News Release Archive

  Fisheries Minister Jim Barkhouse has announced the opening
  of two new winter sportfishing areas in the province, and
  the reopening of rainbow trout fishing in the Bras d'Or
  For the first time, Cameron and Gillis Lakes in Pineville,
  Antigonish County, will open for rainbow trout fishing. The
  season runs from Jan. 1 to March 31, 1996. Anglers are
  allowed to keep two trout per day.
  Anglers will also be able to fish chain pickerel for the
  first time on Seth, Bonaventure and Eel Lakes, located near
  Meteghan, Digby County. The season will open January 15 and
  run until Feb. 29. There is no bag limit for this species.
  Mr. Barkhouse said that the department has decided to reopen
  a winter fishery for rainbow trout in the Bras d'Or Lakes
  following an evaluation of last year's pilot project. The
  season will run from Jan. 1 to March 31, 1996. The daily bag
  limit is two fish.
  Anglers will be able to fish the Bras d'Or Lakes, Great Bras
  d'Or Lake, St. Patrick's Channel, St. Andrew's Channel, and
  Sydney River (between the dam and a line drawn between Point
  Edward and Liscomb Point).
  Trout anglers should note that two areas are closed: the
  area inside the East Bay sand bar and the areas above the
  Baddeck River highway bridge on Highway 105. "This action
  has been taken to protect brook trout populations," said the
  "We learned a good deal from last year's winter sportfishing
  project in the Bras d'Or. There was good participation from
  anglers, and we are pleased to offer them the same
  opportunity this year," he said.
  The minister noted that the winter angling seasons were
  developed through consultation with the federal Department
  of Fisheries and Oceans, the Cape Breton Sport Fishing
  Advisory Committee, and the provincial Recreational Fishery
  Advisory Councils. "We depend on input from our federal
  counterpart and user groups to ensure that anglers can enjoy
  their sport and that stocks are protected."
  Mr. Barkhouse also pointed out that angling is a popular
  outdoor activity for Nova Scotians and visitors to the
  province. "The fishery helps the economy in many rural
  communities. Anglers spend money on everything from fishing
  line and hooks to accommodations and food. It helps a lot of
  small businesses in these rural communities especially
  during the winter months."
  The minister urged anglers to exercise caution while fishing
  and to ensure ice conditions are safe. He also urged fishing
  enthusiasts to abide by regulations to do their part in
  keeping the environment clean. "If you pack it in, pack it
  out," he said.
  Contact: Murray Hill  902-485-7021
           Diane Kenny  902-424-0308
  trp                        Jan. 02, 1996