Winter sportfishing season opens today

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The province is encouraging Nova Scotians to gear up and head to one of the province's open waterways as the winter fishing season opens today.

Freshwater lakes open for winter provide a chance to fish for brook and rainbow trout, white and yellow perch and chain pickerel around the province.

The province says the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture stock many lakes with trout every winter to ensure anglers have a good chance to catch a fish.

The government says a general fishing licence is required to winter fish and they can be purchased at Department of Lands and Forestry Offices, with licences purchased last year valid until the end of March.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture says anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend, February 16-18, where residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a licence.