FREDERICTON (GNB) – More lakes are opening for ice fishing across the province in time for New Brunswick’s Family Day long weekend.

“Anglers have been asking for years for more lakes to be open for winter fishing,” said Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland. “Our government has listened and acted. I am pleased that there will be more waters open for people to get outside and enjoy ice fishing.”

On Feb. 15, an additional 84 lakes will open for ice fishing, bringing the total number of lakes where the activity is permitted to more than 150.

Designated inland, tidal and international waters are open for ice fishing until March 31. Ice fishing licences are required, but during the Family Day long weekend, Feb. 15-17, anyone can fish without a licence.

In the event of prolonged periods of mild weather, ice fishers are reminded to be vigilant and make sure it is safe to be on the ice.

Regulations and the list of bodies of water where ice fishing is permitted is available online.