Ready those lines for the Family Day weekend to try out ice fishing. From February 19th – 21st, Saskatchewan residents and visitors may fish any provincial waterbody that has an open sport fishing season, without buying a fishing licence.
Environment Minister Warren Kaeding says, “More than a quarter of a million anglers fish our province’s waters each year. Ice fishing is a favourite pastime for many residents. Free Fishing Weekends are a great time for visitors or new anglers to give it a go – if they haven’t had the opportunity.”
Provincial officials say during Free Fishing Weekend, all regulations apply, including possession limits and reduced limits and anyone planning to transport fish out of province must have a valid Saskatchewan angling licence.
They add to keep safety in mind when going out on the ice. Let someone know where you will be fishing and when you plan on returning. Dress for the weather, as frostbite can happen very quickly. Use caution and be aware of ice thickness before travelling on it. Water does not freeze uniformly and is unpredictable. For walking, ice needs to be 10 cm (four inches) thick and at least 30 cm (12 inches) for light vehicle travel.