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P.E.I.'s angling season opens April 15. Licences are available at retail outlets across the Island and online at www.gov.pe.ca/forestry/licence .
Deep snow and weak ice can pose hazards for anglers accessing fishing sites
As angling season begins Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry is asking Islanders to use caution when selecting their sites, since there is still snow and ice present across the province.
Many Prince Edward Island rivers and ponds are still covered in ice, which may be weak and unstable. And the access roads are still filled with deep snow.
"For many people angling season is a welcome marker of spring," said Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster. "However this year, we still have a lot of ice and snow in certain areas of the province.”
Falling into the cold water can quickly lead to hypothermia and even death unless the victim can get out and warmed up again immediately.
Anglers who plan to travel through rough and snowy areas to access fishing locations should let someone know where they plan to go, in case they get stuck, says Webster.
The anticipation of opening day has a long tradition.
“For generations, April 15 has been an important day on Prince Edward Island, as people go out to rivers, streams and ponds across the Island to spend a day in the outdoors fishing with friends and family,” said Webster. “Fishing is a fun activity and a great way to enjoy nature but safety is the most important thing.”
Everyone is advised to consult the 2014 Angling Summary for any new regulations or restrictions before they go out fishing. 2014 angling licences are available at retail outlets across the Island and online at www.gov.pe.ca/forestry/licence .