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Lower Niagara regulation changes for early 2018

With the start of the New Year, anglers in the lower Niagara River should be aware of a few regulations changes. At the top of the list is the opening of lake trout season on Jan. 1, 2018. In the lower river, the daily limit is three salmon and trout. No more than two can be lake trout. One fish must be between 25 and 30 inches in length, the second can be any size – if you were going to keep one for the frying pan. In Lake Ontario, the two lake trout are in addition to your three fish salmon and trout limit.

If you want to chase walleyes, you should realize that the daily limit drops from three to one fish per person from Jan. 1 through March 15. Minimum size is 18 inches. This regulation was put into place to protect the big females.

If you fish in Canadian waters at all, take note that the license year for the Province of Ontario is a regular calendar year. You will need a new license if you fish on Jan. 1, 2018 and beyond.

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