Queens County residents can try their luck at winter fishing for free at Louis Lake during the February long weekend.
Anglers across Nova Scotia are encouraged to give the sport a try from Feb. 17-19. No fishing licenses are needed during that period in specific lakes across the province, including Louis Lake in Queens County.
"You can introduce family, friends and visitors to this sport during the annual free winter fishing weekend," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. "But, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned angler, please put safety first."
Trout, perch and chain pickerel can be caught during the Heritage Day weekend at Louis Lake. The daily bag limit is 25 of each species.
During the regular winter season, a fishing license is required for any sportfishing. Licenses can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices and are valid until March 31.
The Nova Scotia Anglers' Handbook includes a summary of regulations and is available online at
The full list of lakes open across the province, as well as fish species and catch limits, can be seen at https://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing/laws-regs/docs/winter-fishing-opportunities.pdf.