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5 fishing hot spots near St. John’s, Newfoundland

Fishing Newfoundland’s Avalon peninsula: 5 hot spots

Here’s where the owner of Blue Charm Angling casts a line for Atlantic salmon, plus brown, brook and sea-run trout and ouananiche

Open since 2007, this full-service fly shop also organizes guided trips for salmon and trout fishing. Remarkably, owner Oisin McMahon ties most of the flies Blue Charm sells. His best spots highlight the Avalon Peninsula’s great fishing, and are all within 90 minutes of St. John’s—perfect for visiting anglers.

More info: Blue Charm Angling, (709) 576-2522, www.bluecharm.ca

AQUAFORTE RIVER, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

GPS: 47.009, -52.972

FISH: Atlantic salmon, sea-run brown trout

HIGHLIGHT: A hidden late-season gem, with spectacular views

WHEN: Late August and September

THREE ARM POND, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

GPS: 47.498, -52.895

FISH: Brook and brown trout, ouananiche

HIGHLIGHT: Easy access and superb fishing, given the urban setting

WHEN: Ice-out to September

HOPEALL BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

GPS: 47.624, -53.529

FISH: Sea-run brown trout

HIGHLIGHT: Consistently produces double-digit trout

WHEN: Early spring

SOUTH EAST PLACENTIA RIVER, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

GPS: 47.219, -53.911

FISH: Atlantic salmon, brown trout, sea-run brook trout

HIGHLIGHT: Miles of superb angling, and rarely crowded

WHEN: June through September

WATERFORD RIVER, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

GPS: 47.542, -52.725

FISH: Brook, brown (including sea-run) and tiger trout

HIGHLIGHT: Delightful fishing right in St. John’s, plus unique tiger trout

WHEN: All season

Blue Charm’s Oisin McMahon
Blue Charm’s Oisin McMahon

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Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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