Cameron and Gillis Lakes, Antigonish County Angevine Lake, Cumberland County Albro Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality Gairloch Lake, Pictou County Goose Harbour Lake, Guysborough County Sucker Lake, Lunenburg County Levers Lake and No. 20 Dam, Cape Breton County Hidden Hills Lake, Queens County Everitts Lake, Digby County Meadow Pond, Hants County Silver and Sunken Lakes, Kings County. Other lakes open for white and yellow perch with a bag limit is 25 fish per day are: Anglers can try their hand at winter sportfishing this weekend, Feb. 17 and 18, without a licence. “We are offering a free fishing weekend on a number of our lakes and rivers during our first annual event,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Sportfishing promotes family togetherness and healthy, outdoor opportunities. Our summer sportfishing weekend is very popular, and we hope the winter weekend will encourage more people to try it.” Residents and non-residents can fish for rainbow trout, white and yellow perch, and chain pickerel in a number of lakes and rivers from Yarmouth to Cape Breton without a general sportfishing licence. However, all bag limits and other regulations apply. “In addition to being a healthy outdoor activity, winter fishing offers some excellent opportunities for both experienced and beginner anglers,” said Mr. Chisholm. “For those who love the outdoors, fishing is an ideal winter sport.” In 2000, a national sportfishing survey showed that Nova Scotia anglers lead the country in winter sportfishing, spending an average of 9.5 days fishing. “Winter angling offers a unique outdoor experience, but we want to ensure everyone enjoys it safely,” said Mr. Chisholm. “I encourage all anglers to use caution during the winter sportfishing weekend, whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice.” The sportfishing industry is worth about $85 million a year to the province’s economy. Close to 100,000 Nova Scotians sportfish each year, while thousands more visit the province to fish. For more information on Nova Scotia’s sportfishery, see the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/sportfishing or call the Inland Fisheries Division at 902-485-5056. Areas of the province open for the Winter Sportfishing Weekend for rainbow trout fishing with a bag limit of two fish per day: Anglers who enjoy fishing chain pickerel can do so in Digby County on the Meteghan River, including all lakes and tributaries and on the Annis River and Kiack Brook (near Belleville South) in Yarmouth County, including all lakes and tributaries. Other lakes open for chain pickerel this weekend with a bag limit for each species is 25 fish per day: Louis Lake, Queens County Walls Lake, The Ponds in Port LaTour and Bakers Flats on Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County Morris, Russell, Fish and Kinsac lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality Lily Lake (Cogamun Pond), Hants County Shortts Lake, Colchester County Black Lake and West Branch Lake, Pictou County The Bras d’Or Lakes. Five areas of the Bras d’Or Lakes are closed to all angling. They include the areas above the Baddeck River Bridge on Highway 105 (including Cains Pond); inside the East Bay sandbar; above Crowdis Bridge in River Denys Basin; above Black River Bridge in Dundee; and above Mackenzie Brook bridge near the south side of River Denys. Springfield Lake, Annapolis County Angevine (Dewars Lake), Cumberland County Cameron and Gillis lakes, Antigonish County Meteghan River, including all lakes and tributaries, Yarmouth County Albro Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality Shortts Lake, Colchester County Woodward Sanford Lake, Hants County.