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Variation Order MAR-VAR-2022-061

Issuance Date: 

2022-05-24

Species: 

Salmon

Description: 

ORDER VARYING THE CLOSE TIME FOR ANGLING FOR SALMON IN NOVA SCOTIA

Revocation: 

Publication Date: 

2022-05-24 14:48:09 AT

Notice

SALMON ANGLING SEASONS
NOVA SCOTIA
2022

The Regional Director General of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Maritimes Region, wishes to advise the public of the following seasons and bag limits for Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotia for the 2022 season.

The notice specific to Variation Order MAR-VAR-2022-061 follows this summary.

 

1. SALMON FISHING AREA 18 (Gulf Shore of Nova Scotia)

a.   The waters of Salmon Fishing Area 18 and all waters of the Province flowing into that Area, except the waters referred to in items (b) to (j):

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

b.    East River, Pictou County:

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

c.     West River, Pictou County:

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

d.    River Phillip:

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

e.    Wallace River:

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

f.     West River, Antigonish County:

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

g.    South River, Antigonish County:

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

h.    Margaree River, Northeast Margaree River, Southwest Margaree River and tributaries, except the waters referred to in items (i) and (j):

June 1 to Oct. 15 (catch and release only)

i.     Margaree River upstream from the highway bridges at East Margaree to the Big Intervale bridges on the Northeast Margaree River and upstream to the Scotsville highway bridge on the Southwest Margaree River, not including tributaries:

June 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

j.     Northeast Margaree River and tributaries upstream from the Big Intervale bridges:

Closed all year

 

NOTES FOR SALMON FISHING AREA 18

    • The daily catch and retain limit is ZERO (0).
    • The daily catch and release limit is any combination of GRILSE or SALMON totaling FOUR (4).
    • The yearly catch and retain limit is ZERO (0).
    • When fishing for salmon, ONLY BARBLESS ARTIFICIAL FLIES ARE PERMITTED.

 

2. SALMON FISHING AREA 19 (Cape Breton East)

a.  The waters of Salmon Fishing Area 19 and all waters of the Province flowing into that Area, except the waters referred to in items (b) to (e):

Closed all year

b.    Baddeck River:

Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 (catch and release only)

c.     Middle River

Oct. 1 to Oct. 31  (catch and release only)

d.    North River downstream from the area known as “The Benches” as marked by a Fishery Officer:

June 1 to July 14 and Sept. 1 to Oct. 31  (catch and release only)

e.    North River upstream from the area known as “The Benches”:

Closed all year

 

NOTES FOR SALMON FISHING AREA 19

    • The daily catch and retain limit is ZERO (0).
    • The daily catch and release limit is any combination of GRILSE or SALMON totaling TWO (2).
    • The yearly catch and retain limit is  ZERO (0).
    • When fishing for salmon, ONLY BARBLESS ARTIFICIAL FLIES ARE PERMITTED.

 

3. SALMON FISHING AREA 20 (Eastern Shore) and all waters of the Province flowing into that Area:

Closed all year

4. SALMON FISHING AREA 21 (Southwestern Nova Scotia) and all waters of the Province flowing into that Area:

Closed all year

 

5. SALMON FISHING AREA 22 (Upper Bay of Fundy) and all waters of the Province flowing into that Area:

Closed all year

 

REMINDERS

ANGLERS ARE REMINDED THAT:

  • Salmon fishing is only permitted using barbless artificial flies.
  • All salmon must be returned to the water in the manner that causes the least possible harm to that fish.
Seasons and bag limits may change at any time for conservation reasons and subject to Aboriginal harvest agreements. 
 
 

For further information, please contact a local fishery officer or refer to Maritimes Region Variation Orders 2022-060, 2022-061 and 2022-062.

 

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NOTICE
VARIATION ORDER MAR-VAR-2022-061

 

The Regional Director General, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, gives notice that Variation Order MAR-VAR-2022-061 has been issued, varying the close times for fishing for salmon using certain methods in Nova Scotia.

 

In the waters of Salmon Fishing Area 18 and Salmon Fishing Area 19 where salmon fishing is not prohibited, angling for salmon is permitted from June 1 to October 31 by means of barbless, artificial flies only.

 

Angling for salmon in the waters of Salmon Fishing Areas 20, 21 and 22 is prohibited.

 

Salmon Fishing Areas are described in Schedule VI of the Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations.

 

Maritimes Region Variation Order MAR-VAR-2021-064 is hereby revoked.

 

For more information, contact a local fishery officer.

           

Doug Wentzell
Regional Director General
Maritimes Region

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