Shortts Lake, near Brookfield, is minutes from Truro and a must stop for Smallmouth Bass and Chain Pickerel fishing during their respective seasons. This lake has limited fishing opportunities from shore, except near the boat launch, due to the amount of development. It is best fished from boats, canoes or kayaks. Smallmouth Bass tend to be large but elusive in the summer period. Coves and shallow water areas tend to have thick weed beds by mid-summer but provide opportunities to target the edges or open water pockets. Shortts Lake can be busy with both anglers and recreational boaters but almost always produces. Ice fishing is also a popular activity once the ice is safe.
Shortts Lake is open for Chain Pickerel fishing year round. For details, please review the Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook:
Special Management Area
Shortts Lake is a Special Bass Management Area. Please refer to the most recent Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook for details regarding specific regulations.