Fishing on Cape Breton Island

Man fishing in Margaree River on Cape Breton Island

It's never a bad day on the river

As we like to say around here, "it's never a bad day on the river". This is particularly true of Nova Scotia's sport fishing gem: the Margaree River. This historic salmon river is world renowned for its salmon fishing. Angling enthusiasts return year-after-year in pursuit of hooking into a mighty Salmo salar. A more scenic river would be hard to find. You can easily pass any number of days fishing the beautiful pools and runs of the Margaree. It is about a 30 minute drive to the Margarees from our location.

Salmon fishing season generally runs from June 1st to October 31st. A salmon fishing license can be obtained at the local Home Hardware Pro Shop. Your host at Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins is also a licensed fishing guide - contact us to arrange a day of guided fishing!

Don't forget to brush up on your salmon fishing etiquette before jumping into a pool - you will make more friends by observing and respecting the local customs on the river!

World famous salmon fishing on the Margaree River

Year-round fishing in the Bras d'Or Lakes

Whycocomagh Bay at Dawn

Known as Cape Breton's Inland Sea, the oceanic waters of the Bras d'Or Lakes make them a federal fishery. You are not required to purchase a license to fish these waters, however you must still abide by the DFO fishing regulations and bag limits.

The Bras d'Or Lake is known for good fishing for rainbow and brown trout, striped bass, smelt, salmon, cod, flounder, blueback herring, gaspereau and eel. There are numerous places to fish from the bank and launch a boat in the Bras d'Or, including in Whycocomagh, about 5km from your cabin, so be sure to bring your rod and gear with you if you enjoy fishing!

In this photo, Molly our cattle dog is eyeing up a fish early one morning in Whycocomagh Provincial Park (5km down the road from our location).

Ice fishing is a popular winter activity on the Bras d'Or.

Skye River, River Denys, Middle River, Baddeck River, Grand River

With so many rivers within an hours drive of Whycocomagh, Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins is centrally located for many fishing adventures. Fishing is one of our favourite pass times, so we'd be happy to help you coordinate some great day trips on the water during your visit.

Man standing in the Margaree River flyfishing
Person fly fishing in the fall

We are all four seasons!

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