Fish Book – Summary of Regulations

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Fish
2015
A part of our heritage
Canada’s survey on recreational fishing –
Be part of it and WIN!
WIN one of two
fishing rod packages:
Fly Rod Package
Spinning Rod & Reel
Package
or one of fifteen
2016 New Brunswick
Fishing Licences
Every five years a national survey is carried out to
assess angling activity and to report on the economic
and social importance of recreational fishing in
Canada. New Brunswick anglers who take a few
minutes to complete the on-line survey at the end
of the 2015 fishing season are eligible to WIN!
Go to
www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/rec/canada-rec-eng.htm
to participate and to see results from previous surveys.
Don’t have on-line access? You can still provide useful
catch data by completing and submitting the postage
paid card found in the center of this book.
A summary of fishing related information is available on DNR’s website:
www.gnb.ca/naturalresources
A Message from Minister Denis Landry
Congratulations on the purchase of your 2015 New Brunswick angling licence.
We are sure that you will
find fishing in our beautiful
province rewarding. New
Brunswick boasts 2,500
lakes and 60,000 kilometres
of rivers, brooks and streams
and offers excellent angling
opportunities with a variety
of fish species.
Angling is one of the best and most affordable ways for
families to come together, and is a great way to teach future
generations about the importance of our environment and the
great outdoors. Through the purchase of licenses, anglers, also
support conservation, stocking and management programs
in New Brunswick and are integral to the protection of our
fish resources.
Fish New Brunswick Days (June 6-7). This is a great way for
people to discover the fun of fishing in our waters and has
resulted in many people becoming life-long anglers.
I encourage you to participate in the National Survey of
Recreation Fishing in Canada. The survey, conducted every five
years, relies on your input to provide important information
about the recreational fisheries in Canada’s provinces and
territories. Angler surveys also provide valuable data to
fisheries managers on fish populations throughout the
province and help support decisions associated with our
fisheries. The inside cover of this book provides information
about the survey and how you can contribute.
Please read this summary, follow the regulations, and have
a safe, enjoyable and successful fishing season.
Tight lines!
Again this year, we will provide an opportunity for residents
and non-residents to fish without a license or guide through
Table of Contents
Fish 2015 A part of our heritage
Province of New Brunswick
PO 6000, Fredericton NB E3B 5H1
10109 | 2015.02
www.gnb.ca
ISBN 978-1-4605-0702-5 (print edition)
ISBN 978-1-4605-0703-2 (PDF: English)
ISBN 978-1-4605-0704-9 (PDF: French)
Printed in New Brunswick
IMPORTANT: This is not a legal document.
This book provides a brief summary of major
angling regulations and licence information
for the 2015 season. Regulations are subject
to change at any time. This book does not
cover all the laws contained in federal
and provincial acts and regulations. For
additional information regarding season
dates, bag limits, possession limits, size
limits or gear restrictions, contact your
local Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Definitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
How to Use This Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
New for 2015. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Activities Not Allowed While Angling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Angling Licences and Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Sea-Run Atlantic Salmon Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Information for Non-Residents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
DNR Fish Stocking Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Fish New Brunswick Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Recreational Fishery Areas (RFA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Restigouche. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Chaleur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Miramichi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Southeast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Inner Bay of Fundy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Lower Saint John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Southwest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Upper Saint John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Additional Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Marine Species and Shellfish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
CROWN RESERVE WATERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
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Definitions
Angling: Fishing with a line to which up to three hooks are
attached, held in the hand or attached to a rod.
Artificial Fly: A single hook, a double hook or two single
hooks dressed with materials likely to attract fish, with no
weight, spinning device or natural bait attached.
Boundary Waters: Waters forming the boundary between
the State of Maine and/or the Province of Quebec and the
Province of New Brunswick.
Bag Limits: Except for sea-run Atlantic salmon, the
possession limit for a particular species is the same as the
daily bag limit.
Fly Fishing: To cast upon the water and retrieve in the usual
and ordinary manner an unbaited, unweighted artificial
fly attached to a line to which no weight has been added.
Trolling with artificial flies is permitted.
Fly Fishing Only Waters (Scheduled): Waters where fly
fishing is the only method of angling permitted.
Guide Required Waters: Waters deemed to be angled
mainly for Atlantic Salmon. Non-Residents require a guide
while angling for any species on these waters after the
designated date.
Hook: A single, double or treble hook, with or without
barbs, on one shank or shaft.
Jigging: Manipulating a hook(s) to foul-hook a fish in any
part of its body instead of its mouth.
• Foul-hooked fish are those fish hooked accidentally in
any part of the body except the mouth, which must be
released unharmed immediately.
Length Measurements:
• Fork length (FL) is measured from the tip of the nose to
the fork of the tail— used when measuring Atlantic
salmon or landlocked salmon.
• Total length (TL) is measured from the tip of the nose to
the end of the tail (tips of the tail squeezed together)—
used when measuring all other fish.
Live Release: Capture and immediate release of live fish.
Main Restigouche River: The main stem of the Restigouche
River, from the junction with the Little Restigouche River and
Kedgwick River, downstream to the J.C. Van Horne Bridge.
Main Southwest Miramichi River: The main stem of
the Southwest Miramichi River, from the forks at Juniper,
downstream to the junction with the Northwest Miramichi
River.
Non-Sport Fish Seasons: Legal access to non-sport fish
species is governed by the season for sport fish on all waters.
If all sport fish seasons on a particular water are closed, then
the non-sport fish season is also closed.
Resident:
a) A person who has resided in the province for a period of
six months immediately prior to making an application
for a licence.
b) A person who has resided in the province for a period of
two weeks immediately prior to making an application
for a licence, where that person was required to take up
residence in the province as a result of being transferred
to the province by their employer.
c) A person who is taking educational training of a threemonth minimum duration and has been residing in the
province for a two-week period immediately prior to
making an application for a licence.
d) A person who resided in the province for a period of six
months immediately prior to taking educational training
outside the province.
e) A person who has resided in the province for the purpose
of employment for an aggregate period of six months
within the last 12 months.
f) A person who was born in the province and who owns
real property in the province.
Set Line: A fishing line that is not attached to a rod, held
in the hand or closely attended.
Sport Fish: Sea-run Atlantic salmon, landlocked salmon,
brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, arctic
char, and smallmouth bass.
Trolling: Angling with a hook(s) and line that is drawn
through the water by a watercraft propelled by mechanical
or manual means.
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How to Use This Summary
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Where: See the map below and turn to the page of the Recreational Fishery Area (RFA) you will be fishing in.
Look under Fly Fishing Only Waters: Check if the water you want to fish is fly fishing only.
Look under Waters Closed to Angling: Make sure the water where you want to fish is open.
What species: Decide which species you want to fish.
Look under the species name: For season, bag limit, size limit and exceptions.
Recreational Fishery Areas (RFAs)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Restigouche — page 14
Chaleur — page 18
Miramichi — page 21
Southeast — page 28
Inner Bay of Fundy — page 30
Lower Saint John — page 33
Southwest — page 36
Upper Saint John — page 39
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New for 2015
• At the time this book was printed, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) could not confirm changes to Atlantic salmon
angling for 2015 (quota reductions and barbless fly requirement). Please consult DFO’s website www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/
Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries or the online version of this book at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources for updates.
• Barbless artificial flies are now required on all fly-fishing waters of the Northwest Miramichi River system. Live release
measures for Atlantic salmon on the Northwest Miramichi River system will be for the entire season in 2015. See pages 24-26.
• The South Branch of the Main Southwest Miramichi River – upstream from the footbridge behind the Juniper Lumber
Mill to the remnants of the old Flemming Gibson Dam – is no longer closed after April 30.
• The river closures at the mouth of Indiantown Brook (Quarryville Bridge) and the mouth of Wilson Brook (Main Southwest
Miramichi) and the mouth of Sutherland Brook (Northwest Miramichi) are now in effect starting July 1 (see page 23).
• Saint John River – from the highway bridge at Grafton to the railway bridge at Upper Woodstock – is now closed after
June 30 (see page 33).
• Striped bass seasons, bag limits, and gear restrictions in RFAs 1, 2, 3, and 4 are to be determined. Please consult DFO’s
website www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries for further details.
• The tidal waters upstream of Centennial Bridge on the Miramichi River will be closed to angling activities following the
sport fish season on October 31 and will remain closed until the start of the angling season the following year on April 15.
• The tidal waters of the following rivers in RFA 2 will be closed to angling activities starting on March 20 until the start
of the angling season on April 15 (May 1 on Nepisiguit); Bass River, Bathurst Harbour (Little, Middle and Tetagouche
Rivers), Millstream River, Nigadoo River, Elmtree River, Jacket River, Benjamin River, Charlo River and Eel River.
Proposed for 2016
Scheduling of the Taxis River to barbless artificial fly from April 15 to April 30.
Fish & Wildlife e-Licensing
What is it?
e-Licensing is an electronic web-based system that enables
residents and non-residents to purchase licences and apply
for draws online for angling, hunting and trapping.
When is it available?
e-Licensing is available in Spring 2015 for:
• angling licences; and
• applications to the resident Moose Draw.
To be added in 2016:
• all hunting, trapping licences and other draws.
Licences and draw applications not available through
e-Licensing at this time will be sold as per usual.
Where is it offered?
• Online Access: Visit www.gnb.ca/naturalresources. You
will need access to a computer, internet, and printer as
well as a credit or debit card.
• Participating vendors
• Service New Brunswick (SNB) centres
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What’s New?
One-time Registration
Your information such as your name, address and contact
information will be collected once when you first access
e-Licensing. You can do this in advance or before you
purchase a licence.
At this time you will be assigned an Outdoors Card number.
This number will always be displayed on your licence.
New Brunswick Residents
New Brunswick residents must have a valid New Brunswick
Driver’s Licence number or New Brunswick Photo
Identification card number (both issued by SNB) to prove
their New Brunswick residency.
If you have neither of the above, you can visit any SNB centre
to show other proof of residency.
Conservation Education Card
If you have a Conservation Education Card, this number
can be entered in e-Licensing to link your profile with any
previous training you have taken in the province, allowing
you to buy licences that require specific training.
Outdoors Card
Your new Outdoors Card number will be printed on a card
that will be sent to you after registration. The card can be
used anytime when you wish to access e-Licensing or to
identify yourself at a vendor or SNB centre.
Licence Design
All licences bought in e-Licensing will be printed on a
standard 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper. If you purchase multiple
licences, they will all appear on the same sheet. This new
licence design allows easy and accessible printing.
Tag Design
A NEW salmon tag will be used in 2015. The tags have
two parts consisting of an adhesive label and a metal
wire. Tagging instructions are found on the back of the
adhesive label.
In 2016, once hunting and trapping licences are included in
e-Licensing, this tag design will be used for salmon, bear,
moose and deer..
It’s necessary to activate tags in e-Licensing when buying a
licence which require tag(s). This is done by entering a tag
number in e-Licensing. The tag number will be displayed
next to the relevant licence.
Where can I get the tags?
Tags are available at vendor locations, SNB centres and DNR
offices free of charge.
For more information, please contact the
Department of Natural Resources: (506) 453-3826
[email protected] | www.gnb.ca/naturalresources
Activities Not Allowed While Angling
(Applies to the open water season on inland waters)
• Sport fish may not be caught by means other than angling.
• No person shall angle with more than one fishing line to which more than three hooks are attached.
• No person shall use a set-line for fishing in inland waters.
• No person shall angle for sport fish during the period beginning two hours after sunset and ending two hours before
sunrise (see exception, page 15).
• No person shall fish for sea-run Atlantic salmon with an artificial fly that has more than two hooks.
• No person shall fish with the aid of an artificial light or light from a fire.
• No person shall use or possess live fish (including crayfish) as bait in inland waters.
–– Exception: On international boundary waters (between Maine and New Brunswick), live fish may be used as bait
provided they are obtained from the water being fished and are not on the prohibited list (see below).
–– On international boundary waters (between Maine and New Brunswick), tidal waters and all inland waters, dead
fish can be used as bait, as long as they are not on the prohibited list (see below).
–– The use of the following fish as live or dead bait is prohibited: bass, bullhead, sunfish, yellow perch, white perch,
other spiny fin-rayed fish, pickerel, muskellunge, goldfish or other carp.
• Fishing with bait or lures is not permitted on Crown Reserve Waters. Artificial flies must be used while fishing these waters.
• Fishing and/or assisting another angler to fish from a bridge is not permitted.
• Fishing is not permitted within 22.8 m (25 yards) downstream from the lower entrance to any fish-way, canal, obstacle
or leap.
• Fishing is not permitted within a 100 m radius of any facility operated by or on behalf of the Department of Fisheries
and Oceans or the Province for the purposes of counting, passage or rearing of fish.
• Gaffs cannot be used to land sport fish.
• Jigging devices or spears are not permitted within 15 metres of inland waters.
• Snares or bows and arrows are not permitted in inland waters or within 15 metres of inland waters unless the person
is lawfully hunting or trapping.
• Fishing by jigging, or assisting in landing fish that have been caught by jigging in inland waters is not permitted.
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Angling Licences and Fees
Licences are available at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources, all Service New Brunswick centres, and from authorized
vendors. Contact your local DNR office to find the location nearest you (see page 43).
Type
Class
Period
Salmon Tags Total Cost*
Retention (with tags):
7 (Under 65 years of age)
8 (10 – 15 years of age / 65 or over)
Live Release (salmon only):
Season
Season
4
4
$40.68
$22.60
16 (Under 65 years of age)
17 (10 – 15 years of age / 65 or over)
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Season
Season
Season
0
0
0
$40.68
$22.60
$25.99
10 (65 years of age or over)
Season
0
$16.95
Retention (with tags):
1
Season
4
$195.49
Resident:
Atlantic Salmon
(Includes all other fish)
All fish except Atlantic
Salmon
Non-Resident:
Atlantic Salmon
(Includes all other fish)
2
7-Day **
4
$113.00
3
3-Day **
2
$59.89
Live Release:
All fish except Atlantic
Salmon
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Season
0
$195.49
14
15
4
7-Day **
3-Day **
Season
0
0
0
$113.00
$59.89
$72.32
5
7-Day **
0
$46.33
6
3-Day **
0
$33.90
* Total cost includes stocking fee, conservation fee and applicable tax.
