Capelin are small fish that come to our beaches every year to spawn, their arrival is a spectacle that draws in thousands of birds and whales, but the exact date of the event is difficult to predict.

The Capelin Calendar is a place to discuss and share capelin sightings from all around Newfoundland.

Sharing your capelin news

At the start of summer, many people visit capelin-hotspots like Middle Cove beach to see if the capelin are rolling. If you are one of these ‘capelin watchers’, please share your capelin news here, it’s as easy as leaving a comment below:

share / check capelin news

When capelin season is in full swing, thousands of people visit this page every day, all hungry for capelin news, all waiting to hear from you!

Capelin through the years

To see what capelin activity was like in previous years, browse through years of comments or scroll back through the years in this abridged version of the Capelin Calendar:

2020:
Gros Morne area: capelin activity around June 13
Stephenville area: capelin activity around June 22
Burin area: capelin activity around June 22
St. Vincent’s: capelin activity around July 7
Holyrood: capelin activity around July 17
St. Philip’s: capelin activity around July 19
Witless Bay: capelin activity around July 20
Middle Cove area: capelin activity around July 25
Other locations: browse through the comments
Twitter: #CapelinRoll2020 and #eCapelin
eCapelin: eCapelin website
2019:
Middle Cove: capelin activity from July 11 to July 28
Topsail: capelin activity around July 15
Holyrood: capelin activity from July 8 to July 12
St. Vincent’s: capelin activity around July 5
Bellevue: capelin activity from July 10 to July 13, and from August 3 to August 4
Lawn: capelin activity from June 19 to June 25
Twillingate: capelin activity around July 13
Gros Morne: capelin activity from June 16 to June 23
Other locations: browse through the comments
Twitter: #CapelinRoll2019 and #eCapelin
eCapelin: eCapelin website
2018:
Middle Cove: capelin rolling for ~10 days after July 11, capelin rolling on August 3
Bellevue: scattered rolling from July 21 to August 4
Holyrood: capelin rolling for ~10 days after August 7
Bryants Cove: capelin rolling for ~8 days after July 10
Random Island: capelin rolling for ~7 days after July 2
Gros Morne: capelin rolling for ~6 days after June 19
Cape Ray: capelin rolling for ~8 days after June 21
Port au Port: capelin rolling for ~5 days after June 21
Other locations: browse through the comments
Twitter: #CapelinRoll2018 and #eCapelin
eCapelin: eCapelin website
2017:
Middle Cove: scattered capelin activity for ~1 week after July 13
Outer Cove: scattered capelin activity for ~1 week after August 5
Holyrood: scattered capelin activity for ~2 weeks after July 18
Witless Bay: capelin rolling on July 14 and August 14
Bellevue: capelin rolling for ~3 days after July 22, capelin rolling on August 11 and 16
English Harbour: capelin rolling for ~3 days after July 13
Other locations: browse through the comments
Twitter: #CapelinRoll2017 and #eCapelin
2016:
Middle Cove: capelin rolling for ~2 weeks after July 15
Outer Cove: capelin rolling on July 27, August 3 and 5
Holyrood: capelin rolling on July 8 (Kelly’s Beach), capelin rolling on August 12 and 14 (Main Beach)
Witless Bay: capelin rolling on July 16 and 17
Saint Vincent’s: scattered capelin activity for ~2 weeks after July 10
Bellevue: capelin rolling on July 23, August 11 and 13
Other locations: browse through the comments
Twitter: #CapelinRoll2016
2015:
Middle Cove: scattered capelin rolling for ~1 week after July 9, & capelin activity on July 28 and July 29
Outer Cove: scattered capelin rolling for ~1 week after July 9, & capelin rolling on July 10, July 18 and July 28
Topsail: capelin rolling on July 17
Holyrood: capelin rolling on July 26 and July 27
Saint Vincent’s: capelin rolling on July 21
Bellevue: capelin rolling on July 15, July 19 and August 15
Twillingate: capelin rolling for ~3 days after July 23
Other locations: browse through the comments
Twitter: #CaplinRoll2015
2014:
Middle Cove: capelin rolling on June 23, June 24, June 29, July 7 and July 20
Outer Cove: capelin rolling on June 28
2013:
Middle Cove: scattered capelin activity for ~3 weeks after June 21, & capelin rolling for ~3 days after July 6
Outer Cove: capelin activity for ~3 days after June 25, & capelin rolling for ~3 days after July 3
Holyrood: capelin rolling on June 30
2012:
Middle Cove: capelin rolling for ~3 days after June 22, & capelin activity for ~1 week after June 22
Outer Cove: capelin rolling on June 22 and June 27, & capelin activity for ~1 week after June 29
2011:
Middle Cove: capelin rolling for ~2 weeks after June 25, & capelin rolling on July 26
Outer Cove: capelin rolling for ~3 days after June 29, & capelin rolling for ~3 days after July 18
Holyrood: capelin rolling on June 17
Topsail: capelin rolling on June 27
2010:
Middle Cove: capelin activity for ~1 week after August 9
Outer Cove: capelin rolling on August 7, & capelin activity for ~1 week after August 9
Holyrood: capelin rolling on July 20
2009:
Middle Cove: capelin activity/rolling for ~4 days after July 27
2008:
Middle Cove: capelin activity/rolling for ~5 days after July 4
2007:
Middle Cove: capelin activity/rolling for ~8 days after June 30
2006:
Middle Cove: capelin activity/rolling for ~7 days after July 4
2005:
Middle Cove: capelin activity/rolling for ~4 days after July 5

About these dates

The dates listed above are based on personal observations, information shared on social media, and crowd-sourced capelin sightings reported right here on the Capelin Calendar.

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