2010 winter trout and smelt angling season

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is advising the public that the opening and closing dates for the 2010 trout and smelt winter angling season in non-scheduled waters throughout Newfoundland and Labrador have been set.
Trout season dates:
• Zone 1 (Insular Newfoundland) Feb. 1 - April 15;
• Zone 2 (Labrador Straits) March 1 - Sept. 7;
• Zone 3 (Southeastern Labrador) March 1 - Sept. 7;
• Zone 4 (Western Labrador) Feb. 1 - Sept. 7;
• Zone 5 (Central Labrador) Feb. 1 - Sept. 15;
• Zone 6 (Northern Labrador) Feb. 1 - Sept. 15;
The department says there are exceptions to these dates for special management areas. Consult the 2009/10 Angler's Guide for specific information on these special 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.
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 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.
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 as was previously announced. There is no bag or possession limit for smelt.
For a complete list of trout angling information, consult the 2009/10 Angler's Guide, which is available online at www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Zone 2

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Northern Labrador

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  • Gerald W Budden
    April 16, 2011 - 17:56

    I have a question... I found out that the trouting season closed on April 15th, this year! ...When does it open again? Maybe you can help me!?