FREDERICTON (GNB) – Anglers will be able to apply between Feb. 4 and March 1 to fish regular Crown reserve waters. Draw results will be available online March 25.

“Angling is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of New Brunswick,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister Mike Holland. “It is a time-honoured tradition that has been passed down through family and friends for many generations. All New Brunswick anglers are encouraged to be part of that tradition and teach someone to fish.”

Regular Crown reserve is comprised of 20 prime salmon stretches on both 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, 411 of the 603 draw applications were successful, resulting in 1,427 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 13-26. The first-come, first-served open booking period will be from June 3 to Sept.15.

The latest information on salmon conservation measures for 2019 is available online or from any office of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.