Winter Sportfishing Season Opens Jan. 1

NOTE: A list of waterways that are open and restrictions for winter sportfishing follows this release.
Anglers will have more locations to enjoy sportfishing throughout the province when the winter season opens Jan. 1, as more lakes are open for brook trout, chain pickerel or perch.

Freshwater lakes open for winter will give anglers a chance to fish for brook, brown or rainbow trout, white or yellow perch and chain pickerel. The bag limit for trout is two fish per day, except the Cape Breton Highlands Management Area where anglers can keep 10 fish per day. The daily bag limit for perch and chain pickerel is 25.

“Sportfishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Nova Scotia, with about $56 million in revenue,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I encourage all ages to get out and enjoy the winter sportfishing season and remind all anglers about the importance of safety when winter fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice.”

A 2014 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licences are valid until March 31, 2015 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. 14 and Feb. 15, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sport fishing areas without a general fishing licence.

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