FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
NOTICE TO ANGLERS na.14.001NFB
Jan. 30, 2014
2014 Winter Trout and Smelt Angling Opening
DFO advises that the 2014 Trout and Smelt winter angling seasons in
non-scheduled waters throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will open as
Trout season dates:
Zone 1 (Insular Newfoundland)………… February 1
Zone 2 (Labrador Straits)…….. March 1
Zone 3 (Southeastern Labrador)…… February 1
Zone 4 (Western Labrador)….. February 1
Zone 5 (Central Labrador)…….. February 1
Zone 6 (Northern Labrador) ……..February 1
There are exceptions to these dates for Special Trout Management Areas.
Consult the 2013/14 Angler’s Guide for specific information on these
Special Trout Management Areas.
Daily bag limits:
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
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 January 15, 2014 (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
For a complete list of trout angling information, please consult the
2013/14 Angler’s Guide, which is available online at
DFO reminds anglers to take precautions before venturing out on the ice or
water this season.