Win­ter sport­fish­ing sea­son opens

Tri-County Vanguard - - News - TRI­COUNTY VAN­GUARD

The win­ter sport­fish­ing sea­son opened in Nova Sco­tia on Jan. 1, with a num­ber of lakes and wa­ter­ways in the tri-coun­ties open for trout fish­ing, as well as angling for chain pick­erel, white perch and yel­low perch.

Everitts Lake In Digby County and Beaver Dam Lake in Shel­burne County are both open for speck­led and rain­bow trout fish- ing. The daily bag limit is two fish.

The De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture stock many lakes with trout ev­ery win­ter to en­sure an­glers have a good chance to catch a fish.

Chain pick­erel, white perch and yel­low perch open ar­eas in­clude the Meteghan River in Digby County in­clud­ing all lakes and trib­u­taries. In Shel­burne County, Walls Lake, Lake George and the Ponds in Port LaTour and Bak­ers Flats on Cape Sable Is­land.

In Yar­mouth County, the An­nis River and the Yar­mouth Ki­ack Brook (near Belleville South) in­clud­ing all lakes and trib­u­taries are open. The daily bag limit for chain pick­erel is 100, and 25 each for white and yel­low perch.

A gen­eral fish­ing li­cence is re­quired to win­ter fish and can be pur­chased at De­part­ment of Lands and Forestry of­fices. Li­cences pur­chased in 2018 are valid un­til March 31. An­glers can take ad­van­tage of the an­nual win­ter sport­fish­ing week­end Feb. 16 to 18, when res­i­dents and non­res­i­dents can fish in open win­ter sport­fish­ing ar­eas with­out a li­cence.

“Sport­fish­ing is a pop­u­lar out­door ac­tiv­ity that our prov­ince of­fers and gen­er­ates over $58 mil­lion in rev­enue an­nu­ally,” said Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Min­is­ter Keith Col­well in a press re­lease. “Safety is very im­por­tant when fish­ing in the win­ter. I want to re­mind an­glers to dress in lay­ers and if fish­ing through the ice to check the ice thick­ness and con­di­tions be­fore pro­ceed­ing.”

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