Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishery

DFO advises anglers that the season dates for the 2023 Atlantic Salmon recreational fishery are:

Insular Newfoundland - June 1 to September 7, 2023

Labrador - June 15 to September 15, 2023

Management measures include:

- Anglers will be permitted to retain a total of two salmon with a maximum of one salmon on Class 2 rivers.

- A catch and release limit of three fish per day for all scheduled 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 multi-faceted Environmental Protocol.

Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas, and special management areas are contained in the 2023 - 2024 Angler’s Guide which is available online at Anglers' Guide 2023-2024

With the salmon season approaching, we encourage you to check out our short video on best practices for catch and release angling: 

Best practices for catch and release of Atlantic salmon

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2020-076, 2020-077, 2020-078, 2020-079, 2020-080 and 2022-209, have been revoked and Variation Orders 2023-071, 2023-077, 2023-078, 2023-079, 2023-080, and 2023-081 come into effect on May 26, 2023.

"Notices to Anglers" are now available online under the Fishery Notices link on the DFO NL Region webpage at Newfoundland and Labrador Region

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

For information, contact:

Jackie Kean
Resource Manager
Tel. (709) 689-8246