** Valid only for consecutive calendar days. For example: June 30, July 1, July 2.
One day angling adventures may be available to resident and non-resident anglers from specific operators and
outfitters. For more information, see www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca
Licence Requirements
• Angling licences must be properly signed and carried at all times while fishing.
• Angling licences are not required in tidal waters, except if Atlantic salmon are retained. New Brunswick tidal water
boundaries are described at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources
• Anglers can only purchase one Class 1, 7, or 8 licence per season.
• Anglers 16 years of age and older require a provincial licence while angling in inland waters.
• An angling licence does not authorize the holder to purchase, sell or barter sport fish.
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Anglers under the age of 16
• Anglers, who are under 16 and do not have an Atlantic salmon licence, may fish for Atlantic salmon only when accompanied
by an angler with a valid salmon licence. The licence holder must include the child’s catch in his/her daily catch limit.
• Resident anglers 10 to 15 years old must buy an Atlantic salmon licence if they want their own bag limit.
• Anglers under the age of 16 who do not wish to fish for salmon do not require an angling licence. These anglers have
their own daily bag limit.
• Regular angling licences do not entitle anglers to fish on Crown Reserve Waters.
–– For information on youth anglers on Crown Reserve waters, see page 50-51.
Sea-Run Atlantic Salmon Information
See individual Recreational Fishery Area (RFA) for detailed Atlantic salmon information.
Size Restrictions
• Only grilse (Atlantic salmon) that are greater than or equal to 35 cm but less than 63 cm (fork length) may be retained.
Tagging
• No person shall be in possession of an Atlantic salmon (grilse) that is not properly tagged.
• Where a grilse is caught by angling and retained, the person who hooked the grilse, whether or not that person landed
the grilse, shall tag it. (See Guide I exemption, page 8)
Angling Methods
• No person shall fish for sea-run Atlantic salmon except by angling with an artificial fly.
• Anglers may cast or troll using unweighted artificial flies that have single or double hooks.
• Treble hooks are not permitted.
Non-Resident Requirement
• Non-resident anglers require a licensed guide when fishing for any species on Guide Required Waters after the designated
date (see pages 8-9).
Daily Limits
• Once their bag or daily live release limit is reached, anglers must stop fishing sea-run Atlantic salmon for the day.
How to tag a salmon
Maximum size limit: less than 63 cm (fork length)
1. Insert wire under gills
and through mouth.
2. Peel back liner of tag
and place wire on half of
sticky side.
3. Fold tag over ends of wire
and apply pressure.
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Information for Non-Residents
• Non-resident anglers require a licensed guide when fishing for sea-run Atlantic salmon, or when angling for any species
on Guide Required Waters after the designated date.
• Non-residents may fish without a guide on Fish New Brunswick Days but require an appropriate licence if sea-run Atlantic
salmon, or landlocked salmon (greater than 48 cm and less than 63 cm) are retained.
• A professional guide (Guide I) is permitted to angle and hook a salmon on behalf of his or her licensed client. The client
is considered to have hooked the salmon and may tag the fish, provided it is of legal length.
• Professional guides (Guide I) and their clients cannot fish at the same time.
• Non-residents may purchase any number or combination of Class 2 or Class 3 licences as long as the total number of
tags does not exceed four per year.
Guide Required Waters
Non-resident anglers must be accompanied by a licensed New Brunswick guide when fishing these waters after
the specified dates.
River
Guide Required
Guide Required Stretch
Beginning
Restigouche RFA
Kedgwick
May 15
Little Main Restigouche
May 15
Northwest Upsalquitch
Patapedia
May 15
May 15
Restigouche
May 1
Southeast Upsalquitch
Upsalquitch
Chaleur RFA
Big Tracadie
Jacquet
Nepisiguit
Tetagouche
Miramichi RFA
Bartholomew
Bartibog
Big Sevogle
Cains
May 15
May 15
Entire river
Entire river (Note: a portion of this river is restricted to residents only
– see page 14)
Mouth upstream to the closed waters
Entire river
From line drawn from Copeland Brook (NB) to Ruisseau du Moulin
(Quebec) upstream to Little Main Restigouche
Entire river
Entire river
April 15
July 1
April 15
April 15
Murchie Bridge to St. Sauveur road
Route 11 bridge to Lower McNair Brook
The Consolidated Bathurst Pumping Station Dam to Nepisiguit Falls
From and including Minnie’s Pool upstream to Tetagouche Falls
June 1
April 15
April 15
April 15
Dungarvon
April 15
Mouth upstream to forks of North & South branches
Egans Quarry upstream to Green Brook
Entire river including North & South branches
Mouth upstream to North Cains River
Mouth upstream to western limit of timber block 222
(N 46°45.68’, W 066° 34.67’)
Upstream of the Oxbow on the north boundary line of the Red Bank
Indian Reserve No. 7
Little Southwest Miramichi April 15
Lower North Branch Little
Southwest Miramichi
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April 15
Entire river
Guide Required
Guide Required Stretch
Beginning
Miramichi RFA (continued)
A line drawn from map grid 87948796 to 87048802 (the Old Squaw
Main Southwest Miramichi April 15
Rock above the mouth of the Renous River) upstream to junction of
North and South Branches
North Branch Renous
April 15
Mouth upstream to North Renous Lake
North Branch Southwest
April 15
Forks upstream to Beadle Brook
Miramichi
Northwest Miramichi
April 15
From and including Scott’s Rapid Pool upstream to the forks
Renous
April 15
Entire river upstream of the Route 8 bridge
South Branch Southwest
April 15
Forks upstream to Flemming Gibson Dam at Juniper
Miramichi
South Branch Renous
April 15
Mouth upstream to forks with Little Renous River
Tabusintac
April 15
Head of Tide Island upstream to Route 8 bridge
Taxis
July 1
Mouth upstream to Highway 625 crossing
Tomogonops
June 15
Mouth upstream to South Branch
River
DNR Fish Stocking Program
The Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Stocking Program aims to enhance recreational angling opportunities for brook
trout and landlocked salmon by stocking these species annually in a number of lakes throughout the province. Stocking
is carried out in the spring or fall. Fall stocked fish (f) generally range in size from 10cm to 15cm (4” to 6”) and spring
stocked fish (s) range from 15cm to 25cm (6” to 10”). The table on the next page provides details about the fish stocked in
2014. For more information, or a list of previous years’ stockings, please visit our website: www.gnb.ca/naturalresources
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NOTE: Stocking amounts were below target in spring 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances at the growers’ facilities during
previous years.
RFA
County
1
Restigouche
Gloucester
2
3
5
6
Restigouche
Northumberland
Saint John
Westmorland
Carleton
Kings
York
7
Charlotte
8
Madawaska
Restigouche
Victoria
RFA
2
5
6
7
County
Restigouche
Saint John
Queens
York
Charlotte
Queens
York
Madawaska
8
Northumberland
Restigouche
Brook Trout Stocking 2014
Lake/Pond, Amount stocked (Season stocked)
Eightmile 3550 (f)
Gounamitz 1910 (f)
Island 1940 (s)
Bass River Lake 6300 (f)
Pabineau 3930 (f)
Antinouri 6870 (f)
Belledune 2820 (s)
Indian 2200 (f)
Lower Tetagouche 4810 (f)
Murray 3760 (f)
Popelogan 1170 (f)
Upper Tetagouche 2960 (f)
Blind 840 (f)
Chatham Res. 2000 (s)
First Bear 1160 (f)
North 650 (f)
Arnold 1370 (s)
Fisher 2000 (s)
Taylor 1200 (s)
Theobald 1550 (s)
Morice 2990 (s)
Nashwaak 2110 (s)
Pickett 990 (s)
Killarney 2000 (s)
Cundy 790 (s)
Dwellys 900 (s)
Little 500 (s)
Long 600 (s)
Ormond 8320 (f)
Round 170 (s)
Sparks 1940 (s)
Baker 4480 (s)
Thompson 1000 (s)
Nictau 2400 (s)
Roulston 860 (s)
Landlocked Salmon Stocking 2014
Lake/Pond, Amount stocked (Season stocked)
Middle Tetagouche 70 (s)
Upper Tetagouche 80 (s)
Loch Lomond 2000 (s)
Grand 31900 (s)
Grand 7500* (f)
Oromocto 5010 (s)
Second Eel 1000 (s)
Clear 150 (s)
East Long 150 (s)
Queens 750 (s)
Harvey 1630 (s)
Magaguadavic 180** (f)
Baker 1400 (s)
Baker 14100* (f)
Unique 280 (s)
Serpentine 1230 (s)
Nictau 500 (s)
McDougall 2100 (f)
Teagues 9050 (f)
Head 480 (f)
Middle Tetagouche 2410 (f)
Tongue 1120 (f)
Estey 470 (f)
Second Bear 470 (f)
Lily 2000 (s)
Great 1100 (s)
Middle Dam 570 (s)
Sandy Cove 250 (s)
Unique 14830 (f)
Yoho 280 (s)
Skiff 1400 (s)
Baker 170** (f)
* surplus parr ** adult
DNR Fish Stocking Program Assessment
Before being stocked, a fin is clipped on each fish so it can
be distinguished from wild fish. If you catch a brook trout or
landlocked salmon with a fin clip please add a note on your
angler survey (see insert) indicating which fin was clipped along
with the length, date and location (waterbody) of your catch.
ADIPOSE FIN (AD)
VENTRAL FINS
This information is important in helping us evaluate DNR’s fish stocking program.
PLEASE REPORT YOUR CATCH!
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Protect Our Waters
ILLEGAL!
Unauthorized transfer or stocking of any fish
What is the problem?
• Introduced species can prey on resident fish species and
compete for food and space.
• New species disrupt natural ecosystems.
• They can introduce diseases and parasites to native fish.
What can you do?
• Do not stock or move fish. It is illegal to transfer or stock
any fish without authorization.
• Be aware of bait regulations. It is illegal to use live fish as
bait in most New Brunswick waters. Where use of live bait
is legal, use bait from the body of water you are fishing.
• Never release aquarium or pond fish into natural waters.
For more information: www.gnb.ca/naturalresources
To report illegal fish stocking activity, please call:
Invasive species: What to do
New Brunswick waters are being threatened by invasive
plants and animals. Once established, invasive species
are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to control or
eradicate. They disrupt natural ecosystems and are one of
the leading causes of native species becoming threatened
or endangered.
Every time you move from one body of water to another,
aquatic invasive species may travel with you. You can help
stop them! When enjoying recreational activities like boating
and fishing, please remember to do the following:
• Inspect and remove all visible aquatic plants, animals
and mud from canoes, kayaks, jet skis, boats, motors,
trailers and equipment
• Drain all the water from your boat, including the live
well, bilge, and motor
• Wash watercraft with high-pressure or hot water or
dry for 5 days
• Check, clean, and dry all personal gear, including
waders, fishing lines and lures.
• Dispose of unused bait responsibly
• Never release plants, fish or other animals into a body
of water unless they came out of that water!
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Alert!
Largemouth bass have recently been caught in Grand Falls Flowage (St. Croix River) and the Meduxnekeag River at Woodstock
(Saint John River). Their presence is believed to be due to illegal introductions. The New Brunswick Department of Natural
Resources encourages all anglers that catch a largemouth bass of any size to keep it and deliver it to the nearest DNR
Office. The continued presence of largemouth bass may have a negative impact on existing fish species and their fisheries.
Identification Tips
Largemouth bass:
1 Mouth terminates behind the eye
2 Separation between spiny and soft rays on dorsal fin
3 Dark horizontal bar
Smallmouth bass:
1 Mouth terminates inline with or slightly ahead of the eye
2 No separation between spiny and soft rays on dorsal fin
3 Dark vertical patches
LARGEMOUTH BASS
1
2
3
SMALLMOUTH BASS
Tips on Releasing Fish
• Consider using artificial lures and barbless hooks.
• Treble hooks and flies will reduce hooking mortality
in young fish.
• Retrieve your catch quickly. Use appropriate size tackle
to quickly land the fish or break off large fish.
• Release the fish immediately by gently placing it in
calm water.
• Keep your fingers out of the gills and eyes.
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• Avoid squeezing the fish. Use both hands to evenly
support the fish’s weight.
• Keep the fish in the water as much as possible.
• Cut the line and leave deeply embedded or swallowed
hooks in the fish.
• A fish that can be legally kept should not be released if
it is bleeding heavily. Its chance of surviving is very low.
Fish
New Brunswick
Days
June 6 & 7
2015
Anglers may fish for all species
without purchasing a licence.
However, anglers wishing to
retain Atlantic salmon require a
licence. Non-Residents may fish
without a guide on these days.
Individuals whose angling
privileges have been revoked
cannot fish anywhere in the
province, including on Fish New
Brunswick Days.
All current bag limits, closures
and other restrictions are still in
effect on Fish New Brunswick
Days. Access to private waters,
Crown Reserve waters and
Crown Leases is still restricted.
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Restigouche
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary Description: All lakes, rivers and streams of the Restigouche River and
tributaries upstream of the J.C. Van Horne Bridge at Campbellton.
Attention anglers:
• The Restigouche River main stem is primarily private or leased waters. Permission from the owner/lessee is required
to angle on these waters.
• Little Main Restigouche River from the junction of the Kedgwick River upstream to, but not including, the pool at the
mouth of Jardine Brook is restricted to Resident anglers only.
