Commercial Fishery Registration

Council has decided to proceed with opening the commercial fishery on the May long weekend (May 16, 2020) as in previous years. However, this year due to the temporary changes in our business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, fishermen will be able to register online and provide catch reports online.

Click on the links below to use the online system, or to print out the forms and complete them manually:

Forms can be viewed/accessed on all devices with internet access (smart phones, iPads, computers). Registration and daily catch reporting forms can be delivered to those without access to the internet and/or a printer.

If you have any questions or to request forms, contact:

Jeff McLeod, Natural Resources Manager
705-753-2050 ext. 1325 or

Cameron Welch, Director of Lands & Natural Resources
705-753-2922 ext. 1225 or

Helpful Documents

Nipissing First Nation plays a fundamental role in promoting the health and recovery of the Lake Nipissing fishery.  NFN continues to have significant successes in implementing NFN’s Fisheries Law and maintaining safe harvest levels within our commercial fishery, consistent with Aboriginal treaty and harvesting rights.

The spring gillnet moratorium (in effect from April 1, 2020 – May 16, 2020) is the most important management tool we have to protect the spawning fish and ensure the long-term health and sustainability of Lake Nipissing and our fishery. 

Each year, NFN fishers (in compliance with NFN’s Fisheries Law & Regulations), provide information and data needed to help monitor and calculate the total walleye harvest for the season. NFN uses standardized processes to collect and analyze harvest data, which is used by Chief and Council to set regulations and limits every year to ensure sustainable harvest levels for the commercial fishery.  This includes determining when it may be necessary to close the commercial fishery early, as was the case in August 2015, 2016 and 2017.

NFN’s leadership in the management of the commercial fishery on Lake Nipissing is vital to its long-term health and sustainability.  Learn more about our cooperative efforts to manage the Lake Nipissing fisheries here.

Miigwech to all NFN Commercial Fishers and community members who follow the NFN Fisheries Law. Your efforts are helping to ensure that we can all enjoy the resources that Lake Nipissing provides for us now, and for generations to come.