Anglers Guide 2017-2018

General Regulations

For these regulations, the following definitions apply:

Angle or Angling:
Fishing, or attempting to fish, with a hook and a line with the line held in the hand, or with a hook, line and rod held in the hand. This includes casting and trolling.
Hooks or Hooked:
Means to be in possession of a hook and line with the line held in the hand, or a hook, line and rod with the rod held in the hand, when a fish takes the attached bait, lure, or artificial fly.
  1. Salmon, trout and other sport fish may be taken in inland waters only by angling using hook and line. No person angling in any inland waters may use more than one rod and line at any time. The exception is winter trout angling where an angler can use a maximum of three lines through the ice. (See “Winter Trout Angling”).
  2. A resident can only angle in scheduled inland waters of the province with a valid inland fishery licence to take salmon. A resident who is the holder of an inland fishery licence for salmon can retain salmon and trout on their licence while angling in scheduled inland waters.
  3. A resident of the province does not require an inland fishery licence to angle for trout.
  4. Licence holders must carry their inland fishery licences (salmon or trout) at all times while angling. 
  5. There is no age restriction on possessing an inland fishing licence. However, a child up to and including 17 years of age cannot be part of an inland fishery family licence if he/she holds an individual inland fishery licence.
  6. Children under 14 years of age shall not angle on any scheduled river unless accompanied by a person 17 years of age or older. The person 17 years of age or older does not require a license to accompany the angler, but may not fish without a license.
  7. No person shall apply for, be issued, or hold more than one inland fishery license to angle for salmon or trout.
  8. Angling on scheduled salmon rivers is permitted only between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.
  9. A single barbless hook must be used when angling on scheduled salmon rivers for salmon and trout.
  10. On scheduled and non-scheduled waters, anglers must return to the water from which it was taken in a manner which causes the least harm, salmon fry, parr and smolt, or salmon less than 30 centimetres (12 inches), or ouananiche and rainbow trout less than 20 centimetres (8 inches).
  11. Anglers fishing in inland waters in Newfoundland and Labrador are not permitted to catch and retain any salmon where the salmon measures 63 centimetres or greater in length. (Except for Robinson’s River, Fischell’s Brook and Middle Barachois River. See Bay St. George South Rivers)
  12. Anglers may not retain spent salmon, commonly called “slinks”.
  13. Anglers may not retain salmon caught in coastal waters at any time, even if they have a valid inland fishery licence for salmon and tags.
  14. For the purpose of retaining salmon, all non-scheduled inland waters in Newfoundland and Labrador are rated Class 2 with a season and daily retention limit of two fish. Only red tags may be used.
  15. Any angler who “hooks” a salmon shall immediately affix and lock his or her own tag through the gills and mouth of the salmon and cut out and remove the month and day of capture, unless the salmon is released back into the water. This includes cases where the angler allows another angler to land the salmon (i.e., passing the rod).
  16. A licenced guide who “hooks” a fish (trout or salmon) while guiding non resident anglers and demonstrating the techniques of line casting to another angler shall release the fish back into the water.
  17. No salmon or trout taken by angling may be retained alive.
  18. Salmon or trout taken by angling may not be headed, filleted, canned or otherwise dealt with so as to make it impossible to readily determine the species, length, weight and number of the fish.
  19. Angling is not permitted within 23 metres (25 yards) downstream from the lower entrance of any fishway, canal, obstacle or leap (falls).
  20. Jigging, netting or purposely foul-catching sport fish in inland waters is prohibited. Accidentally foul-caught fish must be released.
  21. No person shall obstruct the passage of fish through a fishway or canal.
  22. No person shall willfully disturb or molest any fish or spawn.
  23. No person shall buy, sell, trade, barter or offer to buy, sell, trade or barter any fish unless it was caught and retained under the authority of a licence issued for the purpose of commercial fishing.

Non-Residents

(Please see Guide Requirements in Annex 2)

  1. A non-resident shall not angle for trout in non-scheduled inland waters of the province without an inland fishery licence to take trout.
  2. A non-resident can only angle in scheduled inland waters of the province with a valid inland fishery licence to take salmon.
  3. A non-resident angling in scheduled inland waters with a valid salmon inland fishery licence shall not retain trout without possessing a valid non-resident inland fishery licence to take trout.
  4. The trout bag limit for a family licence and an individual licence is the same. All fish caught shall be counted as the catch of the person to whom the licence is issued.

Family Licences`

  1. Family means a parent or parents and their children including adopted and foster children and children for whom parents are guardian, a grandparent or grandparents and their grandchildren, and a person and his or her spouse or cohabiting partner, but does not include an individual person.
  2. Inland fishery licences for salmon and trout are available as individual and/or family licences. However, no person shall apply for, be issued, or hold more than one inland fishery licence to angle for salmon or trout.
  3. A family inland fishery licence (salmon or trout) may be issued to a parent or guardian of a family and may include any child up to and including 17 years of age. However, a child up to and including 17 years of age cannot be part of an inland fishery family licence if he/she holds an individual inland fishery licence.
  4. With the exception of the parent or guardian, any person 18 years of age or older cannot participate in a family inland fishery licence.
  5. Persons 17 years of age or under, angling on a family inland fishery licence (salmon or trout), must be accompanied and supervised by the parent, grandparent or guardian who is the holder of the inland fishery licence. The parent, grandparent or guardian must always carry the inland fishery licence while angling.
  6. Parents, grandparents or guardians named on a family inland fishery licence (salmon or trout) may angle at the same time as the holder of the licence, with or without being accompanied by children.
  7. Bag limit for a family licence and an individual licence is the same. All fish caught shall be counted as the catch of the person to whom the licence is issued.