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Gounamitz
Jardine Brook,
Restigouche County
Beginning
July 1
July 1
Jardine Brook,
Victoria County
August 1
Kedgwick
Little Main Restigouche
May 1
May 15
Northwest Upsalquitch
May 1
Patapedia
Restigouche
June 1
May 15
Restigouche
April 15
Restigouche
May 15
Southeast Upsalquitch
May 1
Upsalquitch
May 1
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Stretch
Gounamitz river upstream to the junction of the North and West Branches
Jardine Brook, Restigouche County, from its junction with the Little Main
Restigouche River upstream to the Restigouche-Victoria County boundary
line (Grid Reference 609175 5264053)
Jardine Brook, Victoria County, from the Restigouche-Victoria County
boundary line (Grid Reference 609175 5264053) upstream to the CN
railway bridge
Kedgwick River including North and South Branches
Little Main Restigouche River from a line drawn from Grid Reference
613248 5279890 to Grid Reference 613337 5279856 (its mouth at the
junction with the Main Restigouche River and the Kedgwick River)
upstream to Cedar Brook at Grid Reference 590964 5252358
Northwest Upsalquitch River upstream to Nine Mile Brook (Grid Reference
664850 5275150)
Patapedia River, that portion lying within the province of New Brunswick
Restigouche River, from the junction with the Kedgwick River
downstream to the junction with the Patapedia River
Restigouche River, from the junction with the Patapedia River
downstream to the Matapedia CN Railway Bridge
Restigouche River from the Matapedia CN Railway Bridge to a line drawn
from Copeland Brook (NB) to Ruisseau du Moulin (Québec)
Southeast Upsalquitch upstream to the first unnamed pool (Grid
Reference 680703 5279878) above Boar’s Head Pool
Upsalquitch River
Waters Closed to Angling
Water
Northwest Upsalquitch
River
Southeast Upsalquitch
River
Stretch
Closed
Northwest Upsalquitch River above Nine Mile Brook (grid Reference Year round
664850 5275150), not including tributaries.
Southeast Upsalquitch River from and including the unnamed pool Year round
(Grid Reference 680703 5279878) above Boars Head Pool, upstream
to Simpson’s Field Falls, not including tributaries.
Angling rules for boundary waters with Quebec
Patapedia River and the Main Restigouche River downstream from the Patapedia River to the J.C. Van Horne bridge at
Campbellton.
Angling Licences
• Angling licences issued by Quebec or New Brunswick are legally recognized on all common boundary waters of the
Restigouche drainage upstream of the J.C. Van Horne Bridge at Campbellton.
• The tidal water boundary recognized by New Brunswick on the Restigouche River is a line between Copeland Brook
(NB) to Ruisseau du Moulin (Quebec). However, all anglers fishing the Quebec portion of the waters upstream of the
J.C. VanHorne Bridge at Campbellton to this line must have a valid NB or Quebec Angling licence.
• Legal Fishing Hours on the Restigouche and Patapedia Rivers boundary waters are from one hour before sunrise to
one hour after sunset.
Atlantic Salmon
At the time this book was printed, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) could not confirm changes to Atlantic salmon angling
for 2015 (quota reductions and barbless fly requirement). Please consult DFO’s website www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/
Recreational-Fisheries or the online version of this book at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources for updates.
Open season
Spring
Summer
Fall
Limits
Spring
Summer
Fall
Minimum size (FL)
Maximum size (FL)
Possession
Non-boundary waters
Boundary waters between NB and
Quebec
May 1 – 31
April 15 – May 31 (Restigouche River only)
June 1 – August 31
June 1 – August 31
September 1 – 30 Live release
September 1 – 30 Live release
Daily Bag Limit
Live Release Limit Daily Bag Limit
Live Release Limit
0
10
0
10
1
4
2
4
0
4
0
4
35 cm
35 cm
Less than 63 cm
Less than 63 cm
4
4
15
Atlantic Salmon Seasons – Restigouche Drainage
Includes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Gounamitz
Kedgwick
Little Main Restigouche*
Main Restigouche boundary waters
Main Restigouche non-boundary waters
North Kedgwick
Northwest Upsalquitch
Patapedia
Southeast Upsalquitch
Upsalquitch
Spring Kelt
N/A
N/A
May 1 – 31
April 15 – May 31
May 1 – 31
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Bright retention
June 1 – August 31
Live release only
September 1 – 30
* upstream to Cedar Brook
Trout
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
Daily Bag and Possession Limits
Daily bag and possession (Total
of: arctic char, brook trout, brown
trout, lake trout, or rainbow
trout*)
Minimum Size Limits (TL)
Brook trout
Lake trout
Arctic char, brown trout, rainbow
trout
Non-Boundary waters
May 1 – September 15
Boundary waters between N.B. and Quebec
Patapedia River. . . . . . . . . . . . . June 3 – September 15
Restigouche River from:
–– Patapedia River downstream to
Matapedia CN Railway Bridge. . April 15 – Sept. 30
–– Matapedia CN Railway Bridge to
the J.C. Van Horne Bridge. . . . . . . April 15 – Oct. 31
May 15 – September 15 N/A
5*
5*
10 cm
45 cm
15 cm
10 cm
45 cm
15 cm
* No more than two lake trout and/or two brown trout
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Season: Restigouche drainage upstream from the junction of
the Main Restigouche River and the Kedgwick River, including all tributaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – September 30
Daily bag limit: Restigouche drainage upstream from the junction of the
Main Restigouche River and the Kedgwick River, including all tributaries (September 1 – 30). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Minimum size limit: Brook trout, Gounamitz River, and South Branch Kedgwick River,
not including tributaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 cm (TL)
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Non-Sport Fish
Non-boundary waters
Open season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exception: The season for whitefish ends on September 15
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Burbot
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Eel
10
20 cm
N/A
Gaspereau
20
N/A
N/A
Shad
5
N/A
N/A
Smelt
60
N/A
N/A
Striped bass
Seasons and bag limits to be determined. For further details see DFO website:
www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries
White perch
25
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Whitefish
8
10 cm TL
70 cm TL
Yellow perch
100
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Smelt
SMELT
Angling or dip netting
Open Season
Non-boundary waters
April 15 – May 31
Daily bag/possession limit
60
Boundary waters between N.B. and Quebec
April 15 – May 31
60
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Restigouche River, upstream of a reference point at a straight line
from Copeland Brook (NB) to Ruisseau du Moulin (Quebec) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Smelt season closed
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
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Chaleur
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers, and streams draining into the Bay of Chaleur
seaward of the J.C. Van Horne Bridge at Campbellton and all waters draining into the
Gulf of St. Lawrence north of Tabusintac Bay.
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Big Tracadie
Beginning
Stretch
April 15 – 30
Big Tracadie River, upstream of a line drawn from 47°27’46.2”N
After September 15 64°56’01.9”W to 47°27’25.5”N 64°55’23.7”W
Comeau
April 15 – 30
Comeau River, upstream of a line drawn from 47°28’30.2”N 64°55’42.2”W
After September 15 to 47°28’26.5”N 64°55’50.5”W
Jacquet
July 1
Jacquet River, from Route 134 (old Route 11) bridge upstream to the head
of Kettle Hole Pool
Leech
Nepisiguit
April 15 – 30
After September 15
April 15 – 30
After September 15
June 1
Nigadoo
July 15
Leech River, upstream of a line drawn from 47°27’46.2”N 64°56’01.9”W
to 47°27’25.5”N 64°55’23.7”W
Little Tracadie River, upstream of the Route 11 Bridge (47°31’41.3”N
64°56’02.7”W to 47°31’52.5”N 64°56’00.3”W
Nepisiguit River, from the Route 11 bridge at Bathurst upstream to
Nepisiguit Falls
Nigadoo River, upstream from Route 134 bridge to a line drawn from
47°44’38.59”N 65°53’24.22”W to 47°44’38.55”N 65°53’23.16”W
(including Haché Pool)
Pokemouche River, upstream of Route 113 Bridge
Little Tracadie
Pokemouche
April 15 – 30
After September 15
Portage
April 15 – 30
Portage River, upstream of a line drawn from 47°27’46.2”N 64°56’01.9”W
After September 15 to 47°27’25.5”N 64°55’23.7”W
Southwest Caraquet July 15
Southwest Caraquet River, from the Route 11 bridge upstream to
Innishannon Brook
Waters Closed to Angling
Water
Stretch
Tributaries to
All brooks flowing into Nepisiguit Lake, Northumberland County
Nepisiguit Lakes
Nepisiguit River Nepisiguit River from the head of Pabineau Falls Pool downstream 45 metres
Nepisiguit River Nepisiguit River within 100 metres of the Nepisiguit counting fence
Nepisiguit River Nepisiguit River from its junction with the Big South Nepisiguit downstream
to, but not including, White Birch Pool
Nepisiguit River Nepisiguit River from and including White Birch Pool downstream to and
including Elbow Pool
Nepisiguit River Nepisiguit River from but not including Elbow Pool downstream to Indian
Falls Brook
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Closed
Year round
Year round
Year round
Year round
April 15 – July 14
August 16 – Sept. 15
Year round
Atlantic Salmon
At the time this book was printed, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) could not confirm changes to Atlantic salmon angling
for 2015 (quota reductions and barbless fly requirement). Please consult DFO’s website www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/
Recreational-Fisheries or the online version of this book at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources for updates.
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – October 29
Season bag limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Daily bag limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Maximum size limit, grilse retention only. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 63 cm (FL)
Daily live release limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Spring salmon (kelt) angling
Season:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – May 15
Daily live release limit (unless daily bag limit is reached). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Daily bag limit: Nepisiguit River daily grilse retention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Atlantic Salmon Seasons – Chaleur Drainage
Includes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Bass
Benjamin
Caraquet
Charlo
Eel
Jacquet – upstream of Halfway Pool
Jacquet – from and including Halfway Pool
downstream to mouth
Little
Little Tracadie
Middle
Millstream
Nepisiguit – from Nepisiguit Falls downstream
to mouth
Nigadoo
Spring kelt
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
N/A
April 15 – May 15
Bright retention
May 16 – October 22
May 16 – October 22
May 16 – October 15
May 16 – October 22
May 16 – October 22
June 1 – October 15
May 16 – October 22
Live release only
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
N/A
May 16 – October 15
May 16 – October 15
May 16 – October 22
May 16 – October 15
June 1 – September 30
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 16 – 22
October 1 – 22
April 15 – May 15
May 16 – October 22
N/A
Pokemouche
South Caraquet
Tetagouche
Tracadie – below Lord & Foy
Tracadie – upstream of Lord & Foy
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
N/A
May 16 – October 15
May 16 – October 29
May 16 – October 22
May 16 – October 29
June 1 – October 15
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Landlocked Salmon
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 15 – September 30
Daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 cm (FL)
Maximum size limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 63 cm (FL)
Any landlocked salmon equal to or greater than 48 centimetres and less than 63 centimetres fork length requires an Atlantic
salmon tag if it is retained.
Trout
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
Daily bag and possession limit
Total of: arctic char, brook trout, brown trout or rainbow trout
Minimum Size Limits (TL)
Brook trout
Arctic char, brown trout, rainbow trout
May 1 – September 15
May 15 – September 15
5*
10 cm
15 cm
* No more than two brown trout.
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Nepisiguit (Bathurst) Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live release only
Nepisiguit Lakes thoroughfares connecting the chain of four lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open May 15
Non-Sport Fish
Open season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exceptions: • The season for smelt ends on May 31.
• The season for whitefish ends on September 15.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Burbot
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Eel
10
20 cm
N/A
Gaspereau
20
N/A
N/A
Shad
5
N/A
N/A
Smelt
60
N/A
N/A
Striped bass
Seasons and bag limits to be determined – for further details see DFO website:
www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries
White perch
25
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Whitefish
8
10 cm TL
70 cm TL
Yellow perch
100
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
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Miramichi
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers and streams draining into Tabusintac Bay and
all waters draining into Miramichi Bay north of Point Escuminac.
Attention anglers: Some stretches on the Miramichi River are private or leased
waters. Permission from the owner/lessee is required to angle on these waters.
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Bartholomew
Beginning
April 15
Bartholomew
April 15 – May 15,
June 1
April 15 – 30,
After September 15
April 15
Bartibog
Beadle Brook
Big Sevogle
Burnthill Brook
April 15 – May 15,
June 1
April 15
Cains
April 15
Clearwater
Brook
Dungarvon
April 15
April 15 – May 15,
June 1
April 15
Fifteen Mile
Brook
Little Southwest April 15
Miramichi
Main Southwest April 15
Miramichi
McKeil Brook
April 15
North Branch
Renous
April 15 – May 15,
June 1
Stretch
Bartholomew River from its confluence with the Main Southwest Miramichi
River upstream to the Route 8 bridge
Bartholomew River, from the Route 8 bridge upstream to
Leadbetter Brook
Bartibog River from the Route 11 bridge upstream to the junction with the
South Branch and Middle Branch, Bartibog Rivers
Beadle Brook from its junction with North Branch Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to the junction of the North and South Branches
Big Sevogle River from its junction with the Northwest Miramichi River
upstream to its source, including the North Branch and the South Branch
Burnthill Brook, from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to its source
Cains River from its junction with the Southwest Miramichi River upstream to
Beaver Brook
Clearwater Brook, from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to its source
Dungarvon River from its junction with the Renous River upstream to the
Salmon protection barrier (0.8 km downstream of Stone Brook)
Fifteen Mile Brook, from its confluence with the North Branch Southwest
Miramichi River upstream to its source
Little Southwest Miramichi River, from its junction with the Northwest
Miramichi River upstream to its source, including the North Pole Stream and
the Lower North Branch Little Southwest Miramichi River.
