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With fishing season set to open, on Tuesday, it's important to remember that the recent weather calls for extra caution. High water, weak ice conditions and generally poor conditions for getting around make for special consideration while trying to wet a line.

This article appeared in the Chronicle Herald.

Cold weather may slow anglers as fishing season opens Tuesday

IAN FAIRCLOUGH STAFF REPORTER
Published March 30, 2014 - 5:55pm

Fishing season opens Tuesday, but where and how well anglers are able to fish will depend on what is happening with the weather at their favourite fishing holes.

Extended cold weather has kept the ice on some lakes, rivers and streams longer than usual. But there has been enough rain and warm sun to make that ice unsafe, so walking out and cutting a hole through it isn't an option.

Tony Rodgers, executive director of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, said conditions like these can be unsafe for anyone trying to fish from shore or on lakes.

"At this time of year, what melting that does occur happens along shorelines and rocks," Rodgers said. "Depending on the area, there could be spots of rotten ice and spots of ice that are (thick). I'm sure there will be open water along the rivers, but still you get ice and snow along the banks."

That can make for slippery conditions along the shore for anglers hoping to hook their first trout of the season, he said.

"As much as we love to see people getting on the water and enjoying fishing, safety does come first. It may even be a good idea to wear a PFD on the shoreline.

"What else can you say about being careful? It's common sense. If it looks like it's going to be bad (ice), then it's probably bad, and you should stay off it."

The weekend rain and run-off from melting snow will also mean faster-flowing rivers and streams, Rodgers said.

He said he has seen some people breaking their way through ice on a lake, "but I'm one of those people who is overly cautious about stuff like this."

"I may not need to get my line in the water on the first day, but give it some time and wait for things to open up a little bit more."

But Rodgers said that can be hard for anglers who don't go ice fishing in the colder months.

"The anticipation after such a long, miserable winter … people just want to get on the go and get on the water."

Here's hoping that everyone has a safe and productive 2014 Fishing Season.

Be safe and enjoy.

Terran
 

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Weather will dictate what i do tomorrow. Gettin to the spot i intend on trying will be an adventure all on its own. 15 Km in the backwoods. If i am able to get there I suspect i will be fishing 0830 ish. Freezing rain, ice pellets are in the forcast tomorrow in my area.
 

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Years ago I would fish in this weather but now at 48 I can wait , I think I've gone soft with old age. On the bright side there shouldn't be many black flies or skeeters around tomorrow. Good luck to anyone who is tougher than me and heads out tomorrow.
 

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Drove along the #2 today heading towards Parrsboro, passed along a lot of rivers (Debert, Foley, Bass etc,) conditions certainly looked dangerous lots of moving water banks covered in mixture of ice, snow and mud.

I have a few spots along the highway where there are a few hidden brooks and streams those should be ok.
 
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