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Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987 (SOR/87-509)

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Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987



Registration 1987-08-14

Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987

P.C. 1987-1678 1987-08-14

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Fisheries, pursuant to section 34Footnote * of the Fisheries Act, is pleased hereby to revoke the Manitoba Fishery Regulations, C.R.C., c. 843, and to make the annexed Regulations respecting fishing in the Province of Manitoba, in substitution therefor.

 [Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 2]


  •  (1) In these Regulations,


    Act means the Fisheries Act; (Loi)


    angling means fishing by means of a line and hook, or a rod, line and hook; (pêche à la ligne)

    angling licence

    angling licence means a licence that authorizes the holder to engage in recreational fishing; (permis de pêche à la ligne)

    artificial fly

    artificial fly means a single-pointed hook or two single-pointed hooks dressed with silk, tinsel, wool, fur, feathers or any combination of those materials that is designed to attract fish; (mouche artificielle)

    bait fish

    bait fish means any species of fish set out in Schedule I; (poisson-appât)

    barbless hook

    barbless hook includes

    • (a) a hook that has all of its barbs compressed to be in complete contact with the shaft of the hook, and

    • (b) a hook that has barbs on its shank that are designed solely to retain bait and that has any other barbs compressed to be in complete contact with the shaft of the hook; (hameçon sans ardillon)

    bow fishing

    bow fishing means fishing with a bow and arrow; (pêche à l’arc)

    cast netting

    cast netting means fishing by means of a cast net; (pêche à l’épervier)

    commercial fishing

    commercial fishing means fishing for the purpose of sale or barter or for any other commercial purpose; (pêche commerciale)

    conservation angling licence

    conservation angling licence[Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 3]


    Department means the Department of Natural Resources and Northern Development of Manitoba; (ministère)


    derby[Repealed, SOR/98-247, s. 1]

    dip net

    dip net[Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 3]

    dip netting

    dip netting means fishing by means of a dip net; (pêche à l’épuisette)


    Director means the Director of the Fisheries Branch of the Department; (directeur)


    Division means a Division of the Province of Manitoba as named and described in Plan of Survey 18297D; (division)

    dressed weight

    dressed weight means the weight of a fish after the gills and entrails have been removed; (poids habillé)


    fillet means any piece of fish flesh; (filet)

    fish arrow

    fish arrow means an arrow with one or more barbs attached; (flèche à poisson)

    fisherman’s number

    fisherman’s number[Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 3]

    General Fishing Permit

    General Fishing Permit means a licence that is issued under section 6; (permis de pêche générale)

    headless drawn weight

    headless drawn weight means the weight of a fish after the head, gills and entrails have been removed without cutting the belly; (poids éviscéré et étêté)

    headless dressed weight

    headless dressed weight means the weight of a fish after the head, gills and entrails have been removed and the belly has been cut; (poids habillé et étêté)

    high quality management waters

    high quality management waters[Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 3]


    hook means a single-pointed or multiple-pointed hook on a common shaft and includes an artificial lure that has one or more hooks attached to it; (hameçon)


    Indian means an Indian within the terms of paragraph 13 of the Memorandum of Agreement, known as the Manitoba Natural Resources Transfer Agreement, being the agreement entered into between Canada and Manitoba on December 14th, 1929 and confirmed by the Constitution Act, 1930; (Indien)


    length means, for the purposes of measuring a fish, the distance between the furthest anterior point of the head of a fish and the furthest posterior point of the caudal fin of that fish; (longueur)


    licence means a fishing licence issued under the Act or the provincial Act; (permis)

    Live Fish Handling Permit

    Live Fish Handling Permit means a licence that is issued under section 6.1; (permis de manutention de poisson vivant)

    mesh size

    mesh size, means, in respect of the mesh of a net, the distance between the diagonally opposed angles of a single mesh measured inside the knots after being stretched to form two parallel straight lines by the device commonly known as the Selkirk Net Gauge after the net has been immersed in water; (maillage)


    Minister[Repealed, SOR/2003-107, s. 1]

    minnow trapping

    minnow trapping means fishing by means of a minnow trap; (pêche au piège à ménés)

    natural bait

    natural bait means any material used to attract fish, which is partly or wholly composed of plants, animals or plant or animal products, but does not include an artificial fly; (appât naturel)

    natural brook trout waters

    natural brook trout waters means those waters set out in Schedule III; (eaux naturelles à ombles de fontaine)

    open water

    open water means water that is not ice-covered; (eaux libres)

    Plan of Survey

    Plan of Survey means a document delineating specific boundaries of land confirmed by and deposited with the Director of Surveys for Manitoba pursuant to the The Surveys Act, re-enacted Statutes of Manitoba 1987, c. S240, as amended; (levé)

    provincial Act

    provincial Act means the Fisheries Act (Manitoba), C.C.S.M. c. F90; (loi provinciale)

    provincial Minister

    provincial Minister means the Minister of the Government of Manitoba who is responsible for the administration of the provincial Act; (ministre provincial)

    recreational fishing

    recreational fishing means fishing by dip netting, cast netting, seine netting, minnow trapping, angling, bow fishing or spearfishing, but does not include

