Get hooked on free fishing this Father’s Day weekend

Canadian families can fish for free in most freshwater lakes and non-tidal streams anywhere in B.C. from June 15 to 17.

Aspiring and experienced anglers alike can cast their lines for free this Father’s Day weekend, as part of the 13th Annual Free Family Fishing weekend.

This year’s celebration runs from June 15 to 17, and allows Canadian families to fish for free in most freshwater lakes and non-tidal streams anywhere in B.C. on all three days. With 47 different events planned in communities across the province, families have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to fish and explore our beautiful recreation sites.

“Fishing is a great way to get out and enjoy B.C.’s natural beauty with the whole family. If you’ve never tried fishing before but have always wanted to, then here’s your chance,” said Steve Thomson, minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.

These events are supported by the Family Fishing Weekend Society, which provides financial assistance and materials, including fishing gear. The Freshwater Fisheries Society stocks 800 lakes and streams with more than eight million fish each year. The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and Walmart Canada have also contributed funding to support Family Fishing Weekend. Throughout the province, hundreds of knowledgeable volunteers will share their advice and passion for fishing with all who attend.

Families planning to fish at a location outside of a sponsored event listed on the Family Fishing Society of BC’s website are advised that people fishing for species requiring a conservation surcharge stamp or on classified waters will still need to purchase these supplementary licences. For information on these few exceptions, please consult page 61 of the 2011-13 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, available online at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/.

An estimated 25,000 people take advantage of the Free Family Fishing Weekend every year.