TRURO - Two lakes in Colchester County will open to winter sportfishers on Tuesday when the province's season opens.
With more fishing venues open throughout the province for rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, chain pickerel or perch, only three types of fish can be caught here in the county.
"Winter sportfishing is one of many winter outdoor experiences that Nova Scotia offers and it is an activity that can be enjoyed by all age groups," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau in a news release. "I would like to encourage all anglers to use caution this season when winter fishing from shore, in boats, or through the ice."
In Colchester County, Deyarmont Lake, near Riversdale, will be open for brook trout fishing with a bag limit of two trout.
Anglers at Shortts Lake, near Brookfield, have a bag limit of 25 fish per day of chain pickerel, and both white and yellow perch.
A 2012 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licenses are valid until March 31, 2013. Anglers may also purchase one-day licenses at a reduced rate.
Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a general fishing license.
For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml.