WESTCHESTER STATION– Three popular fishing spots during the regular season are getting the green light this winter for ice fishing.
© JOHN BRANNEN - THE NEWS
TC Media file photo
Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aqualculture announced today the province’s winter fishing season dates and locations, and on the list for Cumberland County is the addition of Isaac Lake near Westchester Station, Long Lake near Amherst and Smiths Lake.
Prior to today’s announcement, the only site for winter fishing in Cumberland County was at Angevine Lake, near Wentworth.
"Winter sportfishing is a great way for Nova Scotians of any age to enjoy the outdoors," Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, said. "I would like to encourage all anglers to use caution this season when winter fishing from shore, in boats, or through the ice."
Isaac Lake will be open for rainbow and brook trout fishing, as will Angevine Lake, while Long Lake and Smiths Lake will be open for fishing perch.
The winter sportfishing season begins Jan. 1, 2014, and 2013 general fishing licence is required, available through Department of Natural Resources offices if not already purchased. Licences are valid until March 31 and cost $26.73.
Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate.
Throughout the province, fishing venues are expanding with more lakes open for brook trout, chain pickerel or perch.
In fresh water lakes open for winter, rainbow trout sportfishing anglers may also fish for brook trout. There are also a number of new lakes open for brook trout fishing. The bag limit remains at two fish per licence for trout and for perch the bag limit is 25.