I spend a lot of money and time each year fishing for shad, trout, and stripe bass. I am very upset with the proposed 2015 change regarding the fishing regulations with the Cornwallis River for brown trout on page five of the NS Anglers handbook: Extend angling season for brown trout from Oct. 1 - 31, catch and release, barbless artificial fly only.
Thus, like most anglers, I believe in trout management and I have reviewed the Nova Scotia Trout management plan of 2005. Brown trout were introduced to Nova Scotia in the 1920s from Europe and have since established self-sustaining populations in many rivers in Nova Scotia. I don’t feel there is just cause to introduce a fly-fishing only policy on the Cornwallis River located in Kings County. Why should there be a catch and release or fly-fishing policy on a fish that is not in danger? Fishing in Nova Scotia is a long family tradition. How many little children can use a fly rod? Fly fishing takes years to master and is a talent skill. I find it difficult to believe this anti-family policy has even made it to the Nova Scotia 2014 Handbook for Anglers.
Furthermore, I request the Minister of Fisheries Keith Cowell to look into this proposed change and over-turn this matter to support all fishermen and not just what the Fly Nation community wants to impose on the Cornwallis River for all anglers in the Valley.