Anglers will have more locations to enjoy sportfishing throughout the province when the winter season opens on New Year’s Day. Fishing venues are expanding with more lakes open for rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, chain pickerel or perch. The Cape Breton Highlands Special Trout Management Area will be open for brook trout angling this winter and in the tidal waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes, anglers may now fish for brown trout as well as rainbow trout. “Winter sportfishing is one of many winter outdoor experiences that Nova Scotia offers and it is an activity that can be enjoyed by all age groups,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I would like to encourage all anglers to use caution this season when winter fishing from shore, in boats, or through the ice.” A 2012 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licences are valid until March 31, 2013. Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate. Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend, Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a general fishing licence. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .