July 10, 2018

Saskatchewan's Free Fishing Weekend is July 14 and 15

Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is just around the corner.

On July 14 and 15, residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.

“Saskatchewan offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the world,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for families and visitors to make summer memories at one of our province’s many lakes.”

For those new to fishing or interested in learning more on fishing necessities, local fishing experts Jason and Jeff Matity will be leading free Learn to Fish sessions during free fishing weekend.  Participants will learn about fish identification, how to pack a tackle box, cleaning/filleting and more.  These free lake-side sessions run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Douglas and Moose Mountain provincial parks on July 14, and Buffalo Pound and Echo Valley provincial parks on July 15.  More information can be found at www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/summer-fun.

Anyone planning to take part in free fishing weekend should note that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.

More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2018 Anglers’ Guide, at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

The first free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan was held in the summer of 1989 to encourage participation in sport fishing and increase public awareness about the value and diversity of angling opportunities in the province.

In 2015, the province held the first winter free fishing weekend.  Annually, approximately 250,000 people sport fish in Saskatchewan, including more than 50,000 out-of-province anglers.