Atlantic Salmon Newfoundland & Labrador – in season review

Dates of season (subject to change)

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 and 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 in the 2018-2019 Angler’s Guide for details. For a complete description of Zones, see the map insert included in the 2018-2019 Angler’s Guide.

Management measures

Insular Newfoundland

As a result of the in-season review of salmon returns, the management approach for the remainder of the season for insular Newfoundland is as follows:

  • no retention of salmon will be permitted, effective one hour after sunset on July 20, 2018
  • catch and release angling only on all rivers effective one hour before sunrise on July 21, 2018
  • rivers will close to all angling when water temperatures exceed 18 degrees celsius

Labrador

As a result of the in-season review of salmon returns, as of July 24, the management approach for the remainder of the season for Labrador is as follows:

  • No retention of salmon will be permitted, effective one hour after sunset on August 3, 2018
  • Tag 1 is valid until one hour after sunset on August 3, 2018
  • Catch and Release angling only on all rivers, effective one hour before sunrise on August 4, 2018
  • Rivers will close to all angling when water temperatures exceed 18 degrees Celsius.

Catch and release limits remain at 3 fish per day for all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Retention of salmon on non-scheduled waters is not permitted.

Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas and special management areas are contained in the 2018 - 2019 Angler’s Guide.

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