February 08, 2016

Enjoy Free Fishing Weekend on Family Day Weekend, February 13 - 15

Saskatchewan’s free winter fishing weekend is February 13 to 15.  Saskatchewan residents and visitors can fish without a licence on any of Saskatchewan’s public waters that have an open sport fishing season.

“Ice fishing is a popular activity for many Saskatchewan people and is a great activity for families,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said.  “Coinciding with Family Day long weekend, this is a great opportunity for families to spend some time together while gaining a better appreciation for our environment and natural resources.”

Always use caution and common sense when ice fishing.  Test the ice thickness before you travel on it.  A minimum of 10 centimetres of good ice is required for walking.

All other fishing regulations remain in effect for free fishing weekend, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers.  Many of the rules that apply to summer angling apply to ice fishing as well.  
Consult the Anglers’ Guide for rules specific to ice fishing.  

Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must purchase a licence.  Anglers on Lac la Ronge must have a free endorsement licence, available through HAL, the Ministry of Environment’s automated licence system.  This endorsement helps to conserve and enhance the lake trout population and to gather data on angling pressure and harvest on Lac la Ronge.

More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2015 Anglers’ Guide, available wherever fishing licences are sold, or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.