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Saint John River, Tidal Waters?

18940 Views 6 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Jim VE9WH
Can anyone help me straighten this out? The lower Saint John. Does one need a licence to fish it? I always buy one (because I fish Trout lakes and streams), but I hear at least once a year from various relatives that they don't need a licence as long as they are in Tidal waters. Since the strip of the Saint John River we are one is tidal, they consider it the same as fishing out in the bay. I do remember a case a few years back of someone out fishing salmon in a river (perhaps the Restigouche) without a licence, and when stopped by the rangers he fought it, claiming they had no jurisdiction. I can't remember the outcome of that case.

Any thoughts? Where is the line between ocean fishing and river fishing? Is it at the mouth of the harbour? Reversing Falls? Oak Point (That's as far upstream as salt water penetrates) Fredericton (still tidal there, albeit not much)
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"You do not need a fishing licence on tidal waters unless Atlantic salmon is retained."

This according to the NB Government site below:

It also lists a lot of the main rivers and where their tidal boundaries are.

One river it misses is the Oromocto river, which is tidal up to Pride's Landing. That would include French and Sunpoke Lakes.

This site doesn't say it, but ipop is bang on that any limits in place by the province are in full effect on tidal waters.
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