Main Southwest Miramichi River upstream from a line drawn at the mouth of
Doyles Brook from grid reference 751539 5194066 to grid reference 751553
5193718, Northumberland County, to the junction of the North Branch
Southwest Miramichi River and South Branch Southwest Miramichi River,
Carleton County
McKeil Brook, from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to its source
North Branch Renous River from its junction with the Renous River upstream
to North Renous Lake
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River
North Branch
Southwest
Miramichi
Northwest
Miramichi
Renous
Renous
Rocky Brook
South Branch
Southwest
Miramichi
South Branch
Renous
Tabusintac
Tabusintac
Tabusintac
West Brook
Beginning
April 15
Stretch
North Branch Southwest Miramichi River from its junction with the Southwest
Miramichi River upstream to its source, including all tributaries
April 15
Northwest Miramichi River from the Red Bank/Sunny Corner Bridge upstream
to a point 200 metres upstream of the junction of the Northwest Miramichi
River and the South Branch Northwest Miramichi River
April 15
Renous River from its junction with the Main Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to the Route 8 bridge
April 15 – May 15, Renous River from the Route 8 bridge upstream to its source, the junction of
June 1
the North and South Branches in Northumberland County
April 15
Rocky Brook, from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to its source
April 15
South Branch Southwest Miramichi River upstream to the Route 107 bridge at
Foreston, Carleton County.
April 15 – May 15,
June 1
April 15 – May 15,
After September 15
South Branch Renous River from its junction with the Renous River upstream
to Route 108
Tabusintac River from Route 11 Bridge upstream to a line drawn directly
across the river at Stilson Brook (Grid Reference 793147 5249677 to 793133
5249812, Old Boom Landing Road)
April 15 – May 15, Tabusintac River from a line drawn directly across the river at Stilson Brook
After September 15 (Grid Reference 793147 5249677 to 793133 5249812, Old Boom Landing
Road) upstream to a line drawn directly across the river at Becks Brook (Grid
Reference 789260 5250163)
April 15 – May 15, Tabusintac River from a line drawn directly across the river at Becks Brook
June 1
(Grid Reference 789260 5250163 to 789257 5250072) to its source
April 15
West Brook, from its confluence with the North Branch Southwest Miramichi
River upstream to the CN railway crossing
Waters Closed to Angling
Water
Stretch
Cains River
Cains River from the river ford located approximately three-quarters of
a kilometer above the Hopewell Lodge upstream to the mouth of Lower
Otter Brook
Dungarvon
River
First and
Second Lakes
Little Bartibog
River
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Dungarvon River from 100 meters below the DNR Salmon Protection
Barrier upstream to its source, including all tributaries
First and Second Lakes, North Esk Parish, Northumberland County
All waters of Little Bartibog River, Northumberland County, from 25
metres downstream to 25 metres upstream of the Russellville bridge
Closed
Closed prior to Live
Release Crown Reserve
period
(June 1 – September 15)
Year round
Year round
Year round
Water
Lower North
Branch Little
Southwest
Miramichi
Main Southwest
Miramichi River
Stretch
Lower North Branch Little Southwest Miramichi from and including
Rocky Rapids Pool upstream to its source, including all tributaries
Closed
Closed outside Live
Release Crown Reserve
period
(June 1 – September 15)
Closed after June 30
Main Southwest Miramichi River from a point 300 metres upstream
from the Quarryville bridge, to a point 300 metres downstream from
said bridge, including Indiantown Brook from its junction upstream to
Route 108
Closed after June 30
Main Southwest The north side of the Main Southwest Miramichi River to a point 100
Miramichi River metres off shore, from a point 100 metres upstream to a point 100
metres downstream of the mouth of Wilson Brook, and the waters of
Wilson Brook upstream 100 metres from its junction with the Main
Southwest Miramichi River, an area known locally as the Bear Den
North Branch
North Branch Main Southwest Miramichi River upstream from the Bridge Closed after
Main Southwest Pool to its source, not including tributaries
June 30
Miramichi
North Pole
North Pole Stream from the junction of Lizard Brook upstream to its
Year round
Stream
sources in Northumberland County, not including tributaries
North Pole
North Pole Stream from its junction with the Little Southwest Miramichi Closed outside Live
Stream
River upstream to the junction with Lizard Brook, not including
Release Crown Reserve
tributaries
period
(July 1 – September 15)
Northwest
Headwaters of the Northwest Miramichi River from a point 200 meters Year round
Miramichi River upstream of its junction with the South Branch Northwest Miramichi
River, including all tributaries
Closed after June 30
Northwest
Waters of Northwest Miramichi River 100 metres upstream to 100
Miramichi River metres downstream from the mouth of Sutherland Brook and
Sutherland Brook from its junction with the Northwest Miramichi River
upstream to the Route 420 bridge
Northwest
Within 100 metres of the Route 430 bridge(locally known as Miner’s
Year round
Miramichi River Bridge)
Stewart Brook- From its junction with the Northwest Miramichi River upstream to a
Year round
Northwest
point 90 metres above the Miramichi Salmonid Enhancement Centre
Miramichi River water supply dam
In-season pool closures in the Miramichi River system
There is an overall concern for the status of Atlantic salmon under stressful conditions associated with exceptional climatic
events. To reduce the impact of fishing on Atlantic salmon, a protocol to close certain salmon holding pools in the Miramichi
River during stressful warm water conditions has been developed using science-based advice.
For more information on these conservation measures, please refer to DFO Gulf Region’s Recreational Fisheries webpage:
www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries
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Restricted Gear Waters
1. All angling for all species in the following waters is restricted to:
a) a single barbless hook or;
e) a baited or unbaited non-offset barbless circle hook or;
b) an unbaited lure with a single barbless hook or;
f) a baited or unbaited lure with a non-offset barbless
c) an unbaited spinner with a single barbless hook or;
circle hook or:
d) an artificial fly with single barbless hook or;
g) a baited or unbaited spinner with a non-offset barbless
circle hook
Water
Stretch
Main Southwest Miramichi River Confluence with Northwest Miramichi River upstream to Doyle’s Brook
Miramichi River
Centennial Bridge upstream to the confluence of the Main Southwest
Miramichi River and Northwest Miramichi River
Northwest Miramichi River
From the junction with the Main Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to Red Bank / Sunny Corner highway bridge
Date
Year round
Year round
Year round
2. During the period from April 15 to May 15, barbless flies must now be used for angling all species (including
Atlantic Salmon and brook trout) in the Fly Fishing Only sections on the following rivers (see pages 21 – 22).
Tributaries are not included, unless otherwise noted.
Main Southwest Miramichi
Dungarvon
Bartholomew
Little Southwest
Renous
South Branch Southwest Miramichi
Cains
Big Sevogle
Tabusintac
North Branch Southwest Miramichi (including tributaries)
3. Bartibog River: During the period from April 15 to April 30, barbless flies must now be used for angling all species
(including Atlantic salmon and brook trout) in the Fly-Fishing Only section (see page 21).
4. Northwest Miramichi River: During the period from April 15 to October 15, barbless flies must now be used for
angling all species (including Atlantic salmon and brook trout) in the Fly-Fishing Only sections (see pages 21-22).
ATLANTIC SALMON
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Atlantic Salmon
At the time this book was printed, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) could not confirm changes to Atlantic salmon angling
for 2015 (quota reductions and barbless fly requirement). Please consult DFO’s website www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/
Recreational-Fisheries or the online version of this book at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources for updates.
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – October 29
Season bag limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Daily bag limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Maximum size limit, grilse retention only. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 63 cm (FL)
Daily live release limit (May 16 – October 15). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Spring salmon (kelt) angling
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – May 15
Daily live release limit (unless the daily bag limit is reached). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Fly fishing only with barbless hooks.
Atlantic Salmon Seasons – Miramichi Drainage
Includes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
Water
Bartholomew River
Bartibog River
Bay du Vin River
Big Sevogle River – downstream from and including
Square Forks to its confluence with the Northwest
Miramichi River
Black River
Burnt Church River
Cains River
Clearwater Brook
Dungarvon River – downstream from the Furlong
Bridge
Dungarvon River – upstream from the Furlong
Bridge
Little Southwest Miramichi River and its tributaries
upstream of Cleland’s Pool
Little Southwest Miramichi River – downstream
from and including Cleland’s Pool to its confluence
with the Northwest Miramichi River
Main Southwest Miramichi River – junction of Burnt
Land Brook downstream to its mouth
Main Southwest Miramichi River – junction of Burnt
Land Brook upstream to forks at Juniper
Main Southwest Miramichi River – tributaries
downstream of Cains River not described in this table
Main Southwest Miramichi River – tributaries
upstream of Cains River not described in this table
Spring kelt
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
April 15 – May 15
Bright Retention
May 16 – Oct. 15
May 16 – Oct. 29
May 16 – Oct. 15
April 15 – May 15 N/A
Live release only
N/A
N/A
N/A
April 15 – October 15
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 29
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15
N/A
N/A
N/A
Sept. 16 – 30 (Mouth
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 15
to Northeast Branch)
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15
N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 15 N/A
April 15 – May 15 N/A
April 15 – Sept. 15
April 15 – May 15 N/A
April 15 – Oct. 15
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15
N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 30 October 1 – 15
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15
N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 15 N/A
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Water
Napan River
North Branch Big Sevogle River – upstream of
Square Forks
North Branch Main Southwest Miramichi River
upstream to the Bridge Pool
Northwest Miramichi River – from and including
Little River downstream to the Red Bank bridge on
Route 425
Northwest Miramichi River – upstream of Little River
Renous River – downstream from forks of the North
and South Branches
Renous River – upstream from the forks of North and
South Branches
Rocky Brook
South Branch Big Sevogle River – upstream of
Square Forks
South Branch of the Northwest Miramichi River
South Branch Main Southwest Miramichi River from
the forks upstream to the footbridge behind the
Juniper Lumber mill, grid reference 36805650
Tabusintac River
Spring kelt
Bright Retention Live release only
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15 N/A
April 15 – May 15 N/A
April 15 – Sept. 15
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 15 N/A
April 15 – May 15 N/A
April 15 – Oct. 15
N/A
June 10 – Sept. 15
N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 15
N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 15 N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Aug. 31
N/A
April 15 – May 15 N/A
April 15 – Sept. 15
N/A
June 10 – Aug 31
N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Sept. 15 N/A
April 15 – May 15 May 16 – Oct. 29
N/A
Trout
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
May 1 – September 15
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
May 15 – September 15
Daily bag and possession limit
Total of arctic char, brook trout, brown trout or rainbow trout
5* of which only 2 may be greater than 30 cm (TL)
Minimum Size Limits (TL)
Brook trout
Arctic char, brown trout, rainbow trout
10 cm
15 cm
* No more than two brown trout
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits:
Little Southwest Miramichi River from Big Rock Pool upstream,
including East and West branches, not including lakes or tributaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live release only, beginning July 1
Lower North Branch, Little Southwest Miramichi,
including tributaries but excluding lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live release only, beginning May 1
Cains River above Route 123 bridge, including the North Branch,
upstream to the junction of Beaver Brook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live release only, beginning May 1
Bartholomew River. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live release only, beginning July 1
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Non-Sport Fish
Open Season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exceptions: • The season for smelt ends on May 31.
• The season for whitefish ends on September 15.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Burbot
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Eel
10
20 cm
N/A
Gaspereau
20
N/A
N/A
Shad
5
N/A
N/A
Smelt
60
N/A
N/A
Striped bass
Seasons and bag limits to be determined – for further details see DFO website:
www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries
White perch
25
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Whitefish
8
10 cm TL
70 cm TL
Yellow perch
100
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
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Southeast
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers, and streams draining into the Gulf of St.
Lawrence and Northumberland Strait south of Point Escuminac to the New Brunswick/
Nova Scotia border.
n PLEASE NOTE CLOSED SEASON
No open angling season exists for the following species: Atlantic salmon
Fly Fishing Only Waters
River
Beginning Fly Fishing Stretch
Bouctouche July 15
Bouctouche River, from the highway bridge at Coates Mills upstream to the St. Paul
Crossroads bridge
Trout
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
Daily bag and possession limit
Total of brook trout, brown trout or rainbow trout
Minimum size (TL)
Brook trout
Brown trout, Rainbow trout
April 15 – September 15
May 1 – September 15
5*
10 cm
15 cm
* No more than two brown trout
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Starting June 15 to September 15, the following waters are live release only:
• Northwest Branch, Cocagne River from the junction with the main stem of the Cocagne River upstream to its source,
including all tributaries.
• South Branch, St. Nicholas River from the lower most road bridge (grid reference 53505525) upstream to its source,
including all tributaries.
• Hudson Brook from the junction with the Richibucto River upstream to its source, including all tributaries.
• Trout Brook from the junction with the Kouchibouguacis River upstream to its source, including all tributaries.
• South Branch, Bouctouche River from the junction with the Bouctouche River upstream to its source, including all tributaries.
• Weisner Brook from the junction with the Shediac River upstream to its source, including all tributaries.
BROOK TROUT
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Non-Sport Fish
Open season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exceptions: • The season for smelt ends on May 31.
• The season for whitefish ends on September 15.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Burbot
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Eel
10
20 cm
N/A
Gaspereau
20
N/A
N/A
Shad
5
N/A
N/A
Smelt
60
N/A
N/A
Striped bass
Seasons and bag limits to be determined – for further details see DFO website:
www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries
White perch
25
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Whitefish
8
10 cm TL
70 cm TL
Yellow perch
100
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
CHAIN PICKEREL
BULLHEAD
BURBOT
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Inner Bay of Fundy
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers, and streams draining into the Bay of Fundy
eastward of the Saint John harbour bridge to the provincial border between
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
n PLEASE NOTE CLOSED SEASON
No open angling season exists for the following species: Atlantic salmon
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Big Salmon
Black
Beginning Stretch
June 15
Big Salmon River from Cranberry Brook upstream to Crow Brook
July 15
Black River, Saint John County, from a point 100 metres upstream from the public wharf
in the estuary upstream to Ritchie River
Upper Salmon July 15
Upper Salmon River (Alma) upstream from the abutment above the mill dam in Alma
Landlocked Salmon
Open season:
Rivers, brooks, streams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – September 30
Lakes, ponds, reservoirs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – September 30
Daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 cm (FL)
Maximum size limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 63 cm (FL)
Any landlocked salmon equal to or greater than 48 centimetres and less than 63 centimetres fork length requires an Atlantic
salmon tag if it is retained.
