Anglers Guide 2017-2018
Annex 4 - Salmon Management Measures
Scheduled salmon rivers in Salmon Angling Zones 3 to 14A (Insular Newfoundland) and most rivers in Zones 2 and 14B in Labrador have been rated Class 0, Class 2, Class 4 or Class 6. Ratings are based on a number of factors, including salmon population, spawner returns, river size, angling pressure and remoteness of the river. Bag limits and use of tags are determined by river class.
- Six color-coded and individually numbered tags are issued with a licence as follows: red tags are 1 and 2; green tags are 3 and 4; blue tags are 5 and 6. The licence number is stamped on each tag.
- Red tags are used to tag fish on Class 2, Class 4 and Class 6 rivers. Green tags are used to tag fish on Class 4 and Class 6 rivers. Blue tags are used to tag fish only on Class 6 rivers. No fish may be retained on Class 0 rivers.
- Tags must be immediately and securely locked through the gills and mouth of retained salmon, and the month and day must immediately be clearly cut out and removed from the vinyl portion of the tag.
An artificial fly must be used for salmon and trout angling on scheduled salmon waters throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Only one hook may be used at a time. Regulations describe an artificial fly as a single barbless hook dressed with materials to attract fish. It is not baited, does not have a weight attached to sink it, and does not have a spinner or similar device attached. A barbed hook may be made barbless by cutting or filing off the barb or by pinching the barb flat so that it is in complete contact with the shaft of the hook.
DFO will continue to take action when extreme environmental conditions (very low water levels and high water temperatures) warrant a closure. Anglers are encouraged to visit the DFO website and refer to In-Season Status Report for river closures throughout the province. Recorded messages for closures, openings and other angling information, is available by calling 709-772- 4423.
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