The province is expanding winter sportfishing opportunities when the season opens on New Year’s day. A total of 38 waterways across Nova Scotia will open for rainbow trout, chain pickerel or perch on Thursday, Jan. 1. “Winter sportfishing has a strong history in Nova Scotia,” said Ronald Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I am pleased to announce there will be three new lakes opened for rainbow trout and two opened for chain pickerel and perch this season.” The new waterways open this year for rainbow trout are Oathill, Maynard and Penhorn lakes in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Lake George and Lake Paul in Kings County are open for chain pickerel and white and yellow perch. “I encourage all winter anglers to enjoy the season,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice, anglers should note changing conditions which could compromise their safety.” A 2008 general fishing licence is needed to winter fish. Licences can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices throughout the province, Access Nova Scotia’s Maritime Centre location, or selected authorized vendors. Licences are valid until March 31. The annual winter sportfishing weekend takes place Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15. During that weekend, resident and non-resident anglers can fish in areas that are open for winter sportfishing without a general fishing licence. For more information, visit the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .