Sportfishing season opens Jan. 1

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TRURO - The winter sportfishing season will open New Year's Day.
Sportfishing is permitted in Colchester County at Shortts Lake for white and yellow perch and chain pickerel. The season runs from Jan. 1 to March 31.
"The opening of five lakes to brook trout is a new opportunity for anglers," said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. "We are seeing more people enjoying the outdoors year round, and winter sportfishing is a great activity for new and experienced anglers alike."
A 2009 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. The licences are valid until March 31, 2010. Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate.
"Angling is a lifelong, healthy, outdoor activity," says Tony Rodgers, executive director, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
"It is one of the few sports that young and old can do together."
Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21. Residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a general fishing license.
The weekend will also include the Becoming an Outdoor Woman winter workshop, which will be held at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, St. Anns, Victoria County. Information on the workshop can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/outdoor.
For more information on the season, visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .

Organizations: Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers

Geographic location: Colchester County, Victoria County

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