Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

December 19, 2016 11:59 ET

Winter Recreational Fishery for Saguenay Groundfish

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 19, 2016) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced today that the ice fishing season on the Saguenay Fjord will begin on January 14 and end on March 5, 2017.

Following consultations with ice fishing stakeholders, the Department has determined that the fishing season will last 51 days without interruption.

Each person is allowed to catch and keep a maximum of five groundfish per day of any type, except Atlantic Halibut, Atlantic Wolffish, Northern Wolffish, Spotted Wolffish and Skate. Fishers are required to release these species.

For the safety of those participating in ice fishing, DFO emphasizes that access to fishing sites is conditional on ice thickness and in accordance with municipal regulations.

Please note that Canadian Coast Guard spring icebreaking operations on the Saguenay River will begin on or around March 12, 2017. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all hikers, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice during icebreaking activities, as shifting ice may create a danger for anyone in the area.

For more information on groundfish ice fishing, visit www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

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