Winter fishing season opens

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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SHORTTS LAKE - A new year will also bring the beginning of another winter fishing season in Nova Scotia.
The province's winter sport fishing season begins Thursday with chain pickerel, white perch and yellow perch permitted to be caught at Shortts Lake. It is the only location in Colchester County where the season is open.
There is a 25 fish per day limit.
"Winter sport fishing has a strong history in Nova Scotia," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Ron Chisholm.
"I encourage all winter anglers to enjoy the season ... Whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice, anglers should note changing conditions which could compromise their safety."
A 2008 general fishing licence is needed for winter fishing. Licences can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices, Access Nova Scotia's Maritime Centre location, or selected authorized vendors. Licences are valid until March 31.
The annual winter sport fishing weekend takes place Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15.
During that weekend, resident and non-resident anglers can fish in areas that are open for winter sport fishing without a general fishing licence.
For more information and a complete list of waterways open, visit the department's website at

Organizations: DAILY NEWS, Department of Natural Resources, Maritime Centre

Geographic location: Shortts Lake, Nova Scotia, Colchester County

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