Free winter sportfishing weekend great way to lure in new anglers
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.