Special ISR Sport Fishing Restrictions and Guidelines

We recommend that all sport fishers consult the current NWT Sport Fishing Regulations Guide before fishing, to ensure familiarity with water closures, gear restrictions (barbless hooks are mandatory), and catch and possession limits for each species.


The fish stocks of the ISR are an important subsistence food for the Inuvialuit, and seasonal fishing activities are an important part of Inuvialuit culture. As is the case with fish stocks throughout the world, some fisheries within the ISR may have been over-exploited and need special attention. For these reasons there may be additional rivers or lakes where the ISR community Hunters and Trappers Committees (HTCs) and the FJMC wish to restrict sport fishing.


The following waters are closed to sport fishing:

  • The Big Fish River and its tributaries

Big Fish River


The following waters are catch and release only for the identified species:

  • The Hornaday River and its tributaries, for Arctic char
  • Waters within 500 meters of the centerline of the Inuvik-to-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, for Arctic Grayling, Burbot, Inconnu, Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Whitefish, and Cisco species.



Sport fishing is not encouraged in the following areas:



The Hunters and Trappers Committees may also have special considerations for the areas you plan to fish, to avoid any culturally or ecologically sensitive lakes or rivers.