In summertime, the Land of Living Skies could also be called the Land of Boating and Fishing.

In Saskatchewan, a fishing license is required to legally fish our lakes, but, according to Conservation Officer Rich Hildebrand, checking with the Angler's Guide can help prevent breaking any bylaws, which differ at different lakes.

"Make sure that you know all the rules and regulations," he explained. "Some of the lakes are very specific as to what species, and maybe the limit or the size, things like that, or even some of the types of hooks, whether certain hooks are allowed, things like that."

He said it's also important to carry your fishing license with you.

Hildebrand noted that a common misconception is that drinking on houseboats is legal, emphasizing that it is not legal to drink on a houseboat.

"It's like any other boat, it's considered a motor vehicle," he said, noting that there is one exception to the rule.

"A houseboat has to be secured to a permanent mooring structure or dock," he said. "And that doesn't mean throwing the anchor out in the middle of the lake, or things like that. It has to be a permanent mooring structure or dock before alcohol is allowed on a houseboat."

Life jackets, although not legally required to be worn on a boat, are an important safety precaution.

"Although it's not required by law to wear it, you have to have enough life jackets on the boat. There has to one for every person on the boat," he said.

Hildebrand also wishes to remind boaters about the "Clean, Drain, Dry" rules pertaining to the invasive species guidelines for boaters.

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