Anglers’ Guide 2023-2024 –Annexes – Annex 6–Coastal Waters and Inland Waters


Annex 6 - Coastal Waters and Inland Waters

Newfoundland and Labrador waters are divided into categories and sub-categories, as follows: Coastal waters and Inland waters (scheduled salmon rivers, scheduled rainbow and brown trout waters and non-scheduled inland waters).

Coastal waters:
Marine waters outside the spring tide low water mark, except where DFO has caution signs on the shore of a river’s estuary to close the estuary to commercial fisheries. These signs are located several metres to several kilometres seaward from the mouth of a river. Seaward of the signs is coastal waters; the area inside the signs is non-scheduled inland waters, even though it is a marine/salt water area. Angling is regulated by the season dates for non-scheduled inland waters.

Anglers uncertain about where caution signs are placed at the mouth of the river, should contact the nearest DFO office listed in Annex 1.
Inland waters:
All waters above spring tide low water mark and all waters inside of a line drawn between caution signs set out from the mouth of a river on the shores of its estuary. Inland waters include scheduled salmon rivers, scheduled rainbow trout waters, and non-scheduled inland waters.
Scheduled salmon river:
Includes the main stem of a river including tidal waters at the mouth of a river inside DFO bait and spinner signs; the waters of any connected pond or lake within 90 metres of the river’s entrance and outlet, or as indicated by DFO signs; in many cases, tributary streams; in a few cases, certain lakes and ponds. A complete list is contained in the Newfoundland and Labrador Scheduled Salmon Rivers guide.
Scheduled rainbow trout waters:
Includes a group of ponds and connecting streams in the Bauline, Portugal Cove, Torbay and Green’s Harbour areas, which are listed in Annex 7.
Scheduled and Non-Scheduled brown trout waters:
As described in Annex 8.
Non-scheduled inland waters:
Inland waters not individually listed by name in the regulations; they include salt water areas inside of DFO caution signs.
Salmon Angling in Non-Scheduled Inland Waters
  • The Retention of salmon is not permitted on non-scheduled waters.