Anglers Guide 2017-2018

Public Notices

DFO Angling Enforcement Efforts for Salmon and Trout (NL)

Getting out on a river or pond in pursuit of Atlantic salmon or trout is a tradition for many anglers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In an effort to safeguard these valued resources, fishery officers and fishery guardians with the Conservation and Protection Division of DFO routinely conduct patrols, surveillance and investigations on coastal and inland waters.

Although most anglers are respectful of the regulations, not everyone is observant of the rules. This is where fishery officers and fishery guardians, who are tasked with the responsibility for ensuring compliance and enforcement of recreational fisheries, get involved.

In 2016, approximately 70,000 hours were spent on salmon and trout enforcement. Additional compliance and enforcement efforts were provided by Aboriginal inland fisheries enforcement programs.

During the 2016 angling season, a total of 190 salmon and trout violations were detected as a result of DFO’s enforcement efforts. These include charges laid, warnings, seizures from persons unknown (e.g. abandoned nets), and cases that are still under investigation. A total of 54 salmon nets, 48 salmon, 3 ATVs, and 4 vessels were seized.

DFO receives valuable information from the public and other enforcement agencies, as well as partners. DFO’s association with Crime Stoppers aids in encouraging the public to report poaching and other illegal activity on the rivers. Callers are anonymous and tipsters can earn a cash reward if the tip leads to a conviction.

In 2016, Crime Stoppers Newfoundland and Labrador received 71 tips from the public about illegal fishing activity, 19 of which were directly related to salmon and trout. These tips are an invaluable source of information for fishery officers and guardians, and sometimes lead to charges being laid and convictions being handed down by the courts.

Crime Stoppers can be reached anonymously by calling: 1-800-222- TIPS (8477), by texting TIP190 + message to 274637 (CRIMES), or by submitting a tip on-line at

STOP the invasion

Aquatic Invasive Species are nonnative animal or plant species that can attach themselves to boats and hide in fishing gear. They then invade new habitats, threatening local fisheries and aquaculture industires.

You can help stop the invasion by following the three Rs:


  • Learn about aquatic invasive species and how to recognize them


  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from your boat’s hull and motor, and dispose of them in proper garbage and compost containers.
  • Wash your boat and gear and drain all waste on land.
  • Rinse and dry your boat and gear between locations.
  • Use anti-fouling paint on your boat to prevent invaders.


For more information visit Aquatic Invasive Species.

Fish Habitat and All-Terrain Vehicles

Preventing Serious Harm to Fish When Using Your ATV

Every year, an increasing number of people in Newfoundland and Labrador are enjoying the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), whether it’s to explore the outdoors, haul a load of wood, carry gear to the cabin, or travel to a favourite hunting or fishing spot. An ATV is a great way to travel, but operators should be aware of the potential impacts they can have when crossing rivers and streams.

In Newfoundland and Labrador’s rivers and streams, brook trout and salmon spawn in the changeover area between riffles and pools. Riffles are relatively shallow areas with moderate flows and a mainly gravel, cobble bottom. Some boulders may also be present, which break the surface. Pools are deeper and have slower flows.

Below are some fish friendly practices to keep in mind while riding your ATV

A good rule of thumb for ATV riders, as well as operators of any offroad vehicles, is to stay out of the water.

  • Steer clear of wetlands, shorelines and waterbodies
  • Avoid driving your ATV along beaches and streambanks
  • Stick to established hard roads and trails
  • Cross streams at bridges only

If you must cross a stream:

  • Cross where the approach is stable and has a low slope
  • Cross at right angles to the stream
  • Cross where the streambed is made of bedrock or large rubble
  • Reduce your speed when crossing
  • Avoid areas with vegetated, silty or sandy bottoms
  • Keep your ATV in good repair, free of mud, oil and other harmful substances that could impair water quality

Fish that are part of or support commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal fisheries are protected under Canada’s Fisheries Act. For further information, please contact (709)772-4140. If you notice an activity that may result in serious harm to fish, please contact the nearest DFO Detachment Office.

Safe Boating Messages

  1. Be prepared. Ensure your boat has all the required safety equipment and you know how to use it. Check the weather forecast.
  2. Always wear your Personal Flotation Device (PFD). It will keep you afloat and increase your chance of survival in cold water.
  3. Beware of cold water risks. Cold water is a significant risk when boating. Learn how to protect yourself. Dress appropriately and in layers. Know the facts. Be prepared. You CAN survive.
  4. Make sure your boat is suitable for the environment and conditions. Always be prepared.
  5. Leave a sail plan with someone responsible; include details about where you are going and when you’ll be back.