Exceptions to open season and/or bag limits
Daily bag limit: Loch Lomond Reservoir and Second Lake
Any combination of landlocked salmon or brown trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Smallmouth Bass
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – October 15
Daily bag and possession limit
May 1 – June 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
July 1 – September 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
September 16 – October 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 cm (TL)
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Trout
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
Daily bag and possession limit
Total of arctic char, brook trout, brown trout or rainbow trout
Minimum size (TL)
Brook Trout
Arctic char, brown trout, rainbow trout
April 15 – September 15
May 1 – September 15
5*
10 cm
15 cm
* No more than two brown trout
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Shepody River and its tributaries upstream from the flood gate at Harvey Bank,
except McFadden Lake, Fenton and Alcorn ponds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 15 – September 15
Bag Limit: Shepody River and its tributaries
Trout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 per day, only one of which can be greater than 30 cm (TL)
Bag limit: Loch Lomond Reservoir and Second Lake
Any combination of landlocked salmon or brown trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Minimum size limit: Loch Lomond Reservoir and Second Lake
Brown trout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 cm (TL)
Non-Sport Fish
Open Season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exceptions: • The season for smelt ends on May 31.
• The season for whitefish ends on September 15
• In tidal waters the season for striped bass is open year round.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Burbot
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Eel
10
20 cm
N/A
Gaspereau
20
N/A
N/A
Pickerel
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Shad
5
N/A
N/A
Smelt
60
N/A
N/A
Striped bass
1
68 cm TL
150 cm TL
White perch
25
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Whitefish
8
10 cm TL
70 cm TL
Yellow perch
100
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
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Sturgeon
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 1 – May 31, July 1 – December 31
Daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No limit
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 cm (TL)
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
WHITE PERCH
SUNFISH
YELLOW PERCH
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Lower Saint John
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers, and streams of the Saint John River drainage
and tributaries downstream from the Covered Bridge at Hartland to the Saint John
harbour bridge.
n PLEASE NOTE CLOSED SEASON
No open angling season exists for the following species: Atlantic salmon
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Beginning Stretch
Hammond
July 15
Hammond River from the covered bridge in French Village upstream to McGonagle Brook
Kennebecasis July 1
Kennebecasis River upstream from the bridge on the Bloomfield Station Road to the
bridge at Goshen
Keswick
July 1
Keswick River from the Route 105 bridge upstream to the CN Railway Bridge at Barton
Nashwaak
July 1
Nashwaak River upstream from the highway bridge at Penniac to the East Branch,
Nashwaak River
Waters Closed to Angling
Water
Stretch
Hammond River From CN Railway bridge in Nauwigewauk upstream to the covered bridge in
French Village
Nashwaak River Nashwaak River, from a point 150 metres downstream from Porters Brook
upstream to a point 30 metres above Porters Brook
Nashwaak River Nashwaak River, Big Basin Pool (grid reference 4962899)
Nashwaak River Nashwaak River, within 15 metres of the junction of (Youngs Brook /McKenzie
Brook) at the Route 107 bridge at Nashwaak Bridge
Palmer Brook
Palmer Brook, from the Hammond River upstream 200 metres
Saint John River Saint John River, from the highway bridge at Grafton to the railway bridge at
Upper Woodstock
Saint John River Saint John River, downstream from the Mactaquac Dam to a line drawn across
the river from the mouth of Springhill Brook (Hartt Island Campground) to the
western Fredericton city limit just past the junction of Clements Drive and Carlisle
Road on the north side of the river
Closed
Prior to May 1
After June 15
After June 15
After June 15
After June 30
After June 30
Year round
Landlocked Salmon
Open season:
Rivers, brooks and streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – September 30
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – September 30
Daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 cm (FL)
Maximum size limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 63 cm (FL)
Any landlocked salmon equal to or greater than 48 centimetres and less than 63 centimetres fork length requires an Atlantic
salmon tag if it is retained.
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Smallmouth Bass
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – October 15
Daily bag and possession limit
May 1 – June 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
July 1 – September 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
September 16 – October 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 cm (TL)
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits:
• The Meduxnekeag River and all tributaries (including the North Branch, Meduxnekeag River)
from the railway bridge (grid reference 064127, Woodstock Map 21 J/4) located
approximately one kilometer above the confluence with Marven Brook, upstream
to the international border with the State of Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closes to bass angling September 15
• Tidal portion of the Saint John River, including tidal portion of all tributaries,
from Crock’s Point downstream to the Saint John Harbour Bridge, excluding the closed section
from the Mactaquac Dam to a line drawn across the river from the mouth of Springhill Brook
(Hartt Island Campground) to the western Fredericton city limit just past the
junction of Clements Drive and Carlisle Road on the north side of the river. . . . . . . . Closes to bass angling November 30
Daily bag and possession limit, September 16 – November 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
• Saint John River (Mactaquac Headpond) from the dam upstream to
the highway bridge at Grafton excluding the Meduxnekeag River. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closes to bass angling November 30
Daily bag and possession limit, September 16 – November 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Trout
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
Daily bag and possession limit
Total of brook trout, brown trout, lake trout or rainbow trout
Minimum size (TL)
Brook trout
Lake trout
Brown trout, rainbow trout
April 15 – September 15
May 1 – September 15
5*
10 cm
45 cm
15 cm
* No more than two lake trout and/or two brown trout
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits:
Live release only waters: Kennebecasis River from the road bridge at McCully Station (grid reference 11737051) upstream
to the junction of Ketchums Brook, Albert County.
Artificial lures and flies only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – June 30
Fly fishing only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 1 – September 15
Palmer Brook from the Hammond River upstream to the Stock Farm Road
(excluding the closed section beginning July 1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – September 15
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Meduxnekeag River Retention Exceptions
Mouth to the junction of North and South Branches:
Brook trout bag limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-minimum length 25 cm (TL)
Brown trout bag Limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-minimum length 35 cm (TL)
North and South Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . live release only
Meduxnekeag River Gear Restrictions
From the old bridge abutments located 160 meters upstream of the bridge crossing
in Belleville to the junction of the North and South Branches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Artificial lures and flies only
North and South Branches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fly fishing only
Non-Sport Fish
Open Season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exceptions: • • • • The season for smelt ends on May 31.
The season for whitefish ends on September 15.
The season for striped bass ends on October 15 in inland waters.
The season for striped bass is open year-round in tidal waters.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Burbot
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Eel
10
20 cm
N/A
Gaspereau
20
N/A
N/A
Muskellunge
10
10 cm TL
170 cm TL
Pickerel
10
10 cm TL
100 cm TL
Shad
5
N/A
N/A
Smelt
60
N/A
N/A
Striped bass
1
68 cm TL
150 cm TL
White perch
25
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Whitefish
8
10 cm TL
70 cm TL
Yellow perch
100
10 cm TL
50 cm TL
Sturgeon
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 1 – May 31, July 1 – December 31
Daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No limit
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 cm (TL)
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
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Southwest
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers, and streams draining into the Bay of Fundy
westward from the Saint John harbour bridge to the international border between the
Province of New Brunswick and the State of Maine.
n PLEASE NOTE CLOSED SEASON
No open angling season exists for the following species: Atlantic salmon
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
St. Croix
Beginning Stretch
April 15
St. Croix River from the old Union Mills Bridge remnants upstream to the power house
dam at Milltown.
Waters Closed to Angling
Water
Stretch
Closed
St. Croix River From the N.B. Electric Power Corp. generating station (power dam) at Milltown, New Year round
Brunswick, upstream to the first train trestle crossing the St. Croix River between
Canada and the United States, a distance of approximately 500 metres
Landlocked Salmon
Open Season
Daily bag and possession limit
Minimum size limit (FL)
Maximum size limit (FL)
Non-boundary waters
Rivers: April 15 – September 30
Lakes: May 1 – September 30
2
35 cm
Less than 63 cm
Boundary waters between N.B. and Maine
April 15 – September 30
2
35 cm
Less than 63 cm
Any landlocked salmon equal to or greater than 48 centimetres and less than 63 centimetres fork length requires an Atlantic
salmon tag if it is retained.
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
Grand Manan Island, all waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – September 15
SMALLMOUTH BASS
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Smallmouth Bass
Open Season
Daily bag and possession limit
Minimum size limit (TL)
Non-boundary waters
Boundary waters between N.B. and Maine
May 1 – October 15
April 15 – September 30
May 1 – June 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 April 15 – June 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
July 1 – September 15 . . . . . . . . 2 July 1 – September 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
September 16 – October 15. . . . 0
30 cm
25 cm
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits
• St. Croix River, from Grand Falls, downstream to the Milltown Bridge. . . . . . . . . . . . Live release October 1 – October 31
Unbaited lures or flies only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 1 – October 31
• Diggity Stream, First Lake, Palfrey Lake and Spednic Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live release only
• Grand Manan Island open season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – October 15
Bag and possession limit April 15 – 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
• Grand Falls Flowage, daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Trout
Non-boundary waters
Open season
Rivers, brooks and streams
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
Daily bag and possession limit
Total of: brook trout, brown trout, lake
trout or rainbow trout
Minimum size limit (TL)
Brook trout
Lake trout
Brown trout, rainbow trout
Boundary waters between N.B. and Maine
April 15 – September 15 April 15 – September 30
May 1 – September 15 April 15 – September 30
5*
5*
10 cm
45 cm
15 cm
15 cm
45 cm
15 cm
* No more than 2 lake trout and/or 2 brown trout.
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits:
Grand Manan Island, all waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15 – September 15
East Musquash Reservoir – minimum size limit, brown trout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 cm (TL)
East Grand Lake – daily bag limit for lake trout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
LAKE TROUT
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Non-Sport Fish
Non-Boundary Waters
Open Season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exceptions:
• The season for smelt ends on May 31.
• The season for whitefish ends on September 15 in non-boundary waters.
• Skiff Lake, including tributaries: closed to smelt fishing.
• East Grand Lake, including tributaries: closed to dip netting for smelt.
• Lake Utopia, including tributaries: closed to smelt fishing.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Burbot
10
Eel
10
Gaspereau
20
Pickerel
10
Shad
5
Smelt
60
Striped bass
1
White perch
25
Whitefish
8
Yellow perch
100
Minimum Length
10 cm TL
20 cm
N/A
10 cm TL
N/A
N/A
68 cm TL
10 cm TL
10 cm TL
10 cm TL
Maximum Length
100 cm TL
N/A
N/A
100 cm TL
N/A
N/A
150 cm TL
50 cm TL
70 cm TL
50 cm TL
Sturgeon
Open season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 1 – May 31 and July 1 – December 31
Daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No limit
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 cm (TL)
Boundary Waters with Maine
Open Season:
The season for all non-sport fish ends on September 30 on boundary waters.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Smelt
200
White Perch
25
Whitefish
8
Minimum Length
N/A
10 cm (TL)
N/A
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
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Maximum Length
N/A
N/A
N/A
Upper Saint John
Recreational Fishery Area
Boundary description: All lakes, rivers, and streams of the Saint John River drainage,
upstream from the Covered Bridge at Hartland.
n PLEASE NOTE CLOSED SEASON
No open angling season exists for the following species: Atlantic salmon and Striped bass
Fly Fishing Only Waters
Excludes all tributaries unless otherwise noted
River
Beginning Stretch
Aroostook
July 1
Aroostook River from the railway bridge upstream to the Maine-N.B. border
Little Tobique
July 1
Little Tobique River (entire river) upstream to Nictau Lake
Mamozekel
July 1
Mamozekel River (entire river)
Right Hand
July 1
Right Hand Branch Tobique River [Campbell River] (entire river)
Branch Tobique
Saint John
July 1
Saint John River from the Hartland covered bridge upstream to a point 0.8 kilometres
downstream from the Beechwood dam, including the following tributaries:
• Stickney Brook from its junction with the Saint John River upstream to the highway
bridge on Route 105
Saint John
Salmon
July 1
July 1
Serpentine
July 1
• Whitemarsh Creek, from its junction with the Saint John River upstream to the
Route 130 bridge
Saint John River from the Brooks Bridge at Limestone to the dam at Grand Falls.
Salmon River, Victoria County, from the junction of the Saint John River upstream to
the junction with Sutherland Brook
Serpentine River from its junction with the Right Hand Branch, Tobique River
upstream to the mouth of Salmon Hole Brook
Waters Closed to Angling
Water
Stretch
Becaguimec
Becaguimec Stream, upstream to Route 105 bridge
Stream
Big Presque Isle
Big Presque Isle, upstream to Route 103 bridge
Little Tobique
Little Tobique, from its junction with the Tobique River upstream to the mouth of
Sisson Branch
Monquart Stream Monquart Stream, upstream to Route 105 bridge
Muniac Stream
Muniac Stream, from its confluence with the Saint John River upstream to a
line drawn across the river: 46°37’16.15”N 67°41’58.22”W to 46°37’15.22”N
67°41’56.50”W
Right Hand Branch Right Hand Branch Tobique River from Mamozekel River upstream to the mouth
Tobique River
of Tom Pole Brook
Saint John River
Saint John River, from Beechwood Dam downstream 0.8 kilometres
Saint John River
Saint John River, from 50 metres downstream of the Upper Guisiguit Brook to 50
metres upstream of the Upper Guisiguit Brook
Closed
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
After May 31
Year round
After June 30
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Water
Saint John River
Saint John River
Saint John River
Saint John River
Saint John River
Shikatehawk
Stream
Tobique River
Tobique River
Tributaries to
Nictau Lake
Stretch
Saint John River, from a straight line drawn across the river 800 meters below the
mouth of Monquart Stream to a line drawn straight across the river 50 meters
above the mouth of Monquart Stream (Community of Bath: N 46° 30. 811 , W
067° 36.101).
