Saskatchewan has an automated hunting, angling and trapping licence (HAL) system in place.  Licences are available online any time, through private issuers, Ministry of Environment and select provincial park offices, or by phone at 1-855-848-4773. Please check saskatchewan.ca/fishing for more information.

ANGLING

Saskatchewan is divided into three management zones for angling regulation purposes. All lakes intersected by zone borders fall into the zone immediately north of the border.

2018/2019 Season Dates:

Southern Zone: May 5, 2018– March 31, 2019
Central Zone: May 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Northern Zone: May 25, 2018 – April 15, 2019

General fishing regulations apply province-wide. Check your Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide for a summary of the major regulations anglers should be aware of.

Licence Fees:

Saskatchewan Resident, Annual - $37.00
Saskatchewan Resident, 3 day (southern and central zones) - $19.00
Saskatchewan Resident, 1 day (southern and central zones) - $13.00

Canadian Resident, Annual - $75.00
Canadian Resident, 3 day (southern and central zones) - $40.00
Canadian Resident, 1 day (southern and central zones) - $20.00

Non-Resident, Annual - $100.00
Non-Resident, 3 day (southern and central zones) - $50.00
Non-Resident, 1 day (southern and central zones) - $25.00

Youth (under 16) and Saskatchewan Resident seniors (over 65) do not require a license.

Purchasing A Licence:

Anglers will need to create a Hunting, Angling and Trapping (HAL) identification to purchase a licence. This a one-time requirement. You can purchase your licence through any one of the following methods:

1. The online hunting, angling and trapping (HAL) licencing system

2. Any Saskatchewan fishing licence issuer;

3. Select provincial park offices or at the Ministry of Environment;

4. By phone at 1-855-848-4773 (8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saskatchewan time)

Limits - Province-Wide:

In all management zones, no more than one fish per species may exceed specified upper size limits. The specified upper size limit refers to the total length of fish as they are taken from the water. Measure your fish from the tip of the snout to the farthest tip of the tail (with the tail pinched) to determine its legal length. The limits for some of the 20 regulated sport fish species are shown below. The daily limit is the same as the possession limit.

Sample:

  • walleye/sauger - 4, only one may exceed 55 cm total length
  • northern pike - 5, only one may exceed 75 cm total length
  • lake trout - 3, only one may exceed 65 total length
  • Arctic grayling - 2, only one may exceed 35 cm total length
  • goldeye - 8
  • whitefish - 8
  • burbot - 8
  • stocked trout, including: brook, brown, cutthroat, rainbow, splake, tiger trout and Atlantic salmon (all species combined) - 5
  • perch - 25

Anglers can catch the limit for all species in one day. At no time, however, can they exceed the limit for any one species.

For example, in any given day, you may take five northern pike with only one pike exceeding 75 cm in length, four walleye/sauger in combination with one walleye/sauger exceeding 55 cm in length, and three lake trout with only one exceeding 65 cm in length. This would fill your limit for all pike, walleye/sauger, and lake trout. You could still catch your limit for other species not yet caught.

You are required to package your catch in such a way that species can be identified. Fillets must be packaged so that number and length of fish can be easily determined by a conservation officer. Two fillets are counted as one fish. These rules are especially important for anglers returning to the United States with their catches, but apply equally to all anglers. Refer to the Anglers’ Guide for specific information on the transportation/export of sport fish.

Anglers returning to the United States from Saskatchewan should note that anyone transporting fish taken by angling out of Saskatchewan must possess a valid Saskatchewan angling licence. Fish transported from Saskatchewan must be easily identified according to species and number and length.

Certain provincial waters may also be subject to special regulations such as reduced limits, closed times or barbless hooks. If the water to be fished is listed in the special regulations tables of the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide, anglers must comply with the general regulations and any special regulations that are identified for that water.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

The following is a summary of general regulations for angling in Saskatchewan. For special regulations covering different wildlife management zones, consult the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide.

General Prohibitions
It is unlawful to:

