Newfoundland And Labrador Fishing Spots, Maps and Reports
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Newfoundland has a gripping fishing history that began in 1492 when Europeans discovered North America. This particular part of Canada was teeming with fish and led to a large scale prosperous fishing industry. However in 1949 Newfoundland became a part of Canada. As a result, it turned over the fisheries to Ottawa and because of overfishing and industrialized industry, Newfoundland’s fishing industry collapsed. The unimagined had happened as well. The fishes disappeared and jobs were lost. From 2 billion pounds of cod in the 1960s, by 1992, the industry had shut down because the Canadian government decided to call a moratorium on cod fishing.
Today, Newfoundland and Labrador is attracting anglers from all over the world because of record-breaking catches. Locals don’t just talk about catching salmon or brook trout; they say trophy catches and eye-popping giant fishes. The waters have become fish-friendly and clear, untouched by industry, and highly protected by the government. The surroundings are rugged, rustic, and breathtakingly beautiful.
Aside from an amazing rebound, Newfoundland and Labrador offer fish tent camps, luxurious lodges, fly-ins to remote locations, virgin territory and waters, and piece of heaven on earth for hard core anglers.
Coming from such a dramatic history, the rules of recreational and sport fishing is strict.
All non-residents are required to hire an outfitter. Not only will they act as your guide, they will also ensure that the land, waters, and fish are treated properly
As with all other provinces, fishing license is required although the outfitter you hire will usually take care of supplying you with the license as part of the package
Angling in national parks will require a special license. A few of the national parks where fishing is allowed are Terra Nova National Park, Gros Morne National Park and Torngat Mountains National Park
From a fishing community to an industrialized industry and now back to its roots, Newfoundland and Labrador has a distinct difference from fishing adventures in other provinces. For instance, residents who have lived in the area for all these years may mention “going on a journey” which would make you think of a fishing trip but would really refer to the fishing season. Also they often interchange fish with the word “cod” but call other species by their names.
The Landlocked Salmon – Also known as Ouananiche (wi-na-neesh) which is its Indian name can be caught in western Labrador. The average size would be 5 to 7 kilos and the record catch in the area is 10 kilos.
Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Arctic Char – These species all belong to the same family, Char species. You can catch them in Newfoundland and Labrador but the Labrador trouts tend to be larger in size. The brown trout is not a native to Newfoundland and Labrador although they have been around for over 100 years. They were brought in from Scotland in the late 1800s. The average catch size would be 10 to 20 pounds.
Rainbow Trout – This species is also not indigenous to the province and was brought in from the U.S. in the latter part of the 19th century
Wild Atlantic Salmon – The best catch in Newfoundland with over 60% of the salmon population for North American found in the province. An annual run would result in a catch of 30,000, more or less
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