Saint John River, from a straight line drawn across the river 500 meters below the
mouth of Shikatehawk Stream to a line drawn straight across the river 50 meters
above the mouth of Shikatehawk Stream (Community of Bristol: N 46° 28. 823 ,
W 067° 34).
Saint John River, from a straight line drawn across the river 500 meters below
the mouth of Big Presque Isle Stream to a line drawn straight across the river
50 meters above the mouth of Big Presque Isle Stream (N 46° 23. 961 , W 067°
36.405).
Saint John River, from a straight line across the river 100m downstream of the
mouth of Muniac Stream to a straight line drawn across the river 100m upstream
of the mouth of Muniac Stream (Muniac Stream: 46° 37’14.03”N 67° 42’12.10”W)
Saint John River, from the Covered Bridge at Hartland to a line drawn straight
across the river 50 meters above the mouth of Becaguimac Stream (Community of
Hartland N 46° 18.139 , W 067° 31. 753)
Shikatehawk Stream, upstream to Route 105 bridge
Closed
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
After June 30
Tobique River, from a line drawn across the river 200 m downstream of Trout
After June 30
Brook to a line drawn across the Right Hand Branch of the Tobique River at the
confluence of the Mamozekel River.
After June 30
Tobique River, from a line drawn across the river 1.5 km downstream of the
Tobique River Power Dam to a line drawn across the river 0.5 km upstream of the
Tobique River Power Dam. (N 46° 46.08 , W 67° 42.26 to N 46° 46.03 , W 67° 41.99
upstream to N 46° 47.09 , W 67° 41.55 to N 46° 47.06 , W 67° 41.43)
All brooks flowing into Nictau Lake
Year round
Boundary Waters with Quebec
Anglers fishing Quebec portions of boundary waters require a Quebec licence and need to follow Quebec’s regulations.
Landlocked Salmon
Open season
Daily bag and possession limit
Minimum size limit (FL)
Maximum size limit (FL)
Non-boundary waters
May 15 – September 30
2
35 cm
Less than 63 cm
Boundary waters between N.B. and Maine
April 15 – September 30
2
35 cm
Less than 63 cm
Any landlocked salmon equal to or greater than 48 centimetres and less than 63 centimetres fork length requires an Atlantic
salmon tag if it is retained.
Exceptions to open season and/or size and bag limits:
Nictau Lake: Bag limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Baker Lake: Open season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 15 – September 15
Green River, Madawaska County:
Minimum size limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 cm (FL)
Maximum size limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 63 cm (FL)
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Smallmouth Bass
Open season
Daily bag and possession
limit
Minimum size limit (TL)
Non-boundary waters
May 15 – October 15
May 15 – June 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
July 1 – September 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
September 16 – October 15 . . . . . . . . 0
30 cm
Boundary waters between N.B. and Maine
April 15 – September 30
April 15 – June 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
July 1 – September 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
25 cm
Exceptions to open season:
Tobique Headpond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – October 15
Beechwood Headpond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – October 15
Trout
Open Season
Non-boundary waters
Boundary waters between N.B. and Maine
Rivers, brooks and streams
May 1 – September 15
April 15 – September 30
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs
May 15 – September 15
April 15 – September 30
Daily Bag and Possession Limit Rivers, brooks, Lakes, ponds
and streams
and reservoirs
Total of: brook trout, brown
10*
trout, lake trout or rainbow trout
5*
5*
Minimum size limit (TL)
Brook trout
10 cm
10 cm
15 cm
Lake trout
45 cm
45 cm
45 cm
Brown trout, rainbow trout
15 cm
15 cm
15 cm
* No more than 2 lake trout and/or 2 brown trout.
Exceptions to open season or size and bag limits
All Rivers and Streams (not lakes) upstream from the falls at Grand Falls,
excluding Boundary Waters: Open Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1 – September 30
First Green Lake; Unique Lake: Open Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 15 – August 31
Roulston Lake: Open Season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 15 – August 31
Brook trout daily bag and possession limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Nictau Lake, Restigouche County: Brook trout minimum length limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 cm (TL)
Brook trout daily bag limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
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Non-Sport Fish
Non-Boundary Waters
Open Season:
In non-tidal waters, these species may be angled only if a sport fish season is also open on the waters being fished
(unless an exception is noted below). Please check the sport fish seasons in this RFA to determine if a season is open.
Exception:• The season for whitefish ends on September 15 in non-boundary waters.
• The season for smelt ends on May 31
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Burbot
10
Eel
10
Gaspereau
20
Muskellunge
10
Pickerel
10
Shad
5
Smelt
60
White perch
25
Whitefish
8
Yellow perch
100
Minimum Length
10 cm TL
20 cm
N/A
10 cm TL
10 cm TL
N/A
N/A
10 cm TL
10 cm TL
10 cm TL
Maximum Length
100 cm TL
N/A
N/A
170 cm TL
100 cm TL
N/A
N/A
50 cm TL
70 cm TL
50 cm TL
Boundary Waters with Maine
Open Season:
The season for all non-sport fish ends on September 30 on boundary waters.
Daily bag and possession, length limits
Species
Daily Quota
Smelt
200
White Perch
25
Whitefish
8
Minimum Length
N/A
10 cm (TL)
N/A
No bag or length restrictions exist for any other non-sport fish found in this RFA.
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Maximum Length
N/A
N/A
N/A
Additional Information
Questions about regulations?
Contact the Department of Natural Resources at 506-453-3826 or your nearest district office:
Bathurst506-547-2080
Campbellton506-789-2336
Canterbury506-279-6005
Chipman506-339-7019
Dieppe506-856-2344
Doaktown506-365-2001
Edmundston506-735-2040
Florenceville506-392-5105
Fredericton506-453-2345
Hampton506-832-6055
Miramichi506-627-4050
Plaster Rock
506-356-6030
Richibucto506-523-7600
St. George
506-755-4040
Saint-Quentin506-235-6040
Sussex506-432-2008
Tracadie-Sheila506-394-3636
Welsford506-486-6000
Marine Species and Shellfish
Questions?
Angling for marine species and recreational harvesting of shellfish are regulated by the federal Department of Fisheries and
Oceans. For information on seasons, zones, bag limits, closures and other regulations, contact DFO at:
• Maritimes Region (RFAs 5, 6, 7, 8) Chief, Regulations: 902-426-2473
• Gulf Region (RFAs 1, 2, 3, 4) Regulations office: 506-851-7797 or 506-851-7798
Mercury Contamination of Freshwater Fish
Eating fish caught in New Brunswick’s lakes or rivers could increase the level of mercury in your body. The following guidelines
apply to the consumption of brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, perch, fresh water cusk (burbot),
pickerel, striped bass and catfish, but exclude Atlantic salmon:
1. Women of child-bearing age and children under eight years of age should limit consumption of brook trout measuring
less than 29 centimetres (12 inches) to one meal per month. Avoid consumption of all other species, including brook
trout measuring 29 centimetres or more. Pregnant women should avoid consumption of all freshwater fish noted in
this advisory.
2. For children eight years of age and older, male adults and women past childbearing age, there is no restriction on
consuming brook trout under 29 centimetres. Consumption of brook trout measuring 29 centimetres and more should
be limited to one meal per week. Consumption of all other New Brunswick freshwater fish listed above should be
limited to one meal every two weeks.
An occasional meal which exceeds the guidelines should have no adverse health effects. This advisory applies only to wild
fish caught in the province’s lakes and rivers. Fish from commercial trout ponds and aquaculture operations are considered
safe to eat.
For information on freshwater species: Public Health Services – New Brunswick Department of Health, 506-453-2323
For information on commercial fish: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (New Brunswick), 506-452-4963
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Angling Ethics and Courtesy
Ethical anglers are those who appreciate New Brunswick’s natural culture and its history. They protect our natural resources.
They fish in a responsible manner. They respect the rights of others and they handle their catch in a humane manner.
Respect our fish as a valuable resource:
• Do not kill fish that you do not intend to use
• Learn proper handling techniques to ensure released fish survive
• If you have decided to keep a fish, kill it quickly.
• Treat fish in a humane manner, whether they are retained, released or used as bait.
• Ensure quality angling for future generations. Limit your catch, rather than catching your limit.
Respect the environment and our aquatic habitat:
• Do not litter. If you brought it in, take it out. Leave the area cleaner than you found it.
Respect other users and their property:
• Fishing should be an enjoyable experience for all. Don’t spoil it for others.
• Cooperate with all resource users, including other anglers, swimmers and boaters.
• Respect private property and private water.
Salmon Angling Courtesy
• Start upstream of others: Begin fishing upstream of anglers that are already fishing a pool or run.
• Don’t crowd other anglers: Leave some space between you and the angler downstream so you don’t affect their ability
to cast and fish through the pool.
• Fish through the pool: Anglers should move downstream at a reasonable pace while fishing a pool or run to allow
upstream or waiting anglers an opportunity to fish the water (applies for shore and boat anglers alike).
• Slow your boat: Reduce the wake from your boat by slowing down and taking a wide berth when passing anglers
fishing from shore or in another boat.
• Don’t anchor too close to wading anglers: Allow anglers that are fishing a pool from shore enough casting distance
when arriving to fish a pool from a boat.
• Always yield to an angler who has a fish on the line: The angler below and above should reel in line and be prepared
to give the angler fighting the fish room to play and land his/her catch.
• Give others a chance after you have landed a fish: An angler who lands a salmon or grilse should rotate to the
beginning if they wish to continue fishing a pool or run. An angler who loses a fish may return to his/her place in line.
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Set young salmon free
It’s the law!
If you catch a salmon parr or smolt, gently remove the hook and release it back in the water. Study these pictures and note
the differences between young Atlantic salmon and brook trout:
Salmon Parr
• Black spots on back and sides
• Forked tail
• No markings on fins or tail
Salmon Smolt
• Silvery fish
• Only a shadow of vertical side bars
• Black spots on upper sides and cheeks
• Dark forked tail
Brook Trout
• Light coloured spots on its sides
• Red spots with light coloured edge
• Marbled pattern (dark irregular lines) on
upper body and back
• Dorsal fin has dark bars and patches
• Lower fins have a white edge
• Tail is square or very slightly concave
DFO Atlantic Salmon and Striped Bass Tagging Programs
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) with many partners regularly tag fish in experiments to determine fish behaviour, movements,
growth and fishing catch rates. The recovery of tagged fish and the success of these tagging campaigns rely on the
collaboration of recreational anglers and the fishing industry.
Atlantic Salmon
If you catch an Atlantic salmon with a DFO tag, please remove the tag and send it, along with the date and location of
capture, to the address on the back of the tag: Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, PO 5030, Moncton
NB E1C 9B6. You can also send the information and a photo of the tag by email to [email protected] Be sure
to include your name, address and phone number/email for contact purposes and to receive information on your
fish. Anglers who return tags will have their names entered in the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization
(NASCO) tag return incentive draw. Each year, a Grand Prize of US$2,500 is awarded as well as a US$1,500 prize for
the North American area.
Striped Bass
If you catch a Striped Bass with a DFO tag, please remove the tag and send it, along with the date and location of
capture, to the address on the back of the tag: Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, PO 5030, Moncton
NB E1C 9B6. You can also send the information and a photo of the tag by email to [email protected] Be sure
to include your name, address and phone number/email for contact purposes.
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The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation
CONSERVATION HIGHLIGHTS
New Brunswick
The ASCF is a non-profit organization
established through a one-time grant of
$30 million from the Government of
Canada. Income generated by this trust
fund supports projects and activities
contributing to conservation of wild
Atlantic salmon and salmon habitat.
Funds raised in partnership with Alcool
NB Liquor (ANBL) through the Protect our
Rivers program also provide significant
support for New Brunswick projects.
The Foundation helps achieve healthy and
sustainable wild Atlantic salmon stocks in
Atlantic Canada and Quebec through
active working partnerships among
volunteer conservation groups, Aboriginal
organizations, governments, and others.
Visit our website:
www.salmonconservation.ca
Photo: Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance.
New Brunswick projects funded by the ASCF and ANBL in 2014 were led by:
Association of Grande and Petite Rivière
Tracadie Watersheds:
Atlantic Salmon Federation:
Groupe des Bassins Versants de la
Baie des Chaleurs:
Restigouche River Watershed
Management Council:
Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc:
Eel River Bar First Nation:
Fort Folly First Nation:
Friends of the Kouchibouguacis:
$11,300
$15,000
$17,500
$30,500
$5,000
$15,000
$20,000
$15,000
Kennebecasis Watershed
Restoration Committee:
$12,500
Meduxnekeag River Association Inc:
$10,000
Miramichi River Environmental
Assessment Committee:
$15,000
Miramichi Salmon Association Inc:
$10,000
Nepisiguit Salmon Association:
$12,000
Partnership for the Integrated Management
of Caraquet Bay Watershed:
$10,000
Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance:
$20,000
Southeastern Anglers Association:
$7,500
ASCF • Conservation Highlights • New Brunswick
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New Brunswick Salmon Council Inc. (a regional council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation) and its
local affiliates encourage everyone to practise conservation in all your 2015 angling activities. Here are
a few suggestions on how you can individually contribute to the health and vitality of New Brunswick’s
prized wild Atlantic salmon stocks:
• Carefully read and be aware of all regulations that apply to the waters you will be angling.