  • sport fish without possessing a valid Saskatchewan angling licence unless the angler is under 16 years of age or a Saskatchewan resident senior;
  • use another person's licence to fish;
  • falsify information on a licence;
  • backdate or otherwise alter a licence;
  • fail to produce a licence upon request of a conservation officer or an RCMP officer;
  • assist or fish with individuals who are fishing for food pursuant to their Treaty or Aboriginal rights, unless the rights bearing person(s) do not exceed the maximum number or size of fish permitted by angling under these regulations; or the accompanying person has a recognized Treaty or Aboriginal right to fish for food in Saskatchewan; or is a member of their immediate family;
  • possess fish taken for food by an individual under their Treaty or Aboriginal fishing rights, unless you are a member of their immediate family or have a Treaty or Aboriginal right to fish for food in Saskatchewan;
  • fish in closed waters or during a closed season;
  • take more fish than the limit specifies (limit includes fish stored or eaten for shore lunch);
  • take more than the Saskatchewan limit of fish on boundary waters with Alberta, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Prince Albert National Park, unless otherwise specified;
  • transport fish taken by angling that are skinless, cut or packaged so that the species, number and length cannot be determined; Ÿ fish with more than one line during open water season;
  • use more than four hooks on one line (a lure with a gang of hooks is considered one hook);
  • be more than 25 m (27.3 yds) from your fishing line;
  • be in any place where your fishing line(s) are not visible at all times;
  • possess or use any spring-loaded gaff or spring-loaded hook;
  • use a dipnet except to land fish taken by angling;
  • use lights, firearms, chemicals, electric shockers or explosives to catch or kill fish;
  • take fish by snaring or snagging;
  • grapple or use hands alone to take or attempt to take fish;
  • use fish traps or nets to take fish, unless specifically licensed to do so;
  • fish within 23 m (25 yds) downstream from any constructed dam or obstacle except where there is a ministry sign allowing fishing;
  • angle on the Saskatchewan portion of boundary waters without a valid Saskatchewan angling licence, unless otherwise specified;
  • sell, waste or barter fish taken by angling;
  • fail to stop a vehicle or boat when requested or signaled by a conservation officer or an RCMP officer;
  • tamper with or take fish from a net, trap or holding device without the owner's permission; and
  • import into Saskatchewan or transport within Saskatchewan any live fish or live fish eggs.

Fishing with Bait

  • live fish may not be used as bait. Only baitfish that are dead and have been commercially frozen or preserved may be used;
  • all frozen fish to be used as bait in Saskatchewan (including smelt), that originate from Ontario, Quebec, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, jurisdictions known to harbour viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), require proof that the fish are certified free of VHS;
  • live leeches or crayfish may not be imported into Saskatchewan. Only leeches and crayfish originating within Saskatchewan may be used as live bait. Canadian and nonresident anglers must provide proof to an officer (upon request) that their live bait was purchased in Saskatchewan;
  • frogs and salamanders may not be used as bait;
  • the non-edible parts of a fish legally taken by angling, such as the eye, belly skin or internal organs can be used as bait and the fish from which the parts were taken must be dead and included in your limit;
  • earthworms or night crawlers may be imported and used as live bait. However, they must be shipped in a soil-free medium such as peat moss or shredded paper.

Ice Fishing

  • two lines may be used when ice fishing but they must at all times remain within 25 m (27.3 yds) and in sight of the person who has set or is using them;
  • only gaffs with a J-hook end may be used to land fish while ice fishing but they cannot exceed 1.5 m (1.6 yds) in length;
  • ice fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed from the ice no later than March 15 and ice fishing shelters north of Highway 16 must be removed no later than March 31;
  • storing or leaving ice fishing shelters on Crown land or on private land without the landowner's consent is not permitted; and
  • ice fishing shacks must have the owner's complete name, address and phone number in legible letters that are at least 2.5 cm (1 in) high on the outside of the shack.

Bow Fishing

  • bow fishing season is open from April 20 to March 31;
  • a valid Saskatchewan angling licence is required;
  • bow fishing is permitted for carp and suckers only – the taking of game fish and bigmouth buffalo by bow and arrow is prohibited;
  • no fish taken by bow fishing may be released, wasted or abandoned on Crown or private land without the landowner's consent;
  • fish arrows must be attached to the bow or archer with a line strong enough to retrieve impaled fish; and
  • a bow and arrow is defined as a firearm and cannot be used or possessed in: a) provincial and regional parks or provincial recreation sites; or b) a federal migratory bird sanctuary (call Environment and Climate Change Canada at 306-836-2022 for further information).

Underwater Spear Fishing

  • anyone possessing a valid Saskatchewan angling licence may underwater spear fish in Saskatchewan waters;
  • species limits are the same as those for hook and line angling;
  • no fish taken by spear fishing may be released;
  • pneumatic guns may be used for spear fishing in Saskatchewan;
  • no fish may be taken by underwater spear fishing unless the diver is submerged or swimming in the water;
  • spears shall be secured to the gun or to the diver by a line not exceeding five m (5.5 yds) in length and of sufficient strength to withstand the operating tension of the spear gun;
  • the use of explosive charges or any gas other than air as a spear gun propellant is not permitted;
  • all underwater spear fishers must display a scuba diver's flag while fishing; and
  • no underwater spear fishing is allowed within 100 m (109 yds) of a buoyed swimming area.

Don’t Transfer Live Fish

It is illegal to transfer live fish. Introduced fish species can harm the ecological balance of established fish communities. Only ministry fisheries biologists may authorize the movement of live fish within Saskatchewan. Anglers can help safeguard provincial fisheries by reporting anyone relocating fish or using live fish for bait. To prevent the spread of undesired fish species and fish disease:

  • do not move live fish or their eggs;
  • do not use live fish as bait; and
  • do not import live fish.

Angling Infractions

Penalties under The Fisheries Act are fines to a maximum of $100,000, imprisonment up to 12 months, or both. For certain offences, violators may be issued a summary offence ticket with a voluntary payment option, while other more serious offences may require a court appearance. Automatic licence suspensions of one to five years for serious offences were implemented in 2014 and fines for these offences increased.