Free win­ter sport­fish­ing week­end great way to lure in new an­glers

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SYD­NEY — No li­cence is no prob­lem for peo­ple in­ter­ested in win­ter sports fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties Satur­day and Sun­day.

The an­nual li­cence-free win­ter week­end is de­signed to at­tract more an­glers to the al­ready pop­u­lar pas­time.

“ Fish­ing is an ac­tiv­ity that pro­motes fam­ily to­geth­er­ness and healthy, out­door liv­ing,” said Ster­ling Bel­liveau, min­is­ter of fisheries and aqua­cul­ture, in a press release.

“ In ad­di­tion to be­ing a healthy out­door ac­tiv­ity, win­ter fish­ing of­fers some ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for both ex­pe­ri­enced and begin­ner an­glers.”

Al­though a li­cence is not re­quired, all bag lim­its and other reg­u­la­tions ap­ply.

Res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents can fish for rain­bow trout, white and yel­low perch, and chain pick­erel in lakes and rivers in 17 of the prov­ince’s 18 coun­ties.

In Vic­to­ria County there’s a 10-trout bag limit at Big Lake, Is­land Lake, Bell Lake, Snake Cat Lake and Trout Lake.

Only two of the fish may be longer than 25.4 cm.

There’s also a bag limit of two fish per day for rain­bow trout, which can be caught at Lever’s Lake near Gabarus and the No. 20 dam at Glace Bay.

You can also fish for rain­bow trout from the Eco Trail Pond on Isle Madame and some parts of Bras d’Or Lake.

Five ar­eas of Bras d’Or Lake are closed to all angling to pro­tect brook trout and At­lantic sal­mon. They in­clude the ar­eas above the Bad­deck River Bridge on High­way 105, in­clud­ing Cains Pond, in­side the East Bay sand­bar, above Crowdis Bridge in River Denys Basin, above Black River Bridge in Dundee, and above MacKen­zie Brook bridge near the south side of River Denys.

The win­ter sport­fish­ing sea­son closes March 31.

Visit www.gov.ns.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

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