Government of New Brunswick

You do not need a fishing licence on tidal waters unless Atlantic salmon is retained.

Tidal waters are all waters downstream from an inland water boundary – often referred to as head of tide. Boundaries for our main waterways are listed below.  The boundary for waters not listed is the low-water mark at the time of low water as set by Canadian Tide and Current Tables (Department of Fisheries and Oceans). Maps are available at your local Service New Brunswick Office.  For more information, contact your local Fisheries and Oceans office.

Waterway Beginning at:
Aboujagane River A line drawn from map grid 91151585 to 91291585 (Cormier’s Point). Refer to map Port Elgin 21 I/1.*
Armstrong Brook The CN Railway Bridge
Barnaby River A line drawn from map grid 00849654 to 00939654. Refer to map Newcastle 21 I/13.*
Bartibog River Egans Quarry
Bass River A line drawn from map grid 06378083 to 06408083. Refer to map Bathurst 21 P/12.*
Bay du Vin River Gulliver Bridge at Auburnville
Belledune River A line drawn from map grid 83751030 to 83761029. Refer to map Pointe Verte 21 P/13.*
Benjamin River The CN Railway Bridge
Big Salmon River 200 m downstream from the mouth of Cranberry Brook.
Big Tracadie River The mouth of Aimée Brook
Black River McColl’s Swinging Bridge
Black River 100 m upstream from the public wharf in the estuary.
Buctouche River The highway bridge at Coates Mills
Burnt Church River The Route 11 Bridge
Canaan River Highway 10 bridges at Coles Island
Charlo River The CN Railway Bridge
Cocagne River The Route 525 Bridge
Digdeguash River The highway bridge at Digdeguash
Eel River The dam at the mouth of Eel River Cove
Elmtree River The Basin Road Bridge
Gaspereau River The sign placed by a fishery officer at map grid 13960166. Refer to map Port Elgin 21 I/1.*
Haché Brook A line drawn from map grid 97658496 to 97708496. Refer to map Bathurst 21 P/12.*
Hammond River The CN Railway Bridge at Nauwigewauk
Jacquet River The Route 11 Bridge
Kennebecasis River The power line crossing at Bloomfield
Keswick River The Route 105 Bridge at Mouth of Keswick
Kinnear River A line drawn from map grid 91151585 to 91291585 (Cormier’s Point). Refer to map Port Elgin 21 I/1.*
Kouchibouguac River The Route 11 Bridge
Kouchibouguac River A line drawn from map grid 95311676 to 95461680. Refer to map Port Elgin 21 I/1. *
Kouchibouguacis River The bridge at Pont-du-Milieu
Little Bartibog River The Route 11 Bridge at Russellville
Little Buctouche River The highway bridge at McKees Mills
Little River The Route 11 Bridge
Little Southwest
Miramichi River
The oxbow on the north boundary line of the Red Bank Indian Reserve No. 7.
Little Tracadie River A line drawn from map grid 49256457 to 49266457. Refer to map Burnsville 21 P/11.*
Magaguadavic River The Magaguadavic No. 1 Highway Bridge on South Street, St. George
Memramcook River The causeway at College Bridge
Middle River The CN Railway Bridge
Millstream River The CN Railway Bridge
Napan River The School Bridge
Nashwaak River The bridge on Bridge Street, Fredericton
Nepisiguit River The Consolidated Bathurst pumping station dam
Nerepis River The Route 102 Bridge
New River 60 m downstream from the Route 1 Bridge
Nigadoo River The mouth of Comeau Brook
North Caraquet River The mouth of Ruisseau des Prairies
Northwest Millstream River The Route 425 Bridge
Northwest Miramichi River The downstream end of Scott’s Rapid Pool.
Oyster River The Route 11 Bridge
Peters River A line drawn from map grid 99738268 to 99788260. Refer to map Bathurst 21 P/12.*
Petitcodiac River The Route 114 causeway between Moncton and Riverview
Pocologan River The Route 1 causeway at Pocologan
Point Wolfe River The covered bridge in Fundy National Park
Pokemouche River The mouth of Pollard Brook
Renous River The Route 8 Bridge
Restigouche River A line drawn from map grid 61631743 to 61631836 (Morrissey Rock). Refer to map Atholville 21 O/15.*
Richibucto River The mouth of Coal Branch River
Saint John River A line drawn from map grid 68429155 at the McKinley Ferry site to 68229192 on Crocks Point. Refer to map Fredericton 21 G/15.*
Saint-Charles River
(Aldouane River)
A line drawn from map grid 51337357 to 51227374. Refer to map Richibucto 21 I/10.*
Saint-Simon River The mouth of Ruisseau de la Cernu
Salmon River The Route 123 Bridge
Scoudouc River A line drawn from map grid 81771660 to 81751652. Refer to map Moncton 21 I/2.*
Shediac River The covered bridge on the Evangeline Road
Shepody River The floodgate at Harvey Bank
South Caraquet River A line drawn from map grid 40728827 to 40748825. Refer to map Burnsville 21 P/11.*
Southwest Miramichi River A line drawn from map grid 87948796 to 87048802 (the Oldsquaw Rock above the mouth of the Renous River). Refer to map Newcastle 21 I/13.*
St. Croix River The Ferry Point International Bridge in St. Stephen
Tabusintac River Head of Tide Island
Tantramar River The Route 2 Bridge at Sackville
Teagues Brook The highway bridge near Janeville
Tetagouche River The downstream end of Minnie’s Pool
Upper Salmon River The abutment above the old mill dam in Alma
Waweig River The Route 1 Bridge at Waweig

*Map grid numbers for some waters are only partial. The full number can be found by examining the appropriate topographic map.