Winter trout and smelt angling season openings announced

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced the opening dates for the 2014 trout and smelt winter angling seasons in non-scheduled waters throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

The trout season dates are: Feb. 1 for insular Newfoundland, and southeastern, western, central and northern Labrador.

The opening date is March 1 for the Labrador Straits zone.

There are exceptions to these dates for Special Trout Management Areas.

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

In Labrador, the daily bag limit and possession limit for lake trout is three fish in zones 3-6. The daily bag limit for lake trout in zone 2 is two fish, with a four-fish possession limit.

The daily bag limit for arctic char and northern pike is two fish, with a possession limit of twice the daily bag limit. In the special trout management area of the Eagle Plateau Management Zone, Chateau Pond and Gilbert's Lake the daily bag limit is six speckled (brook) trout or 2.5 pounds plus one fish, whichever is reached first, and the possession limit is equal the daily bag limit.

In Special Trout Management Areas, the daily bag limit is six trout or two pounds (0.9 kg) 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 smelt angling in non-scheduled inland waters of insular Newfoundland and in Labrador are subject to the same season dates as trout angling, with the exception of those ponds that opened Jan. 15 (refer to the 2013/14 Angler's Guide).

There is no bag or possession limit for smelt, and no bag or possession limit for whitefish in Labrador.

Organizations: Special Trout Management Areas

Geographic location: Labrador, Northern Labrador.The

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