Anglers association to meet in Sydney River, Monday
SYDNEY MINES — The Department of Fisheries decision to close most rivers in Cape Breton for salmon angling last season will be one of the main topics at a meeting of the Cape Breton Anglers' Association next week.
Association president Harry Vickers of Sydney Mines is hoping for a good turnout for the meeting, scheduled for Monday at the Sydney River fire hall.
“Many anglers were upset by this move as we weren’t consulted, didn’t have input into the decision and weren’t invited to attend the meeting when this decision was made.”
He said the decision didn’t affect rivers on mainland Nova Scotia.
“On the other hand, if anglers were fishing trout they could access the rivers until the end of September. As far as I’m concerned it’s just another bad decision by the fisheries department.”
Vickers said the fisheries department did open Middle River and Baddeck for salmon fishery in October, adding that there just happens to be a rainbow fishery in those rivers until the end of October.
Discussions for the upcoming banquet and auction will also take place.
“As always, conservation and protection are top priority,” he said. “Our membership is getting older and we’d love to get more young people interested in the sport.”