Licence-free sportfishing this weekend

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AMHERST – Anglers can fish lakes and rivers from Yarmouth to Cape Breton without a licence during the winter sportfishing weekend, Feb. 15-16.

Residents and non-residents can fish for rainbow, speckled and brown trout, white and yellow perch and chain pickerel in specified lakes and rivers throughout the province. All bag limits and other regulations apply.

"The winter sportfishing weekend is a wonderful opportunity for all Nova Scotians to enjoy this popular outdoor sport," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. "I encourage Nova Scotians to take advantage of this licence-free weekend.

"Beginners and seasoned anglers alike can enjoy a great outdoor experience, but I encourage them all to ensure they enjoy the outdoors safely."

In Cumberland County, Issac Lake and Angevine (Dewars) Lake are open to brook (speckled) or rainbow trout while white and yellow perch can be fished at Long Lake and Smith Lake.

The daily limit for trout is two; it’s 25 per species for white and yellow perch.

Winter sportfishing season opened Jan. 1 and closes March 31.

For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Winter-Angling-Opportunities.pdf .

Geographic location: Nova Scotians, Yarmouth, Cape Breton Cumberland County Issac Lake Long Lake Smith Lake

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