FREDERICTON (GNB) – The arrival of spring has anglers gearing up for the opening of the 2017 fishing season.

The season opens on April 15 on many rivers and brooks in the province, with additional brooks in the north opening on May 1. Lakes open on May 1 in the south and on May 15 in the northern half of the province. Detailed fishing rules can be found in the guidebook Fish 2017: A part of our heritage.

Anglers are reminded that licences can be purchased online, from the convenience of home, by using the Department of Energy and Resource Development web-based e-Licensing system. Anglers who prefer to purchase their licence in person can continue to do so at Service New Brunswick centres and through private vendors.

As people begin to head out on the water, the department is asking anglers to report their catch online or by using the postage-paid survey card provided in the middle of the Fish 2017 book. The department relies on information provided by anglers to better manage the province’s recreational fishing resources.

At present, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has not finalized Atlantic salmon management measures for 2017. Anglers who are seeking information about Atlantic salmon harvest limits and angling gear restrictions for the 2017 recreational salmon fishery should contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada at 506-851-2435 or consult its website.