• Remember to pinch your barbs— the hook is much easier to remove, causing less injury to the
fish and allowing quicker live release.
• Land your fish swiftly. (A good rule of thumb is 1-minute per pound for Atlantic salmon.)
• Gently handle your catch. If necessary, for a short time period before releasing it, keep the fish in
the water facing upstream so that a flow of water passes over its gills.
• Report signs of poaching activities (1-800-222-TIPS) or environmental concerns such as pollution including bank erosion,
unnaturally silty water and sedimentation in streams or excessive stream bank vegetation removal. For environmental concerns
call 506-453-2690 or 1-800-565-1633 (after hours or emergencies)
• Finally, to help NB rivers meet conservation targets, and to help with international negotiations aimed at conserving and increasing
the stocks returning to our rivers, we encourage the live release of all salmon and grilse.
Get involved… Be part of the solution!
Join one of our many affiliates shown below or start your own group on “your” river. We can help!
www.nbsalmoncouncil.com
NBSC Executive
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Past President
Affiliate Organizations
Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine
Big Salmon River Angling Association
Canaan River Fish & Game Association
Club de chasse et pêche de Saint-Leonard
Club loisir de la rivière Caraquet Inc
Dieppe Fly-Tying Club
Fort Folly Habitat Recovery
Fredericton Fish and Game Association
Hammond River Angling Association
Maliseet Nation Conservation Council
Management of Salmon on the Restigouche
and Tributaries (MSRT/GSRT)
Meduxnekeag River Association
Miramichi Headwaters Salmon Federation
Miramichi Salmon Association
Moncton Fish and Game Association
Nashwaak Watershed Association
NB Professional Guides and Outfitters Association
Nepisiguit Salmon Association
New Brunswick Wildlife Federation
Northumberland Salmon Protection Assoc
Oromocto Watershed Association
Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club
Restigouche River Watershed Management Council
Sackville Rod and Gun Club
Salmon River Association
Southeastern Anglers Association
St. John River Basin Salmon Recovery Inc.
Sussex Fish and Game Association
Tobique Salmon Protective Association
Contact
Debbie Norton
Peter Cronin
James Marriner
Paul Elson
John Bagnall
Telephone
506-622-8834
506-444-9012
506-387-7733
506-634-1679
506-457-1042
Email
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
James Barresi
Paul P. Elson
Reace Black
Ed Sherrard
Yvon Cormier
Jacques Heroux
Tim Robinson
Dave Sawler
Sean Doyle
Patricia Saulis
207-768-0699
506-634-1679
506-534-2565
506-382-7430
506-764-3067
506-855-7298
506-379-3401
506-260-0488
506-832-1230
506-472-8803
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] or [email protected]
[email protected]
Donald Sullivan
506-284-4554 [email protected]
Stephen Wilson
Judy Lutes
Mark Hambrook
Ron Cybulski
Bill Gammon
Dale Clark
Robert Legere
Charlie Leblanc
Debbie Norton
Robin Hanson
Gerald Tingley
David LeBlanc
Sean Gormley
Jason Soucy
Don Alexander
John Bagnall
Don Moffett
Robert O’Donnell
506-325-1100
506-246-1805
506-622-4000
506-854-9804
506-459-8560
506-276-3274
506-548-8067
506-386-3144
506-622-8834
506-357-8888
506-756-8253
506-759-7300
506-871-0081
506-475-1092
506-576-8247
506-457-1042
506-433-2147
506-356-7251
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] or [email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
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IF ATLANTIC SALMON ARE TO BE SAVED,
THE TIME IS NOW
• In New Brunswick, not a
single assessed salmon river
met minimum conservation
limits this past year.
• 2014 returns to North America
were among the lowest on
record.
• Anglers need to play their own
important role in saving
salmon.
Practice Live Release
VIDEO:
Brush up your live release
skills by watching ASF’s
video of techniques
on the website asf.ca
WATCH FOR ASF’S LIVE RELEASE PHOTO CONTEST IN 2015
Photos above were first prize (left), and 1st runner-up (right) in ASF’s
Autumn 2014 contest.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WILD ATLANTIC
SALMON
The quarterly Atlantic Salmon Journal
is a great way to do this.
Check out the issues at
www.asf.ca
ATLANTIC SALMON FEDERATION
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New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund
List of projects approved in 2014
Restigouche River Watershed Management Council Inc.
Atlantic Salmon Survey 2014 – Restigouche River
System ...............................................................$10,000.
Partenariat pour la gestion intégrée du bassin versant de la
baie de Caraquet
Serbys Brook Ecological Restoration........................$5,000.
Comité de Gestion Environnementale de la Rivière
Pokemouche
Fish Habitat Restoration of Fidèle’s Brook ................$7,000.
Association des Bassins Versants de la Grande et Petite
Rivière Tracadie
Ecological Improvement of the Fish Habitat in the Thomas
Brook – Phase I ....................................................$9,000.
Comité Sauvons Nos Rivières Neguac Inc.
Salmonid Habitat Restoration in the Burnt Church North River
(Phase II)...........................................................$10,000.
Miramichi Watershed Management Committee Inc.
Miramichi Salmon and Trout Restoration – Stocking
2014 .................................................................$14,000.
Miramichi Watershed Management Committee
Miramichi Lake Smallmouth Bass Containment and
Eradication 2014 ................................................$12,000.
Miramichi Salmon Association Inc.
Juvenile Salmon Assessment on the Miramichi River
2014 .................................................................$14,000.
Miramichi Salmon Association Inc.
Create Cold-Water Refuge Pool at Doak Brook..........$4,000.
Miramichi Salmon Association Inc.
Smolt Assessments on the Miramichi Watershed
2014 ...................................................................$9,500.
Northumberland Salmon Protection Association
Atlantic Salmon Smolt Production from the Miramichi River –
Sevogle River Rotary Screw Trap .............................$9,000.
White Rapid Brook & Other Stream Enhancement Association
Stream Preservation.............................................$12,000.
Southeastern Anglers Association
Connect and Improve Fish Habitat Restored Sites that were
Established in the Mill Creek and Black River 15 Years
Ago......................................................................$7,000.
Southeastern Anglers Association
Increasing Knowledge on Striped Bass Population in the
Bouctouche and Cocagne Rivers ............................$7,500.
Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Salmonid Enhancement and Public Engagement
Program ...............................................................$8,500.
Vision H20 (Groupe du bassin versant de la région de
Cap-Pelé)
Assessment of the Quality of Habitats and Aquatic Species of
the Kouchibouguac River .......................................$9,000.
ACAP Saint John
Marsh Creek Fish Passage 2014 ............................$7,000.
Oromocto Watershed Association Inc.
Oromocto Watershed Electrofishing Assessment .......$6,000.
Fort Folly First Nation
Preserving Endangered Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon
on the Big Salmon River ......................................$18,000.
Hammond River Angling Association
Hammond River Atlantic Salmon Smolt
Assessment ..........................................................$7,000.
NB Wildlife
Trust Fund
PO Box 30030
Fredericton, NB
Canada E3B 0H8
Hammond River Angling Association
Salmon Population Assessment ..............................$5,000.
Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee
Improving Habitat Connectivity on Ward’s Creek .....$20,000.
Canaan River Fish & Game Association
Canaan River Fish & Game Association Electrofishing
Study ...................................................................$4,000.
Huntsman Marine Science Centre
Rockweed Habitat Utilization by Juvenile Lobsters in Charlotte
County, NB and their Vulnerability to Rockweed
Harvesting ............................................................$4,000.
Atlantic Salmon Federation
Outer Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon Monitoring
Program ...............................................................$2,000.
Atlantic Salmon Federation
Assessing Critical Gaspereau Restoration to the St. Croix
Watershed ............................................................$9,000.
Miramichi Headwaters Salmon Federation Inc.
Satellite Rearing Facility Operation & Renovation
Upgrade .............................................................$15,000.
Société d’aménagement de la rivière Madawaska et du lac
Témiscouata
Prevention and Monitoring of Invasive Species in the
Madawaska Region ...............................................$8,500.
Société d’aménagement de la rivière Madawaska et du lac
Témiscouata
Improving Brook Trout Habitat in the Madawaska River
Watershed ............................................................$7,000.
Comité Sauvons nos Rivières Neguac Inc.
Ecological Restoration of Salmonid Habitat of Indian Brook
(Phase II).............................................................$5,000.
The Southeastern Anglers Association Inc.
Connect and Improve Fish Habitat Restored Sites that were
Established in Murray Brook and the Northwest Branch of the
Cocagne River more than 14 Years ago...................$7,000.
Dr. Alyre Chiasson, Université de Moncton
Hayward and Holmes Brook 20 Years later, a Mid-term
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Riparian Zones in Protecting
Fish and Water Quality...........................................$5,000.
Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee
Living Fences: Riparian Habitat and Protection .........$7,500.
Canaan River Fish & Game Association
Canaan River Watershed Electrofishing Study and Salmonid
Habitat Assessment ...............................................$5,000.
Oromocto Watershed Association Inc.
Oromocto River Watershed Electrofhising Study and Salmonid
Habitat Assessment ...............................................$3,500.
Oromocto Watershed Association
Restoration of Atlantic Salmon Habitat in Pete Brook,
NB .......................................................................$7,500.
Allen Curry, NB Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit,
CRI, UNB
Distribution and Abundance of the Redbreast Sunfish,
(Lepomis auritus), in NB .....................................$4,000.
Tobique Salmon Protective Association Inc.
Tobique and Saint John River Wild Salmon Stabilization and
Recovery ..............................................................$6,000.
TOTAL FOR THE FISHERIES
RELATED PROJECTS:..........................................$310,500
Tel: 506.453.6655
Fax: 506.462.5054
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: www.nbwtf.ca
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CROWN R ESE RVE WATE R S
General Information
• The following persons may apply for or obtain a Crown Reserve angling licence:
–– persons who reside in the province year round, and
–– current members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Canadian Forces who were born in New Brunswick but
who are stationed outside of the province.
• Crown Reserve anglers require a DNR Outdoors Card number (or previously issued DNR client number) to apply for or
book Crown Reserve angling opportunities. If you do not already have your DNR Outdoors Card number or a DNR client
number, you can obtain one by registering online at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources, a participating vendor, or SNB centre.
• There are three types of Crown Reserve Waters: Regular, Daily and Live Release.
• Crown Reserve Waters are not open to fishing before or after the Crown Reserve season dates. (See Restigouche RFA
for exceptions.)
• Crown Reserve Licences do not guarantee exclusive stretch use.
• Fishing is live release only for all species on Regular Crown Reserve Waters from September 1 – 15.
• On Crown Reserve waters a “fishing day” is the 24-hour period extending from 2:00 p.m. on the first day until 2:00 p.m.
on the second day. (Exception: Patapedia and Lower Patapedia stretches are based on a full calendar day. See pages
54-55 for details.)
• Licence fees are per angler per day, taxes included.
• All Crown Reserve Waters are fly fishing only. Barbless flies are required on Live Release Crown Reserves. Trolling with
artificial flies is permitted on all Crown Reserves.
Youth on Crown Reserve Waters
Youth under the age of 16 may participate in Crown Reserve angling without being required to hold a licence or be a
Crown Reserve party member.
If a youth is angling on Crown Reserve Waters and is not a party member:
• He/she must be accompanied* by a licensed Crown Reserve angler.
• The licensed Crown Reserve angler and the youth may not angle at the same time.
• The young person’s catch must be included in the bag limit or live release limit of the licensed Crown Reserve angler.
• The adult licensed Crown Reserve Angler is legally responsible to ensure that the youth complies with all regulations.
If a youth under the age of 16 is a party member:
• The youth must possess the appropriate Crown Reserve Licence for the stretch being angled.
• On Atlantic Salmon Crown Reserve stretches:
–– For a Regular or Daily Crown Reserve stretch, if he/she is 10-15 years of age and possesses a Class 8 or 17 Salmon
Angling licence, they may angle alone and they have their own bag limit and/or live release limit or;
–– For a Live Release Crown Reserve stretch, if he/she is 10-15 years of age and possesses a Class 8 or 17 Salmon Angling
licence, they may angle alone and they have their own live release limit or;
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–– If he/she does not possess the appropriate Salmon Angling licence required on the stretch being angled, they
must be accompanied* by a licensed Crown Reserve angler and their catch must be included with that other party
member’s bag limit and/or live release limit. This also includes all youth under the age of 10 who are not eligible to
purchase a Salmon Angling Licence.
• On Brook Trout Crown Reserve Stretches:
–– Youth under 16 years of age do not require a Class 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, or 17 angling licence, but do require a Crown
Reserve Licence.
* “Accompanied” is defined as within visual and / or auditory contact of each other without the aid of artificial devices except
medically-prescribed eyeglasses or hearing aids.
Regular Crown Reserve
Twenty of these special salmon angling waters are located in the Miramichi and Restigouche river systems (see pages 54-55).
Fishing rights are awarded annually by computer draw. The season extends from June 10-September 15. These waters are
closed before and after the Regular Crown Reserve season with the exception of three Restigouche River stretches (Red
Bank, Three Sisters, and Devil’s Half Acre) which are open from April 15 -June 1 for all angling. All stretches except Patapedia
are valid for a 48-hour period, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the first day and ending at 2:00 p.m. on the third day. Patapedia
stretch is valid for three consecutive calendar days.
Application and Payment Procedures
Applicants may apply online at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources, at the Fish and Wildlife Branch in Fredericton, or at any
DNR District office. An application fee of $7.91 per angler must be paid at the time of the application.
• Applicants are restricted to one application to the Regular Crown Reserve draw per year.
• Once the draw is held, the successful applicants will be notified in writing or by e-mail of the payment deadline.
• Payment must be made online at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources or at the Fish and Wildlife Branch in Fredericton.
