than any other part of Canada. Also, Nunavut connects communities by boat. There are no roads outside of communities so it’s a boat ride for many which is perfect for anglers who love being on the water as much as possible. It’s also possible to fly into Nunavut and land right on the lake or beside the lake where you plan to go fishing. Awesome!
Many of the fish in Nunavut are under constant study by fishery management experts. Thus, it isn’t uncommon to come across fish tagged by these managers. It helps them predict growth rates, movements, and distribution. If you manage to catch a tagged fish, you actually get rewarded for your catch by the local government provided you can supply the tag and catch details. However it also means there are strict rules on fishing in Nunavut.
There are some rules when it comes to fishing in Nunavut like acquiring a license. This is something you can request from your tour operator if you are a visitor or from accredited locations around the territory if you are a resident. There are also certain areas that are restricted to anglers.
No live fish as bait. The same applies for live fish eggs
You can only use a single line with a maximum of 2 hooks per line during open water season
Ice fishing allows for 2 lines with 2 hooks each and anglers cannot be more than 60 yards away from the lines
Gaff is not allowed for sport fishing
It is against the law to leave fish remains, waste, or sell fish
Fortunately in Nunavut, you can go fishing any time of the year and because of the fish population which is highly regulated, down time usually does not last long. Spear fishing is allowed but there are additional rules for engaging in this type of fishing. Fly fishing is very popular although one should be careful about other wildlife in the area since you are in shallow waters and close to land. In Nunavut, be especially careful of bears. There are 3 types of bears in Nunavut: the grizzly, black, and polar bears
Trophy fish? Yes! Nunavut’s got it like the Arctic char, northern pike, and the lake trout. You will also get a chance to catch the walleye, bass, muskie, speckled, and salmon. A char can weigh as much as 20 pounds while the Arctic grayling, which is a freshwater fish can get up to an average of 9 pounds and 30 inches in length. The northern pike is challenging to catch and gets to a weight of 55 pounds and an average of almost 60 inches in length. Another biggie is the lake trout with an average weight of 25 to 50 pounds. There are even true stories of fish camps guests able to catch 40 pieces of trout in one day!
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