Visitors and residents over the age of 16 and under 65 require Northwest Territories fishing licences, available by mail, from government offices or at lodges and convenience stores across the territory.
The Northwest Territories landscape has a variety of textures. Lush river deltas edge the continent along the Arctic coast. In the west, fast rivers course from the Mackenzie Mountains. Precambrian granite rims the shores of two of the world's largest lakes. Tundra unfurls carpets of colourful vegetation across the Barrenlands in the northeast. These are just a few of the vistas the Northwest Territories offers for a fishing vacation. Connect with a feeling for the land amid the vibrant late summer colours of the tundra, or on the dramatic, glacier-carved face of the Canadian Shield.
Choose a region. Each offers a range of topographies, wildlife, services and fish species. Each offers a selection of amazing adventures: dip a toe in the Beaufort Sea on the far reaches of the continent, fish a tundra river with caribou browsing nearby, or cast a lure on a freshwater lake as big as an ocean. Anglers have a choice of fishing techniques in the Northwest Territories. Troll the depths of the big lakes in hopes of landing a record breaking lake trout. Cast in the shallows to lure a northern pike or grayling to strike. Or wade in fast flowing river to lure pickerel or Arctic char with a fly rod. Anglers are more than likely to catch a fish. As locals like to say, stick your finger in the water and a fish will nibble at it.