Trout season opening Friday in insular Newfoundland

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the 2009 summer trout season for insular Newfoundland (Zone 1) will open Friday and close Sept. 7.

Bag limits and possession limits remain unchanged - the daily bag limit for trout is 12 or five pounds plus one trout round weight. Possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

Labrador Straits (Zone 2), southeastern Labrador (Zone 3), western Labrador (Zone 4) central Labrador (Zone 5) and northern Labrador (Zone 6) are open.

Zones 2, 3 and four will close Sept. 7, and zones 5 and 6 will close Sept. 15.

Management measures in Labrador include:
• Bag limit for brook trout in the Eagle Plateau management zone in Angling Zone 5 is six fish or 2 and half pounds plus one fish. The possession limit equals the daily bag limit.
• Bag limit for lake trout in Labrador is three fish per day with possession limit equal the bag limit.
• A minimum size limit of 60 cm for lake trout applies to the lakes of the Churchill Drainage Basin-Smallwood Reservoir watershed.

Special management areas opening in the province on Friday include the Indian Bay Watershed, Northwest Brook Watershed and Middle Brook Watershed.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Zone 2, Indian Bay Watershed

Geographic location: Labrador, Northern Labrador, Northwest Brook Watershed

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  • gary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    George;
    The cost for non-resident can be found in the guide that Sport Fisherman had the link to...
    Trout is about $12.50 and salmon will run ya about $63.30... With the salmon you will be issued colored Tags which can be used for different Class rivers. The max you can have with these tags is 6 fish which you have to be on a class 1 river. There are only 3 on the island. Then you have a class 2 river which you can retain 4 fish and then a class 3 which 2 can be retained... No big salmon (63cm +) can be retained. But don't get me wrong, when you get a 4-5 Lb fish on ( 50cm) you will be Hooked for life...
    Great sport... I live for it every year... Also please note we use Barbless hooks here... Just to keep things more interesting.. HA HA...
    Have fun...

  • Max
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Yes George non-resident fishing licenses are required for trout. Last year the cost was around 11 or 12 dollars as I recall. But that's not all, the regulations are very biased towards non-residents. As a non-resident you are permitted to angle for trout only within 800 metres (1/4 mile) of a traveled highway, unless you are accompanied by a licensed guide. There is an exception to the licensed guide rule. And that is, if you have a direct relative (father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother or sister etc) who is a resident of Nfld, you can fish anywhere if you are accompanied by your direct relative. I presume a grand child is also a direct relative, so if you have a one year old grandchild living in Nfld, you can strap him or her in a carrier on your back and take off and go fishing. According to the regulations all residents of Newfoundland are qualified to act as a guides for direct relatives, but not for upalong strangers. Puzzling ain't it? Furthermore, as a non-resident angler you are required to keep a log of your fishing activities, and, at the end of the fishing season you are required to send the log back to the Nfld government. Pre-paid postage?? Not a chance! You have to pay for the stamp!..
    Puzzling ain't it?
    Go figure.

  • Sport Fisherman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2005/nl-tnl09-eng.htm

    According to the above, Brown Trout runs May 1 - October 25. With the bag
    limit for SEA RUN Brown being 6 trout or 2 lbs plus one fish. But that
    doesn't answer the question about Brown Trout in inland waters. It's not
    clear. To add to the confusion, they have a disclaimer stating this info is
    not definitive.

    The below is a 2008 Angler's Guide. It is 2009 and I have to wonder why
    they don't have the 2009 guide ready YET ? This publication also has a
    disclaimer stating that this info is not definitive either.

    http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/e0004358

    I dare you to try and reconcile the both sources to find an answer. I went
    to the DFO office on Topsail road in 2006 to sort this out and it got even
    more confusing. I was told there were things called variances which
    supercede those above publications. I asked for an explanation or some
    literature and was told they didn't have any. I then left my
    name/number/address and asked them to send me this elusive literature. They
    officer promised to do so. I never did hear back from that office
    whatsoever. So, talking face to face with a fisheries officer to get an
    answer is not definitive either.

    This is how our fisheries are managed. Confusion, ambiguity and
    contradiction. Not a friggin' clue.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I was born and grew up in NL, but have been out of the province for 35 years, so I guess I'm no longer a resident. Oh well, I'll go to BC instead. Fishing is much better there.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Are fishing licenses required for trout, and what is the cost for non-resident? I am visiting NL this summer and plan to do some salmon and trout fishing.

  • gary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    George;
    The cost for non-resident can be found in the guide that Sport Fisherman had the link to...
    Trout is about $12.50 and salmon will run ya about $63.30... With the salmon you will be issued colored Tags which can be used for different Class rivers. The max you can have with these tags is 6 fish which you have to be on a class 1 river. There are only 3 on the island. Then you have a class 2 river which you can retain 4 fish and then a class 3 which 2 can be retained... No big salmon (63cm +) can be retained. But don't get me wrong, when you get a 4-5 Lb fish on ( 50cm) you will be Hooked for life...
    Great sport... I live for it every year... Also please note we use Barbless hooks here... Just to keep things more interesting.. HA HA...
    Have fun...

  • Max
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Yes George non-resident fishing licenses are required for trout. Last year the cost was around 11 or 12 dollars as I recall. But that's not all, the regulations are very biased towards non-residents. As a non-resident you are permitted to angle for trout only within 800 metres (1/4 mile) of a traveled highway, unless you are accompanied by a licensed guide. There is an exception to the licensed guide rule. And that is, if you have a direct relative (father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother or sister etc) who is a resident of Nfld, you can fish anywhere if you are accompanied by your direct relative. I presume a grand child is also a direct relative, so if you have a one year old grandchild living in Nfld, you can strap him or her in a carrier on your back and take off and go fishing. According to the regulations all residents of Newfoundland are qualified to act as a guides for direct relatives, but not for upalong strangers. Puzzling ain't it? Furthermore, as a non-resident angler you are required to keep a log of your fishing activities, and, at the end of the fishing season you are required to send the log back to the Nfld government. Pre-paid postage?? Not a chance! You have to pay for the stamp!..
    Puzzling ain't it?
    Go figure.

  • Sport Fisherman
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2005/nl-tnl09-eng.htm

    According to the above, Brown Trout runs May 1 - October 25. With the bag
    limit for SEA RUN Brown being 6 trout or 2 lbs plus one fish. But that
    doesn't answer the question about Brown Trout in inland waters. It's not
    clear. To add to the confusion, they have a disclaimer stating this info is
    not definitive.

    The below is a 2008 Angler's Guide. It is 2009 and I have to wonder why
    they don't have the 2009 guide ready YET ? This publication also has a
    disclaimer stating that this info is not definitive either.

    http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/e0004358

    I dare you to try and reconcile the both sources to find an answer. I went
    to the DFO office on Topsail road in 2006 to sort this out and it got even
    more confusing. I was told there were things called variances which
    supercede those above publications. I asked for an explanation or some
    literature and was told they didn't have any. I then left my
    name/number/address and asked them to send me this elusive literature. They
    officer promised to do so. I never did hear back from that office
    whatsoever. So, talking face to face with a fisheries officer to get an
    answer is not definitive either.

    This is how our fisheries are managed. Confusion, ambiguity and
    contradiction. Not a friggin' clue.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I was born and grew up in NL, but have been out of the province for 35 years, so I guess I'm no longer a resident. Oh well, I'll go to BC instead. Fishing is much better there.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Are fishing licenses required for trout, and what is the cost for non-resident? I am visiting NL this summer and plan to do some salmon and trout fishing.