    • (a) fishing by an Indian for food for their personal use or for the use of their immediate family, or

    • (b) commercial fishing; (pêche récréative)

    registration number

    registration number[Repealed, SOR/98-247, s. 1]


    resident[Repealed, SOR/98-247, s. 1]

    resident of Manitoba

    resident of Manitoba means a person whose primary residence is in Manitoba and who has lived in Manitoba for a period of at least 6 consecutive months during the 12 months before the day on which they

    • (a) apply for a licence; or

    • (b) engage in fishing, if they are authorized to fish without a licence; (résident du Manitoba)

    rough fish

    rough fish means any species of fish set out in Schedule IV; (poisson commun)

    seine netting

    seine netting means fishing by means of a seine net; (pêche à la seine)


    snagging means catching or attempting to catch a fish with a hook in any manner other than by inducing the fish to take the hook in its mouth; (casaquer)


    spearfishing means fishing by means of a spear or spear gun; (pêche au harpon)

    sport fishing

    sport fishing[Repealed, SOR/98-247, s. 1]

    stocked lake trout lakes

    stocked lake trout lakes means those lakes set out in Part III of Schedule V; (lacs ensemencés de touladis)

    stocked trout lakes

    stocked trout lakes means those lakes set out in Part I of Schedule V; (lacs ensemencés de truites)

    stocked trout streams

    stocked trout streams means those streams set out in Part II of Schedule V; (cours d’eau ensemencés de truites)

    trap net

    trap net means a net that catches fish by impoundment, and includes a net commonly known as a hoop net and a pound net. (parc en filet)

  • (2) Where a period of time is set out in these Regulations, the period

    • (a) includes both the first hour or day and the last hour or day set out; and

    • (b) begins and ends in the same calendar year except that where the period is stated to end on a day that occurs earlier in a calendar year than the day in which it begins, the period begins in one calendar year and ends in the next calendar year.

  • (3) A reference in these Regulations to a species or group of species of fish by its common name as set out in Column I of an item of Schedule VI shall be construed as a reference to the species or group of species of fish the scientific name of which is set out in Column II of that item.

  • (4) For the purposes of these Regulations, two fillets shall be counted as one fish.

  • (5) For the purpose of determining whether the size of a filleted fish of a species set out in the table to this subsection complies with the size limit set out for that species, the fillet length shall be multiplied by the conversion factor for that species set out in that table.


    ItemColumn IColumn II
    SpeciesConversion Factor
    1Arctic grayling1.45
    2Brook trout1.38
    3Brown trout1.48
    4Channel catfish1.57
    5Lake trout1.53
    6Largemouth bass1.63
    7Northern pike1.57
    8Rainbow trout1.49
    9Smallmouth bass1.65
    10Walleye and sauger1.60
  • (6) For the purposes of Part IV of these Regulations, a fish is not retained or possessed by a person if, after being caught, the fish is unhooked and immediately released into the water from which it was taken.

  • SOR/88-190, s. 1
  • SOR/89-180, s. 1
  • SOR/90-302, s. 1
  • SOR/92-450, s. 1
  • SOR/93-39, s. 1
  • SOR/95-256, s. 1
  • SOR/95-518, s. 1
  • SOR/98-247, s. 1
  • SOR/2000-310, s. 1
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 1
  • SOR/2005-27, ss. 1, 2
  • SOR/2006-119, s. 1
  • SOR/2023-28, s. 3


  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), these Regulations apply to the management and control of fisheries in Manitoba.

  • (2) These Regulations do not apply to waters that are situated in a National Park of Canada or to waters that are the subject of a Fish Farming Licence.

  • SOR/90-302, s. 2

PART IGeneral

Variation of Close Times, Fishing Quotas and Limits

  •  (1) Where a close time, fishing quota or limit on the size or weight of fish is fixed in respect of an area under these Regulations, the provincial Minister or the Director may, by order, vary that close time, fishing quota or limit in respect of that area or any portion of that area.

  • (2) Where a close time, fishing quota or limit is varied under subsection (1), the provincial Minister or the Director shall give notice of the variation to the persons affected or likely to be affected by the variation by one or more of the following methods:

    • (a) posting the notice in at least two places in the area or in the vicinity of the area affected by the variation;

    • (b) broadcasting the notice over a radio or television station that broadcasts in the area or in the vicinity of the area affected by the variation;

    • (c) having a fishery officer give oral notice thereof to those persons; and

    • (d) publishing the notice in one or more of the following publications:

      • (i) in the Manitoba Gazette,

      • (ii) in a newspaper that is circulated in the vicinity of the area affected by the variation,

      • (iii) in the Manitoba Anglers Guide published by the Department,

      • (iv) in the Commercial Harvest Schedule, published by the Department, and

      • (v) on the Department’s Internet site.

    • (e) [Repealed, SOR/99-189, s. 1]

  • SOR/90-302, s. 21(F)
  • SOR/91-381, s. 1
  • SOR/99-189, s. 1
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 8

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