Saskatchewan families can kick back this long weekend with free fishing across the province.
The annual winter free fishing weekend runs Feb. 17 to Family Day Monday Feb. 19.
Whether you’re from the province or just visiting, anyone may fish without a licence in any waterbody with an open sport fishing season.
“Ice fishing is an excellent way to enjoy nature with family and friends during the winter,” said Environment Minister Dustin Duncan in a news release Friday.
“Our lakes attract more than 250,000 anglers each year and the free fishing weekend is the perfect opportunity for both new and experienced anglers.”
The province reminds anglers to use caution and common sense, and always put safety first when going out on frozen lakes.
This includes testing the ice thickness before travelling on it. A minimum of 10 centimetres – around four inches – of good ice is required for walking, while 30 centimetres or around 12 inches is needed for light vehicle travel.
Anyone planning to take advantage of free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers remain in effect.
Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must buy a licence.
More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the Anglers’ Guide, available wherever fishing licenses are sold, or online.