FREDERICTON (GNB) – Anglers have until March 2 to apply to fish regular Crown reserve waters. Draw results will be available March 26.

“For many New Brunswickers, angling is a revered pastime that has proudly been passed down through the generations,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet. “It is a great activity for everyone at any age and a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of our province.”

Regular Crown reserve is comprised of 20 prime salmon stretches on the Miramichi and Restigouche river systems. Angling parties that are successful in the draw have access to their stretch for two angling days. The use of a fishing camp is included with 16 of these stretches at no additional cost.

Last year, 436 of the 693 draw applications were successful, resulting in 1,502 anglers (in parties of two or four) fishing on Crown waters.

Regular Crown reserve stretches are available from June 10 to Sept. 15 while the daily and live release Crown Reserves are available from June 1 to Sept. 15. Some exceptions to these dates apply depending on the stretch of water.

Anglers must obtain an Outdoors Card number to apply for a Crown reserve draw or to purchase an angling licence. The card is available through a free registration process that may be completed online, at participating licence vendors, or at Service New Brunswick centres. Crown reserve applications may be submitted online or by contacting any district office.

The booking period for unsuccessful applicants in the regular Crown reserve draw is May 14-27 for those applying online and May 14-25 for those visiting an office to apply. The first-come, first-served open booking period will be from June 4 to Sept. 15.

The latest information on salmon conservation measures for 2018 is available online or from any Department of Fisheries and Oceans office.