Residents and non-residents may fish without a general licence. However, if you fish for Atlantic salmon, you will need a salmon fishing licence. Please keep in mind that bag limits and all other sportfishing regulations will still apply.
Nova Scotians and visitors are encouraged to try sportfishing as a way to enjoy Nova Scotia's great outdoors.
View the list of Spring Sportfishing weekend schedule 2014 .
Family, friends, beginners, fishing enthusiasts and especially young anglers are encouraged to come out for the fishing on February 15-16, 2014. On those days Nova Scotia residents and non-residents may fish without a general licence. Sportfishing weekend provides a great opportunity to try winter sportfishing and promote family togetherness and healthy, outdoor living.
This weekend is a perfect time for anyone who has ever wanted to fish to come out and see what Nova Scotia offers for winter angling. Please look at your Angler's Handbook to see all the lakes open for winter angling click here: Winter Angling Opportunities .
The Hants West Wildlife Association organizes the Everett Wile Memorial Catch the Rainbow tournament, which is to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Meadow Pond in Hants County. This event provides children and families with a great winter sportfishing experience. There are shelters, hot drinks, lots of food, and draws for great fishing prizes.
Fishing licenses for 2013 are valid until March 31, 2014. If you are looking to purchase a fishing license, visit your local Department of Natural Resource Office or Access Nova Scotia.
The main objective of this Free Winter Sportfishing Weekend is to encourage everyone to give winter outdoor recreation a try. Many people may not think of angling during the winter months, but as long as you are dressed for it and keep safety in mind, this outdoor active can fun and rewarding. Studies show that when people get involved in the outdoors they are more aware of their natural surroundings and are more likely to take an active role in protecting and enhancing the resource.
Please keep in mind that bag limits and all other sportfishing regulations will still apply. For more information on Nova Scotia's Winter Sportfishing opportunities, see our Angler's Handbook.