Fishing in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is world famous for its fishing! Fishing in Saskatchewan is a popular recreational activity for locals and visitors alike. Some of the most popular lakes for fishing include Lake Diefenbaker, Lake Athabasca, and Last Mountain Lake. These lakes are home to many fish species, such as walleye, northern pike, lake trout, and yellow perch. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day on the water, a challenging trophy hunt, or a family-friendly adventure, fishing in Saskatchewan has something for everyone.

Fishing Zones

Saskatchewan is divided into three fishing zones (Southern,Central and Northern) with different fishing seasons. General fishing limits are the same across all zones, but individual lakes/waters may have additional restrictions/limits. These zones are managed by the provincial government.

The Prince Albert National Park is managed separately by the federal government. Limits, season dates, and regulations are different from the other zones in the province. Some lakes are closed to fishing and some have additional restrictions.

Important dates

Fishing Season start/end

Zone Opens Closes
Southern May 5, 2024 March 31, 2025
Central May 15, 2024 March 31, 2025
Northern May 25, 2024 April 15, 2024

Free fishing weekends in Saskatchewan

Twice a year Saskatchewan residents and visitors are able to fish for free without a Saskatchewan fishing license.

During these days Sask residents and visitors will be able to fish for free without a license. All regular limits, and regulations still apply.

The free fishing weekend does not apply in National Parks!

  • Second Weekend in July: July 13-14, 2024
  • Family Day Weekend: February 15-17, 2026

General Limits

Species Limit Additional Restrictions
Arctic grayling 2 only one may exceed 35 cm
Bigmouth buffalo 0
Channel catfish 1 which cannot exceed 60 cm
Goldeye / Mooneye 8
Lake trout 3 only one may exceed 65 cm 3 only one may exceed 65 cm
Largemouth bass 2
Northern pike 5 only one may exceed 75 cm
Perch 25
Rock bass 6
Stocked trout (brook, brown, rainbow, splake, and tiger trout) 5 all species combined
Smallmouth bass 0
Sturgeon 0
Walleye / sauger / saugeye 4 only one may exceed 55 cm
Whitefish ( Lake Whitefish , Mountain Whitefish ) 8

Catch and Release (CR) Limits

Zone Species Limit Additional Restrictions
CR1 Arctic grayling 1
Lake Trout 2 Only one may exceed 65 cm
Northern Pike 3 Only one may exceed 75 cm
Walleye/sauger/saugeye 2 Only one may exceed 55 cm
CR2 Arctic grayling 1 Which cannot exceed 35 cm
Lake Trout 2 None may exceed 65 cm
Northern Pike 3 None may exceed 75 cm
Walleye/sauger/saugeye 2 None may exceed 55 cm
CR3 Arctic grayling 1 Which cannot exceed 35 cm
Lake Trout 1 Which cannot exceed 65 cm
Northern Pike 1 Which cannot exceed 75 cm
Walleye/sauger/saugeye 1 Which cannot exceed 55 cm

Saskatchewan Fishing License

A Saskatchewan fishing license is required to fish on provincial waters in almost all cases.

How to buy a Saskatchewan fishing license

There are a few different ways to buy your fishing license:

  • Online at:
  • In person at any Saskatchewan angling licence issuer (many insurance offices in small towns, resorts, etc).
  • At a Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment field office.
  • At some provincial park offices.
  • By phone: 1-855-848-4773 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.). (Up to 10 days for delivery by mail)

The quickest and easiest is to buy your license online. You can even opt in to having your license renew every year if you are buying an annual license. You can then print it out or save it to your phone. I'd recommend having a printed copy in a plastic bag in your tackle box, just in case!

If you buy your license online you will require a Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system account. This is a free account and is used by the government to link you to your hunting/fishing license.

Different types of fishing license

You can buy a license that is valid for a single day, three days, or the entire season. You can buy an annual license at any point during the year, but it expires at the end of the current fishing season. So if you plan on fishing at any point during the year, you might as well buy your license early.

Who doesn't need a fishing license

There are a few situations where an individual would be allowed to fish and wouldn't need to have a license.

  • Saskatchewan residents 65 years and older do not need a fishing license. Bring along proof of age and residency.
  • Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. It would be a good idea to bring along some sort of identification to prove their age.
  • First Nations and Metis individuals may not require a license to fish.

Canadian veterans honourably discharged from the Canadian Armed Forces. Do require a license but are eligible for a free annual angling license.

License Fees

License Cost
Saskatchewan Resident - Annual $42
Saskatchewan Resident - One Day $15
Saskatchewan Resident - Three Day $21
Canadian Resident - Annual $86
Canadian Resident - One Day $23
Canadian Resident - Three Day $46
Non-resident - Annual $115
Non-resident - One Day $28
Non-resident - Three Day $57
Prince Albert National Park - Three Day $12.75
Prince Albert National Park - Annual $44.25

Fishing in National Parks within Saskatchewan

There are different rules/license requirements and open seasons for fishing in Prince Albert National Park.