Angler's Guide 2017-2018
Management measures for recreational salmon fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador are developed in consultation with user groups and stakeholders; including anglers, outfitters, conservationists, Aboriginal groups and the provincial government. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard may make changes to management measures for conservation reasons.
|Zones 3 - 8||Cape Bauld to Cape Race||June 1||Sept. 7|
|Zones 9 - 12||Cape Race to Cape Ray||June 1||Sept. 7|
|Zone 13||Cape Ray to Cape St. Gregory||June 1||Sept. 7|
|Zone 14A||Cape St. Gregory to Cape Bauld||June 1||Sept. 7|
|Zone 14B||L’Anse au Clair to Cape Charles||June 15||Sept. 15|
|Zones 1 & 2||Labrador North and East||June 15||Sept. 15|
|Fall Angling||Gander River, Exploits River, Humber River||Sept. 8||Oct. 7|
Some individual rivers may have different opening and closing dates. Check the Watershed Management Plans section for details. For a complete description of Zones, see the Newfoundland and Labrador Scheduled Salmon Rivers map included in this guide.
Fall Angling: September 8 – October 7, 2017
Gander River, Exploits River and Humber River
- Catch-and-Release angling as follows:
- main stem of Lower Exploits River, from Stoney Brook to river mouth;
- main stem of Lower Humber River, from Boom Siding (outlet of Deer Lake) to lower end of Shellbird Island;
- main stem of Gander River from outlet on Gander Lake to river mouth.
- Angling not permitted on any tributaries of these rivers;
- Daily catch-and-release bag limit of four salmon;
- On the main stem of the lower Gander River, red and green tags are permitted to be used from June 1-September 7. Once the red and green tags are used, blue tags are permitted from August 1-October 7.
- Only two salmon (blue tags only) retention permitted on the main stem of the Gander River from September 7 to October 7.
|River Classification||Seasonal Limit||Tag Colours||Tag #|
|Class 0||Catch and Release||N/A||N/A|
|Class 2||Two fish||Red||1, 2|
|Class 4||Four fish||Red, green||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Class 6||Six fish||Red, green, blue||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Four fish||Red, green||1, 2, 3, 4|
Non-scheduled waters in insular Newfoundland and Labrador are considered Class 2, with two-fish retention (red tags 1 and 2). In order to retain salmon angled in non-scheduled waters, you must possess a valid salmon inland fishery licence and affix red tags 1 and 2. Only small salmon may be retained in Zones 1 to 14B.
See Annex 4 for additional Salmon Management Measures.
- Two fish on all Class 2, 4 & 6 rivers and unscheduled rivers.
- Two fish in Zones 1 and 2.
- No salmon fry, parr, smolt or salmon less than 30 centimeters (12 inches) may be retained on scheduled or non-scheduled waters. Fish should be returned to the water in a manner which causes the least harm.
- Twice daily bag limit (where applicable).
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