No payments will be accepted at DNR District offices or after the deadline. Total cost per angler is $51.98 per day for
angling dates from June 10 to August 31 and $35.03 per day per angler for angling dates from September 1 to 15.
• In addition to a Regular Crown Reserve Angling Licence, each angler must have a Class 7, 8, 16 or 17 Salmon Angling Licence.
For exception, see "Youth on Crown Reserve", pages 50-51.
• Further information, including bag limits, will be provided in successful applicants’ licence packages.
Unclaimed stretches
• Angling opportunities that are unclaimed during the Regular Crown Reserve draw will be reoffered to anglers on a
first-come first-served booking basis.
• Unclaimed stretch listings are available online at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources or by contacting any DNR District office.
• Crown Reserve anglers are encouraged to book stretches unclaimed in the Regular Crown Reserve draw online at www.
gnb.ca/naturalresources. Persons without Internet access will be able to book unclaimed stretches by contacting one
of the following designated DNR District offices:
1) Miramichi River stretches – DNR Miramichi 506-627-4050
2) Restigouche River stretches – DNR Campbellton 506-789-2336
3) Dates for the North Branch Kedgwick stretch – DNR Saint-Quentin 506-235-6040
• There is no fee to book unclaimed Regular Crown Reserve stretches.
• Booking periods for unclaimed Regular Crown Reserve stretch dates include:
1) Unsuccessful applicant booking period:
–– Begins the second Monday of May and lasts two consecutive weeks. In 2015, bookings by unsuccessful draw
applicants will be accepted online and at designated DNR offices beginning 8:30 am, Monday, May 11.
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–– Only anglers who were unsuccessful in the Regular Crown Reserve draw may book a stretch date during this period.
–– Ineligible persons include successful Regular Crown Reserve applicants regardless of whether they actually paid
for their stretch or not, unsuccessful applicants who substituted into an angling party that was successful in the
draw, and any person who did not apply to the draw.
–– A limit of one stretch date per angler applies.
–– Bookings do not have to be based on the original party membership. A four person party, for example could
reform to book a stretch date during this period as two separate two-person parties.
–– Party size must correspond to the size limit for that stretch.
–– Immediate licence payment at the time of booking is required.
2) Open booking period:
–– Begins the first Monday of June and lasts until the end of the Regular Crown Reserve angling season. In 2015,
bookings for this period will be accepted online and at designated DNR district offices beginning 8:30 am,
Monday, June 1.
–– Any angler whose principal place of residence is New Brunswick may book stretch dates during this period
regardless of whether they participated in the Regular Crown Reserve draw or not.
–– There are no limits as to the number of available stretches that may be booked.
–– Party size must correspond to the size limit for that stretch.
–– Immediate licence payment at the time of booking is required.
3) Bookings within 48 hours of an angling date:
–– Any stretch that has not been booked within 48 hours of its angling date can be booked by individuals or parties.
The number of persons who book the stretch may be less than the stretch limit(s).
–– Angling dates that occur on a weekend or Monday will be available for booking beginning two business days prior
to the angling date. For example, bookings within 48 hours of angling dates that occur on a Saturday, Sunday, or
Monday will begin at 8:30 am on the previous Thursday.
Daily Crown Reserve
These fifteen salmon and trout fishing waters provide excellent angling on a day-by-day basis (see pages 55-56). The
season extends from June 1-Sept. 15. These waters are closed before and after the Daily Crown Reserve season. Exception:
Restigouche River Daily Crown Reserve (Grog Island) is open from April 15-June 1 for all angling.
Application and Payment Procedures
Step A: Random draw
• Apply online at www.gnb.ca/naturalresources or by calling the appropriate District office between 8:30 and 11:00 am
on the draw date.
• Draws are held on weekdays 7 days in advance of the angling date. If the angling date is a Saturday or Sunday, the
draw is held on the Monday of the week immediately preceding the angling date, or on Tuesday in the event that
Monday is a holiday.
• An application fee of $7.91 per angler must be paid at the time of the application unless the angler has previously
applied to a Crown Reserve draw during the current year.
• Successful applicants will be contacted by phone or e-mail after the draw is conducted at 11:00 am. Immediate payment
is required.
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Step B: Party booking
• If no applications are received by 11 a.m. on the draw date, unclaimed stretches may be booked on a first-come firstserved basis by proper party size, up to 48 hours before the angling date.
• To book, visit www.gnb.ca/naturalresources or call the appropriate designated office beginning at 1:30 pm on the
stretch draw date.
• There is no fee to book unclaimed stretches under Step B.
Step C: Individual or party booking
• Within 48 hours of the fishing date bookings are accepted from individuals or parties. The total number of anglers is not
permitted to exceed the stretch limit and licence fees apply only to the number of persons who actually take the stretch.
• There is no application fee to book unclaimed stretches under Step C.
• To book, visit www.gnb.ca/naturalresources or call the appropriate DNR office after 8:30 am beginning two business
days immediately prior to the angling date.
General information on Daily Crown Reserves
• In addition to a Daily Crown Reserve licence, anglers on Daily Crown Reserves must have a valid Class 7, 8, 16 or 17
salmon angling licence for salmon stretches, or a valid Class 9 or 10 licence for trout stretches. For exception, see "Youth
on Crown Reserve", pages 50-51.
• Licences are not transferable.
• Anglers are limited to two days per month for any specific stretch of Daily Crown Reserve Water obtained through Step
A Random Draw. Vacant water booked under Steps B and C does not count towards this limit.
• Anglers must purchase the full period of vacant water. Partial purchase is not allowed.
• When the successful party is notified, payment must be made immediately by credit card, Interac, cash, cheque or
money order (by phone or in person). There are no exceptions.
• The cost per angler per day on Daily Crown Reserve salmon stretches is $51.98 for angling dates from June 1 to August
31 and $35.03 per day per angler for angling dates between September 1 and 15. (Exception: the Lower Patapedia
stretch is $22.60 for angling dates from June 3 to August 31.)
• The cost per angler per day on Daily Crown Reserve brook trout stretches is $22.60 for angling dates from June 3 to
August 31 and $14.69 for angling dates from September 1 to 15.
• At the time of payment, all party members’ DNR client number or their information must be provided for the issuance
of the licences (name, address, date of birth, telephone number and identification).
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Live Release Crown Reserve
Only fly fishing with barbless or pinched hooks is permitted. There are five of these reserves in the Miramichi drainage (see
page 56). The season extends from June 1-Sept. 15. Waters are closed before and after the Live Release Crown Reserve season.
Application and Payment Procedures:
• Same procedures as Steps A, B and C for Daily Crown Reserve.
• An application fee of $7.91 per angler must be paid at the time of the application unless the angler has previously
applied to a Crown Reserve draw during the current year.
• Anglers are limited to two days per month for any specific stretch of Live Release Crown Reserve Water obtained through
Step A Random Draw. Stretches booked under Steps B and C do not count towards this limit.
• The cost per angler per day on Live Release Crown Reserve stretches is $37.29 for angling dates from June 1 to August
31 and $24.86 for angling dates from September 1 to 15. (Exception: the Upper and Lower Cains stretches are $22.60
for angling dates from June 1 to August 31 and $14.69 for angling dates from September 1 to 15.)
• In addition to a Live Release Crown Reserve Licence, each angler must have a valid Class 7, 8, 16 or 17 salmon angling
licence. For exception, see "Youth on Crown Reserve", pages 50-51.
• If angling on the Cains River, each angler must have a valid Class 7, 8, 9, 10, 16 or 17 licence in addition to a Live Release
Crown Reserve Licence. For exception, see "Youth on Crown Reserve", pages 50-51.
• Palisades and Sinclair stretch licences are issued for two consecutive fishing days.
Regular Crown Reserve Waters
Cost per angler per day is $51.98 (HST incl.) for angling dates from June 10 to August 31 and $35.03 per day per angler
for angling dates from September 1 to 15.
Restigouche Drainage
River
Stretch
Kedgwick
North Branch Kedgwick
Patapedia
Patapediaa
Restigouche
Devil’s Half Acre
Restigouche
Restigouche
Upsalquitch
Upsalquitch
NW Upsalquitch
NW Upsalquitch
SE Upsalquitch
Red Bank
Three Sisters
Crooked Rapids
Upsalquitch Forks Pool
Craven Gulch
Northwest Upsalquitch
Southeast Upsalquitch
Party Size
2
2
4
Camps
Yes
Yesb
Yes
Access
Canoe or wading
Canoe
Canoe
4
4
2 or 4
2
2
2 or 4
2
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Canoe
Canoe
Canoe
Canoe
Canoe
Canoe
Canoe or wading
a Patapedia licences are valid for three consecutive calendar days. The last available stretch start date is August 29.
b Accommodations for Patapedia stretch available from Quebec Parks and Reserve Service, Matapedia, Quebec
Bag Limit: The bag limit for grilse on the Restigouche Regular Crown Reserve Licence (except Patapedia stretch*) is three
(3) grilse for the entire Crown Reserve three day trip (48 hour period). Anglers may retain the Federal limit of one
grilse on any day during the Crown Reserve trip, providing that their total kill for the trip is a maximum of three grilse.
*Patapedia Regular Crown Reserve stretch: Bag limit is 2 grilse per day; retention and possession limit for the trip is 4
grilse provided the angler has the appropriate number of tags.
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Miramichi Drainage
NOTE: the Miramichi Crown Reserves are live release only for Atlantic salmon in 2015.
River
LSW Miramichi
Lr North Branch,
LSW Miramichi
NW Miramichi
NW Miramichi
NW Miramichi
NW Miramichi
NW Miramichi
North Sevogle
North Sevogle
North Sevogle
Stretch
Charlies Rock
Adams Poola
Party Size
4
4
Camps
Yes
Yes
Access
Wading
Wading
Crawford
Depot
Elbow
Stoney Brook
Sullivan
Groundhog Landing
Squirrel Falls
Narrows
4
4
4
4
2
4
4
4
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wading
Wading
Wading
Wading
Wading
Wading
Wading
Wading
a Anglers must release all brook trout caught on the Adams Pool stretch on the Lower North Branch Little Southwest
Miramichi River.
Daily Crown Reserve Waters
Atlantic Salmon
Cost per angler per day is $51.98 for angling dates from June 1 and August 31 and $35.03 per day per angler for angling
dates from September 1 to 15. (Exception: the Lower Patapedia stretch is $22.60 for angling dates from June 3 to August 31.)
Stretch
Water
Season
Party
Size
Trip Bag
Limit per
person
Berry Brook
Upsalquitch
June 1-Sept. 15 2 or 4
2
Cruickshank
North Branch Sevogle June 10-Sept. 15 2
0
Grog Island
Restigouche
June 1-Sept. 15 2
2
Jardine Brook
Little Main Restigouche June 1-Sept. 15 2 or 4
2
Kedgwick Forks Kedgwick
June 1-Sept. 15 2
2
Lower Kedgwick Kedgwick
June 1-Sept. 15 2, 4 or 6a 2
4c
Lower Patapedia Patapedia
June 3-Aug. 31b 2
DNR Office
Telephone
Campbellton
Miramichi
Campbellton
Saint-Quentin
Saint-Quentin
Saint-Quentin
Campbellton
506-789-2336
506-627-4050
506-789-2336
506-235-6040
506-235-6040
506-235-6040
506-789-2336
a Lower Kedgwick stretch accommodates six anglers until July 10 inclusive; four anglers beginning on July 11.
b Lower Patapedia licences valid for two consecutive calendar days.
Start dates are June 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27; July 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29; August 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30.
c Lower Patapedia stretch bag limit: 2 per day/4 per trip.
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Brook Trout
Cost per angler per day is $22.60 for angling dates from June 3 to August 31 and $14.69 for angling dates from September
1 to 15.
Stretch
Season
Party Size
California Lakea
Caribou Lake
Goodwin Lakeb
Island Lake
Kenny Lake
Nepisiguit River
Peaked Mountain Lakesc
Valentine Lake
June 1-August 31
June 1-Sept. 15
June 1-Sept. 15
June 1-Sept. 15
June 1-Sept. 15
July 15-August 15
June 1-Sept. 15
June 1-Sept. 15
2 or 4
2
2
2
2
2
2 or 4
2
Trip Bag Limit
per person
5
5
2
2
2
2
2
2
DNR Office
Telephone
Bathurst
Bathurst
Miramichi
Doaktown
Miramichi
Bathurst
Doaktown
Doaktown
506-547-2080
506-547-2080
506-627-4050
506-365-2001
506-627-4050
506-547-2080
506-365-2001
506-365-2001
a Artificial lures and bait prohibited to be in an anglers possession while angling on California Lake.
b Access to Goodwin Lake requires a canoe portage.
c Access to the Peaked Mountain Lakes requires 4X4 truck and a canoe portage.
Live Release Crown Reserve Waters
Cost per angler per day: Upper and Lower Cains $22.60 for angling dates from June 1 to August 31 and $14.69 for angling
dates from September 1 to 15. All other stretches $37.29 for angling dates from June 1 to August 31 and $24.86 for
angling dates from September 1 to 15.
Stretch
Cains Lower
Cains Upper
Lr. North Branch
Palisades
Sinclair
River
Cains
Cains
LSW Miramichi
North Pole Stream
North Pole Stream
Season
June 1-Sept. 15
June 1-Sept. 15
June 1-Sept. 15
July 1-Sept. 15
July 1-Sept. 15
Party Size
2 or 4
2 or 4
4
4
4
Live Release limit: 4 Atlantic Salmon per angler per calendar day.
Bag Limit: The bag limit on all Live Release Crown Reserve stretches is 0 for all species.
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DNR Office
Doaktown
Doaktown
Miramichi
Doaktown
Doaktown
Telephone
506-365-2001
506-365-2001
506-627-4050
506-365-2001
506-365-2001
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