May 12, 2020


2020 Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishery

DFO wishes to advise anglers that the 2020 season for the Atlantic Salmon recreational fishery are:

Insular Newfoundland - all rivers are open from June 1 to September 7, 2020.

Labrador - all rivers are open from June 15 to September 15, 2020.

Management measures for recreational salmon fishing in 2020 are as follows:

A retention limit of one fish on Class 2 rivers (Tag 1 – red) and a retention limit of two fish on Class 4, Class 6 and unclassified rivers (Tags 3 and 4 – green).

A catch and release limit of three fish per day for all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador with the exception of Class 0 rivers. On Class 0 rivers anglers are permitted to catch and release a limit of two fish per day.

The retention of salmon on non-scheduled waters is not permitted.

The continuation of the 2019 multi-faceted Environmental Protocol which will be available in the 2020-2021 Angler's Guide.

For additional information, refer to the Fisheries Management Decision online at:

Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas and special management areas are contained in the 2020 - 2021 Angler's Guide which will be available soon in booklet form or on-line at

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2019-256 has been revoked and Variation Order 2020-046 comes into effect on May 13, 2020.

If you would like to have all "Notices to Anglers" for recreational fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact:



Jackie Kean
Resource Manager
Tel. (709) 772-2045