February 17 through to the 19th, is Free Fishing Weekend in Saskatchewan.

"The province has been offering free fishing weekend int he summer since 1989," shared Murray Koob, Sport Fish Specialist with the Ministry of Environment, "just to encourage sport fishing in general. In 2015, the province introduced wintertime free fishing weekend to encourage participation in ice fishing."

"It's a great family event, get out there and do some ice fishing and especially with the weekend being Family Day Weekend. It's also an excellent chance to appreciate our fisheries resources."

He adds that anyone in the province, resident or visitor is free to fish without a licence, however, fishing limits are still in effect.

"It only pertains to Saskatchewan public waters but national parks are excluded."

He suggests getting a license if you are planning to take the fish out of province.

Koob also mentions that safety is always a top priority. 

"We always say to use common sense and put safety first. Always check the ice thickness before you go out and as you're travelling, make sure there's sufficient ice. Check your weather forecast and indicate to someone where you're going so they're aware of what time you'll be back."

 

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