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Anglers' Extras


1. Packaging your Fish for Transportation

In order to enforce limits, conservation officers must be able to count and measure your fish. Approved methods of transporting fish include: (1) whole (round); (2) headless dressed; and (3) fillets.

package your fish for transport


  • Anglers must package their fish for transport in such a way it can be readily unwrapped, separated, identified, measured – and counted.
  • It is illegal to can or block freeze fish outside of the home.
  • All dressed fish and fillets must have a minimum 2.5 cm (1 in) square patch of skin with scales intact from a portion of the body other than the belly. Fish packaged in this manner can be easily identified.
  • Fillets must remain intact or whole for transport and cannot be cut into pieces.

2. Fish of Saskatchewan

The Fish of Saskatchewan Index will help you identify what fish you could be catching in Saskatchewan.


3. Catch and Release

Catch and release fishing continues to increase in popularity in Saskatchewan. Results from the most recent survey of recreational fishing in Canada indicate that almost all anglers in Saskatchewan practice some form of catch and release. Therefore, it is important to follow best practices to limit injuries or death.

Factors such as handling, hook placement and environmental conditions can influence post-release mortality. More information about catch and release tools and techniques can be found in our Publications Centre.


4. Free Fishing Weekends

Free fishing weekends are July 13 and 14, 2019, and February 15, 16 and 17, 2020. Please note:

  • Regular angling limits and all other sport fishing laws remain in effect.
  • The free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks.
  • Anyone planning to take fish out of the province must buy a licence.

5. Ethical Angling

Ethical anglers learn to fish responsibly because they consider the rights of others and the need to protect and conserve our natural heritage.

Ethical anglers:

  • know and obey fishing regulations, which serve to protect the resource and spread the harvest among all anglers;
  • understand the need for a personal code of unwritten laws since laws cannot cover all situations;
  • know that fish are a valuable resource and do not waste them;
  • learn techniques to handle fish to ensure their survival, if released;
  • co-operate and are courteous with all resource users, including other anglers, swimmers, boaters and landowners;
  • appreciate the environment and keep it clean, leaving fishing sites in good condition;
  • protect all waters from the threat of aquatic invasive species by practicing Clean, Drain, Dry on all watercraft and related equipment when moving between waters; and
  • ensure good fishing for future generations by limiting their overall catch.

6. Fishing Safety

Anglers should be prepared and vigilant when fishing on Saskatchewan waters.

Make sure you are aware of winter ice safety and boat safety before your next fishing adventure.


7. Weighing Your Fish

Fish may be harmed when weighed. To protect your fish, take a length measurement. With this chart, you can quickly determine the approximate weight of your fish using a ruler or tape measure.

Total Length Approximate Weight (kg)
(cm) (in) Perch Grayling Walleye Lake Trout Pike
20 7.80 0.11 0.08 0.06 0.06 0.07
28 10.9 0.31 0.22 0.18 0.17 0.18
36 14.0 0.67 0.46 0.41 0.37 0.36
44 17.2 1.25 0.85 0.79 0.72 0.64
52 20.3   1.41 1.36 1.24 1.04
60 23.4   2.18 2.16 1.98 1.56
68 26.5     3.24 2.98 2.23
76 30.0     4.65 4.29 3.06
84 32.8     6.44 5.94 4.07
92 35.9       8.00 5.28
100 39.0       10.50 6.70
120 46.8       19.03 11.28
140 54.6         17.51

8. Size-based Limits

Size-based limits are used in Saskatchewan to regulate fishing pressure and harvest of fish. The appropriate use of a specific size limit depends on factors such as fish reproduction, growth, mortality rates, habitat and fishing pressure.

Upper (maximum) size limit: (reduced or zero harvest of fish over a certain length)

  • Protects spawning-sized fish to increase potential recruitment and abundance.
  • Widely applied to Saskatchewan's waters for walleye, northern pike, lake trout and grayling.

Minimum size limit: (fish under a certain length must be released)

  • Allows small fish in populations with poor reproduction to reach maturity before being subjected to harvest.
  • Applied to Saskatchewan's waters on a limited basis.

Protected slot limit: (fish within a designated length range must be released)

  • Typically used in populations with good natural reproduction where growth of small, densely populated fish is slow.
  • Applied to Saskatchewan's waters on a limited basis.

9. Same Fish, Different Waters

Same fish different waters

10. Angling Definitions

  • Angler: a person who angles or fishes.
  • Angling: fishing with a line and hook or a rod, line and hook; bow fishing; or underwater spear fishing.
  • Bait: any substance used to attract fish by scent or flavour.
  • Barbless hook: a hook without barbs or one that has its barbs completely compressed against the shaft of the hook so that the bards are not functional, not including those barbs on the shank of the hook that are intended for holding bait.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Veteran: Saskatchewan and Canadian resident Armed Forces veterans.
  • Canadian resident: a person who has a principal residence in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or who has lived in Canada for 12 months immediately preceding the date of licence purchase.
  • Competitive fishing event: an angling competition, including a tournament or derby, where there are 25 or more entrants, and prizes are awarded on the basis of fish caught.
  • Derby: a competitive fishing event where fish are caught and killed.
  • Fish: fin fish, shell fish and crustaceans in any life stage, including eggs.
  • Hook: a single or multi-pointed hook on a common shaft or an artificial lure that has one or more single or multi-pointed hooks attached as part of it.
  • Immediate family member: one's father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, child, spouse or common-law spouse.
  • Length: the distance from the tip of the fish's nose to the end of the tail, with the lobes of the tail compressed or pinched together.
  • Limit: the maximum number of fish you are allowed to retain or have in your possession.
  • Non-resident: a person who is not a Saskatchewan or Canadian resident.
  • Retained: a fish that is not immediately released to the body of water from which it was taken, including fish given away or eaten for shore lunch.
  • Saskatchewan resident: a person who is a Canadian resident with a principal residence in Saskatchewan and has lived in the province for three months immediately preceding the date of licence purchase, or is a regular member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was a Saskatchewan resident when recruited or deployed from the province.
  • Senior: a person 65 years of age or older.
  • Shore lunch: fish consumed on the day it was caught.
  • Snagging: fishing with a hook or hooks manipulated as to intentionally pierce or hook a fish in any part of the body other than the mouth.
  • Tournament: a competitive fishing event where fish are caught and released.

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