Nelly and Char
Firth River Fishing

The rivers and creeks of Ivvavik can offer great fishing experiences for both fly and cast-rod anglers. The main sport fish species in Ivvavik are Dolly Varden char and arctic grayling.

Fishing Permits

All fishers in the national park must possess a valid National Park Fishing Permit. Yukon Fishing Licenses and Government of the Northwest Territories Fishing Licences are not valid in Ivvavik National Park. Some of the Yukon North Slope’s marine coastal waters are included within the boundaries of Ivvavik National Park, fishing in these waters will require a National Park Fishing Permit.

Annual and daily National Park Fishing Permits are available from the Parks Canada Inuvik office. The annual fishing permit is valid for one year in the park for which it is sold.

Anyone under the age of 16 may fish in national parks without a permit if accompanied by a permit holder 16 years of age or older. However, their catch is then included within the permit holder's daily limit. They may also purchase their own permit and be entitled to the full catch limit.

Fishing Regulations

Daily catch and possession limit is 1 Dolly Varden char, with an aggregate limit of 3 fish (Dolly Varden char, grayling and/or non-game fish species).

Pursuant to subsection 35 (1) of the National Parks Fishing Regulations fishing in Ivvavik National Park is restricted.

When angling, it is unlawful to:
  • Fish without a national park fishing permit.
  • Fish with or possess within 100 metres of park waters the following:
    • natural bait and chemical attractants;
    • any lead tackle (sinkers, jigs, lures and flies) under 50 grams;
    • lures with more than 2 gang hooks;
    • a line capable of catching more than one fish at one time.
  • Fish with more than one line at a time.
  • Leave a fishing line unattended.
  • Fish from 2 hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
  • Allow your catch to spoil or to be wasted.
  • Sell, trade or barter any fish caught.
  • Place live fish or fish eggs in any park water or transfer them between bodies of water inside (or outside) the park.
  • Place any food for fish in park waters.
  • Fish closed waters.
A Char under the water
Fishing the Firth River


Natural bait ban : you can only use lures made of feathers, fibre, rubber, wood, metal or plastic. No edible material, scented lures or chemical attractants are permitted.

Barbless Hook : this includes a hook the barbs of which are pressed against the shaft of the hook so that the barbs are not functional.

Fly fishing only : means only artificial flies may be used.

Artificial fly : this is a single or double hook on a common shank, dressed with silk, tinsel, wood, fur, feathers or other materials (no lead), or any combination thereof without a spinning device, whether attached to the hook or line.

Tributary : any water course which flows into another body of water. This includes a tributary to a tributary. Lakes are excluded unless otherwise specified.

Trout : for the purposes of this summary, the word trout includes char species.