Capelin Calendar

Capelin are small fish that come to our beaches every year to spawn; it can be difficult to accurately predict their arrival which is why I’ve created this Capelin Calendar: a place to check if the capelin have arrived in Middle Cove.

Sharing information

During the season many people visit Middle Cove beach to check if the capelin are rolling or not. If you have fresh capelin information, please share it here, it’s as easy as leaving a response below.

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Spawning dates

  • 2005: July 5 – July 8
  • 2006: July 4 – July 10
  • 2007: June 30 – July 7
  • 2008: July 4 – July 8
  • 2009: July 27 – July 30
  • 2010: Offshore spawning
  • 2011: June 26 – July 7
  • 2012: June 22 – June 26
  • 2013: July 6 – July 8
  • 2014: June 23 – July 20
  • 2015: July 9 – see comments
Are the Capelin rolling?

Capelin data

The 2005-2008 dates used here come from a flickr search, the 2009-2013 dates are based on personal observation. From 2014 on, the information is based on comments made right here on this page.

Capelin in the East Coast Trail Guide

Because capelin are so important to Newfoundland’s coastal wildlife they feature prominently in the East Coast Trail Guide, a digital book now available on iBooks:


1,211 Responses to Capelin Calendar

  1. WWWM says:

    Any one see the fishes coming?

  2. Tj says:

    Caplin landing lancove beach cbs

  3. Jennifer says:

    People were catching some with cast nets and long dip nets tonight around 9 at outer cove, few people at the beach. Not rolling but people were able to catch some!! Middle cove seemed like there wasn’t much activity.

  4. lori says:

    Heard they rolled yesterday in Chamberlins

  5. Cyril says:

    Just back from Middle Cove/ Outer Cove. As has been happening all week, the capelin are a few feet offshore and can only be caught with cast nets. In spite of reports of capelin rolling, I don’t think a main spawning event has occurred yet. There is no evidence of spawn along the beach. According to sources on capelin behaviour the males show up first and wait just offshore for the females. When they show up then the serious rolling ( spawning) occurs. So it’s all up to the ladies.

  6. Cyril says:

    To add to my previous comment, a 5 gallon bucket of capelin had only 3 females indicating that the main mass of females haven’t arrived yet. I think the best is yet to come.

  7. yu says:

    is there have capelin today?

  8. mckrobx says:

    Had great luck at Chapel Cove a couple of years ago… anyone know if they’ve been there yet this year?

  9. Jacquie says:

    Any sightings?

  10. Charlotte says:

    At Lance cove now and nothing happening yet.

  11. Paul W C says:

    Caplin arrived at bellevue beach yesterday according to the Park’s Facebook page.

  12. Paul W C says:

    I’ll be at Bellevue tomorrow night, I’ll post some updates then.

  13. lori says:

    The beach in Topsail is full of spawn

  14. Cierradiaz says:

    Rollin in middle cove beach

    • newfoundsander says:

      Hi Cierradiaz, thanks for sharing that update here!

      Did you actually see the capelin rolling onto the beach today, or were they a few feet from the beach, with people going in catching them with nets?

  15. dgj says:

    Where too?

  16. John says:

    Just came back from outer cove. We were in between 7:30-8:30 am-no one there. Capelin were rolling and its like black waves. Pick them up with bare hands.

  17. Jessica foley says:

    Any word on if the capelin are in at witless bay?

  18. Karen says:

    anything rolling in middle cove or outer cove tonight? ?

  19. Sheri says:

    Anything rolling in Lewisporte?

  20. David Beckham says:

    Hopefully this isn’t offshore spawning

  21. jasper says:

    Does anyone know good cod jigging spots near St.John’s? I was jigging in Portugal Cove and it is slippery and dangerous in current weather.

  22. newfoundsander says:

    Did you guys see the aerial video of a humpback eating capelin in Ferryland yet?

  23. David Beckham says:

    There is trout fishing in three arms pond , paddys pond etc basically every pond nearby though I don’t know about the season.

  24. Rachel says:

    Is there any information about capelin in middle cove?

    • newfoundsander says:

      Hi Rachel,

      the capelin rolled on Middle Cove beach 2 weeks ago and were then close to the beach for a while afterwards. Since that time I haven’t heard much about Middle Cove, but capelin have been reported on several other beaches.

      One theory is that there will be a second spawning event on Middle Cove beach, this has happened before.

      If anybody has recent information about Middle Cove & Outer Cove it would be greatly appreciated if you shared it here :)


  25. Edward Martin says:

    Capelin rolling in Witless Bay this morning!

  26. FlyingEye says:

    Rolling like crazy @ Bryant’s Cove today!

  27. newfoundsander says:

    Capelin rolling in Sleepy Cove near Twillingate too.

  28. Frank says:

    they arrived at Leading Tickles today!

  29. Troy says:

    I was visiting Twillingate on July 23/2015 and saw thousand of Capelin coming in on the beach. They say it was an abnormal time of year for this to happen there. The Capelin come in usually in late May or early June. Unusually cold wether must have brought them in late this year.

    • newfoundsander says:

      Yes the cold water and weather seems to have thrown them off their ‘normal schedule’.
      Some towns, beaches and bays still haven’t seen them arrive.

  30. Susan Wdl says:

    anyone seeing Capelin on the Avalon – trinity bay coast/baccalieu trail area or near Placentia area?

    • newfoundsander says:

      Several people have seen them in Carbonear in the past few days, and 2 days ago they were seen rolling in Witless Bay.

  31. newfoundsander says:

    Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting an event at Middle Cove beach today.

    Learn all about capelin and their spawning behaviour in an information session with Dr. Craig Purchase (MUN Biology).

  32. Rocknice says:

    Capelin is rolling in middle cove!!!

  33. Karen Hickey says:

    Was there this evening between 8:30- 9:30. No Caplin rolling then, but there were people with their fishing rods catching cod! It was very nice as the beach wasn’t crowded much.

  34. Tony says:

    Not rolling but can catch some with net, but rolling at outer cove.

  35. newfoundsander says:

    I just read that in the past few days capelin have rolled in Bay Bulls, Raleigh and Cottrell’s Cove.

  36. newfoundsander says:

    Capelin have been sighted in Mobile today.

  37. Gary says:

    Lots of capelin at Middle Cove lat night – July 28. Filled 2 five gallon buckets with casting net in no time

  38. Linda says:

    No capelin at either Outer Cove or Middle Cove as of 6:45PM this evening.

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