Winter sportfishing opens Wednesday

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TRURO – Two lakes in Colchester County will be open for winter sportfishing this season.

Opening New Year’s Day, winter sportfishing runs until March 31.

In Colchester County, those looking for rainbow and brook trout can fish on Deyarmont Lake, with a bag limit of two fish per day.

Shortts Lake will be open for chain pickerel, and white and yellow perch. A bag limit of 25 fish per species has been set.

In fresh water lakes open for winter, rainbow trout sportfishing anglers may also fish for brook trout. There are also a number of new lakes open for brook trout fishing. The bag limit remains at two fish per license.

“Winter sportfishing is a great way for Nova Scotians of any age to enjoy the outdoors,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 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.”

A 2013 general fishing license is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licenses are valid until March 31, 2014, and cost $26.73. Anglers may also purchase one-day licenses at a reduced rate.

Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend, Feb. 15-16, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sport fishing areas without a general fishing license.

For more information and a complete list of waterways and restrictions, visit


Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Colchester County

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