All Newfoundland salmon rivers and brooks to become catch-and-release only

Published on August 4, 2017

"Each day that goes by we are losing more salmon and potentially making the situation worse for future years," said Don Ivany of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

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Due to a significant decline in salmon returns, all rivers in Newfoundland will become catch-and -release only one hour after sunset on Aug. 6.

The decision was announced in a Department of Fisheries and Oceans press release this afternoon, Aug. 4.. The catch-and-release policy is applied to all scheduled and non-scheduled salmon rivers on the island of Newfoundland (Zones 3-13 and 14a).

Rivers that are currently closed due to environmental conditions, will remain closed to all angling until conditions improve.  Rivers/Areas that have been closed for the season as per the Anglers guide, will remain closed to all angling.

For more information please visit the In Season River Status report at or call the Angling Line at 709-772-4423.

Details on daily catch and release limits are outlined in the 2017-2018 Angler's Guide on page 6 which is available in booklet form or on-line at