Get out your fishing gear, long underwear and parkas and head out to one of Saskatchewan’s provincial waterbodies that allows open sport fishing, for a Family Day weekend of FREE fishing from February 19th to 21st – you won’t need to buy a fishing license. Don’t forget the family and maybe a cup of java or hot-chocolate and do a little on-ice bonding.
Annually, more than a quarter million anglers fish the province’s water, said Environment Minister Warren Kaeding. “Ice fishing is a favourite pastime for many Saskatchewan residents. Free Fishing Weekends are a great time for visitors or new anglers to give it a go - if they haven’t had the opportunity.”
During Free Fishing Weekend, all regulations apply, including possession limits and reduced limits on some waterbodies. Anyone planning to transport fish out of province must have a valid Saskatchewan angling licence.
Remember to put safety first when going out on the ice. Before you leave, always tell someone where you will be fishing and when you plan on returning. Dress for the weather, as frostbite can happen very quickly. Use caution and be aware of ice thickness before travelling on it. Water does not freeze uniformly and is unpredictable. For walking, ice needs to be 10 cm (four inches) thick and at least 30 cm (12 inches) for light vehicle travel.
For more information about fishing in Saskatchewan, check the Saskatchewan Anglers Guide or online at saskatchewan.ca/fishing