45.242106469345, -63.329446706909

799 Pleasant Valley Road
Brookfield NS B0N 1C0

Shortts Lake

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.


Drawing of a Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass  |  Micropterus dolomieu
Drawing of a Chain Pickerel
Chain Pickerel  |  Esox niger


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Shortts Lake is open for Chain Pickerel fishing year round. For details, please review the Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook:

Anglers’ Handbook - Government of Nova Scotia

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.