Angler's Guide 2022-2023 - Salmon
Management measures for recreational salmon fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador are developed in consultation with user groups and stakeholders; including anglers, outfitters, conservationists, Indigenous 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.
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 three salmon;
- Fall Angling retention on the main stem of the lower Gander River will be subject to the in-season review. Call 1-800-782-3058 for resources regarding updates and/or changes throughout the season.
DID YOU KNOW?
That a video on best practices for catch and release of Atlantic Salmon can be viewed in the online version of the Angler’s Guide
Retention of salmon is not permitted on non-scheduled waters.
|River Classification||Retention Limit||Tag Color||Tag #|
|Class 2||One fish||Red||1|
|Class 4||Two fish||Red/Green||1, 3|
|Class 6||Two fish||Red/Green||1, 3|
|Unclassified (Zone 1 and 2)||Two fish||Red/Green||1, 3|
Red Tag #2 and Green Tag #4 are not valid.
- Anglers will be permitted to retain a total of two salmon with a maximum of one salmon on Class 2 rivers.
- 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.