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It’s fishing season!

With so many incredible fishing spots across Canada, it can be a daunting task trying to decide where to go for the best haul. For all you fishing fanatics, we’ve put together a list of 15 films about fishing, and gave you a little map of some of the best fishing spots in Canada.

🎣🐡The North🐡🎣

In 1967, director Quentin Brown shot a collection of films called the Netsilik series that examines life in the north. Check out the films for a more nuanced look at hunting, fishing, and gathering.

 Jigging for Lake Trout

Travel to the Kugaaruk and Gjoa Haven of the Kitikmeot Region, Nunavut for some ice fishing, despite a severe blizzard.


Fishing at the Stone Weir: Part 1

This short documentary about the Netsilik Inuit was shot at the height of summer where men go into the river to form enclosures to trap fish.


🎣🐠The West Coast🐠🎣

Herring Hunt

Travel up the coastal waters of British Columbia as a herring boat and her crew race to get their catch before the quota is taken and the fishing area closed.


Red Runs the Fraser

Travel to a deep gorge of the Fraser River in British Columbia where you’ll find the migration of Pacific salmon. The river shallows appear red with the flailing fish as they push up-river to spawn and die.


Babine River Story

Travel to the Babine River in British Columbia and watch the Department of Fisheries combat the problems caused by a rockslides during the annual salmon run.


Plea for the Wanderer

Take a look at threats posed by high-seas salmon fishing and the Canadian government’s attempts to protect the salmon runs in a film that follows east and west coast salmon from river to sea and back again.


󠁣󠁡󠁱󠁣󠁿🎣🐟The Prairie Provinces🐟🎣

Van’s Camp

Travel to Lac La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan for “the best freshwater fishing in the world”, where big-game fishing means hours of exhausting work for the Indigenous guides.


Northern Fisherman

Enjoy an exposé on the style of fishing done by Native fishermen in the Prairie provinces.


󠁣󠁡󠁱󠁣󠁿🎣🦐Central Canada🦐🎣

The Annanacks

Travel to the George River community in Northern Québec where the Annanacks formed a joint venture that included a sawmill, a fish-freezing plant and a small boat-building industry.


Oyster Man

Travel to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec for some incredible oyster farming with our film that shows the various stages of oyster cultivation.


🎣🦀The Atlantic Region🦀🎣

In 1967, Colin Low filmed a prolific series of short films on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.  These historic films discuss the issues surrounding life in Fogo, with a heavy slant toward fishing and fisheries. Check them out!


Travel to Fogo Island, Newfoundland and meet a group of “people of the fish”—traditional fishers who catch cod live by hand, one at a time, by hook and line.



Travel to North Lake, Prince Edward Island, the “tuna capital of the world”, in a doc that explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans.


The Trap

Travel to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where you can see French-speaking fishermen interact with Buddhist monks and nuns.


Trawler Fishermen

Travel to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland this film shows the new machinery and electronic gear employed on modern fishing boats.


Turning Tides

People line up for the famous local fried clams and whole families dig for the white mollusc in the tangy air of the sandbars.


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