45.750425526992, -63.056137873047

2696 West Branch Road
River John NS B0K 1N0

River John

Comfortably situated between Pictou and Tatamagouche, River John can be accessed via the Sunrise Trail - a winding road that hugs the north shore and is renowned by tourists and locals alike as a quintessential maritime road trip. This river is well known for its Brook and Brown Trout fishing, as well as Striped Bass in the harbour. Within driving distance, you can also access a number of other popular river systems along the north shore, including Waughs, Wallace, Pugwash and River Phillip.


Brook trout engraving-style illustration
Brook Trout  |  Salvelinus fontinalis
Drawing of a Brown Trout
Brown Trout  |  Salmo trutta
Drawing of a Striped Bass
Striped Bass  |  Morone saxatilis


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This fishing area is enforced following general regulations and bag limits, with a delayed season start on April 15th. There is also opportunity to night fish for Brown Trout. Please refer to the most recent Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook for details:

Anglers’ Handbook - Government of Nova Scotia

Striped Bass are managed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Please see their website for more information regarding specific regulations: