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.

Salmon Season Dates 2017
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.

Retention Limits

Retention Limits
River ClassificationSeasonal LimitTag ColoursTag #
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
(Zones 1&2)
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.

Daily Retention

  • 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.

Possession Limit

  • Twice daily bag limit (where applicable).