New and experienced anglers alike can cast their lines for free this Father’s Day weekend, as part of the 14th Annual Free Family Fishing weekend.
This year’s celebration runs from June 14 to 16, 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 49 different events planned in communities throughout the province, families have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to fish and explore B.C.’s beautiful recreation sites.
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 eight million fish each year. The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund has 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 pages 7-8 of the 2013-15 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, available online at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/