Ice-fishing season begins this week

Staff ~ The Western Star
Published on January 31, 2008

CORNER BROOK - Most anglers looking to go ice-fishing can finally head out to their favourite lakes and ponds Friday.

The 2008 winter trout fishing season begins Feb. 1 in insular Newfoundland, as well as central, western and northern Labrador.

The season in Newfoundland runs until April 15. There are some exceptions for special trout management zones, which will close to angling April 1. These include the Middle Brook and Indian Bay River watersheds and Star Lake.

The season for both the Labrador Straits and southeastern Labrador, including the special management zones of Chateau Pond and Gilbert's Lake, will open March 1 and close Sept. 7.

The season in western Labrador is scheduled to close Sept. 7, while the region taking in central and northern Labrador will remain open until Sept. 15.

With the exception of a number of ponds, smelt angling in the non-scheduled inland waters of insular Newfoundland and Labrador is subject to the same season dates as trout angling.

The daily bag limit for inland and tidal waters of insular Newfoundland, and brook trout in Labrador, for all trout species combined, is 12 trout or five pounds (2.27 kilograms), plus one fish, whichever is reached first. The daily bag limit for Labrador lake trout and Arctic char is two fish per day.

In special trout management areas, the daily bag limit is six trout or two pounds (0.9 kilograms), plus one fish, whichever is reached first.

The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit with the exception of the special trout management areas, where the possession limit is the daily bag limit.

While fishing through the ice, anglers are permitted to use three separate lines which must be closely and constantly attended by the angler.

For a complete list of smelt fishing seasons, please consult the Angler's Guide or contact the nearest Department of Fisheries and Oceans office.

Management measures for the spring/summer trout angling season will be announced later. Complete details will be included in the 2008 Anglers Guide.