NOTE: A list of waterways open and restrictions for winter sport fishing follows this release.
Anglers will have more locations to enjoy sportfishing throughout the province when the winter season opens on New Year’s Day.
Fishing venues are expanding with more lakes open for brook trout, chain pickerel or perch.
In fresh water lakes open for winter, rainbow trout sportfishing anglers may also fish for brook trout. There are also a number of new lakes open for brook trout fishing. The bag limit remains at two fish per licence.
“Winter sportfishing is a great way for Nova Scotians of any age to enjoy the outdoors,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I would like to encourage all anglers to use caution this season when winter fishing from shore, in boats, or through the ice.”
A 2013 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licences are valid until March 31, 2014 and cost $26.73. Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate.
Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sport fishing areas without a general fishing licence.
For more information visit http://novascotia.ca/fish/programs-and-services/industry-support-services/inland-fisheries/.