Sport Fishing

Fishing In Hay River

The fishing in Hay River is a huge attraction for many tourists in the Northwest Territories. With great locations around the town and one of the freshest lakes in Canada, people from all over the world come here to spend countless hours waiting for their perfect catch.

Some of the fish you can find in the Hay River Area are:

  • Arctic Grayling
  • Burbot
  • Inconnu
  • Lake Trout
  • Goldeye
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Lake Whitefish

There are many areas situated in Hay River that offer great locations to cast a line. One of our most popular locations is at Porritt Landing. There you can either fish right from the wharf or launch a boat and look for a spot to anchor and spend a day fishing on the lake.

Another popular spot is right along the edge of Hay River. Near the West Channel Bridge, there are great banks along the river that you can spend an afternoon fishing and have a picnic with the family. This location is great for both kids and adults. Please click the map for a more detailed view of our various fishing locations throughout Hay River.


Barbless Hooks

The use of barbless hooks for sport fishing is mandatory in the NWT.

Barbless hooks permit easier removal of the hook, minimizing damage to the fish and reducing handling time, which subsequently increases the chances of survival for released fish. Barb hooks can easily be converted to barbless by either crimping or filing the barb off.

Fishing Licences

NWT Fishing Licences are available at the Hay River Visitor Information Centre.

A Sport Fishing Licence is required by everyone except:

  • NWT and Canadian residents under the age of 16 or 65 years of age and over, unless fishing in an area that requires an additional validation.
  • Non-resident anglers under the age of 16 who are accompanied by a person holding a valid sport fishing licence, unless they are fishing in an area that requires an additional validation.

Note: The fishing rights of Aboriginal people in the NWT are different from other  non-aboriginal fishers and are not described in the above requirements.

For more information on NWT Sport Fishing licenses, including a list of prices, please refer to the following link.