Angler's Guide 2021-2022

Salmon

Management measures for recreational salmon fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador are developed in consultation with user groups and stakeholders; including anglers, outfitters, conservationists, Indigenous groups and the provincial government. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard may make changes to management measures for conservation reasons.

Salmon Dates 2021
Zone Area Opens Closes
Zones 3 - 8 Cape Bauld to Cape Race June 1 Sept. 7
Zones 9 - 12 Cape Race to Cape Ray June 1 Sept. 7
Zone 13 Cape Ray to Cape St. Gregory June 1 Sept. 7
Zone 14A Cape St. Gregory to Cape Bauld June 1 Sept. 7
Zone 14B L’Anse au Clair to Cape Charles June 15 Sept. 15
Zones 1 & 2 Labrador North and East June 15 Sept. 15
Fall Angling Gander River, Exploits River, Humber River Sept. 8 Oct. 7

Note:

Some individual rivers may have different opening and closing dates. Check the Watershed Management Plans section for details. For a complete description of Zones, see the Newfoundland and Labrador Scheduled Salmon Rivers map included in this guide.

Fall Angling: September 8 – October 7, 2021

Gander River, Exploits River and Humber River

  • Catch-and-Release angling as follows:
    • main stem of Lower Exploits River, from Stoney Brook to river mouth;
    • main stem of Lower Humber River, from Boom Siding (outlet of Deer Lake) to lower end of Shellbird Island;
    • main stem of Gander River from outlet on Gander Lake to river mouth.
  • Angling not permitted on any tributaries of these rivers;
  • Daily catch-and-release bag limit of three salmon;
  • Fall Angling retention on the main stem of the lower Gander River will be subject to the in-season review. Call 1-800-782-3058 for resources regarding updates and/or changes throughout the season.

DID YOU KNOW?

That a video on best practices for catch and release of Atlantic Salmon can be viewed in the online version of the Angler’s Guide

Retention Limits

Retention of salmon is not permitted on non-scheduled waters.

See Annex 4 for additional Atlantic Salmon Management Measures.

Retention Limits
River Classification Retention Limit Tag Color Tag #
Class 0 0 N/A N/A
Class 2 One fish Red 1
Class 4 Two fish Red/Green 1, 3
Class 6 Two fish Red/Green 1, 3
Unclassified (Zone 1 and 2) Two fish Red/Green 1, 3

Note:

Red Tag #2 and Green Tag #4 are not valid.

Seasonal Retention

  • Anglers will be permitted to retain a total of two salmon with a maximum of one salmon on Class 2 rivers.
  • No salmon fry, parr, smolt or salmon less than 30 centimeters (12 inches) may be retained on scheduled or non-scheduled waters. Fish should be returned to the water in a manner which causes the least harm.