Recreational trout, Newfoundland and Labrador

Species and area

The recreational trout fishery management approach is for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Season opening and closings (subject to change)

(non-scheduled waters)
ZONE Winter opens Winter closes Summer opens Summer closes
Zone 1 February 1 April 15 May 15 September 7
Zone 2 March 1 - - September 7
Zone 3 February 1 - - September 15
Zone 4 February 1 - - September 7
Zone 5 February 1 - - September 15
Zone 6 February 1 - - September 15

Special trout management areas

Season dates in special trout management areas vary and can be found in the 2019/20 Angler’s Guide.

Retention limits

Daily bag/possession limit/size restrictions

Insular Newfoundland
Species Daily bag limit/size restrictions Possession limit
Trout –
Includes speckled trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and ouananiche
12 fish which can be a combination of any of the species (speckled, brown, rainbow, ouananiche) or 2.25 kg round weight + 1 fish of any of those species, whichever is reached first.  No rainbow or ouananiche less than 20 centimeters (8 inches) can be retained. 24 fish or 4.5kg plus 1 fish
Arctic char 12 Arctic char, or 2.25 kg round weight + 1 fish of that species, whichever limit is reached first. 24 fish or 4.5kg plus 1 fish
Smelt No limit. No limit.
Labrador
Species Daily bag limit/size restrictions Possession limit
Trout –
Includes speckled trout and ouananiche
12 fish which can be a combination of any of the species (speckled or ouananiche) or 2.25 kg round weight + 1 fish of any of those species, whichever is reached first.   No ouananiche less than 20 centimeters (8 inches) can be retained. 24 fish or 4.5kg plus 1 fish
Lake trout (Zone 2) Two fish Four fish
Lake trout (Zones 3-6) Three fish Three fish
Speckled trout in Eagle Plateau Management Zone, Chateau Pond and Gilbert’s Lake. 6 fish or 1.13 kg + 1 fish, whichever limit is reached first. 6 fish or 1.13 kg + 1 fish, whichever limit is reached first.
Northern pike Two fish Four fish
Arctic char Two fish Four fish
Whitefish No limit No limit
Smelt No limit No limit

Special trout management areas

Season dates, bag limits, possession limits and length limits may vary in special trout management areas.

Unless otherwise specified, the daily bag limit for special management areas of insular Newfoundland is six trout or 0.9 kgs + one trout, whichever limit is reached first.

The possession limit is equal to the daily bag limit.

Management measures:

The management measures for this fishery are outlined in the 2019/20 Angler’s Guide. 
Changes to the Indian Bay Watershed area. 

  • Effective 2019, the Indian Bay Special Trout Management Area will be extended to the following area:  Anchor Brook in the north along the coast line to Trinity Brook then west for 23 kilometers to the east side of Home Pond, then northwest 17 kilometers to a point approx. 5 kilometers northwest of Indian Bay Pond then northeast 57 kilometers to the outflow of Anchor Brook.  Any ponds enclosed by these boundaries will be considered part of the zone.  See Angler’s Guide for further detail.

Single or multi-year planning

This information is valid for 2019/20 – 2022/23.

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