Albertans will be able to spend an evening out fishing this weekend without worrying about the hassle of getting a license.
As one of only two Free Fishing Weekends of the year – the other taking place during National Fishing Week in July – Family Day long weekend will allow experts and novices alike the chance to drop hook line and sinker into Alberta’s lakes.
Events are also being hosted around the province to encourage new fisherfolk, with a Kids Can Catch event taking place at Joussard, Alberta’s Lesser Slave Lake on Saturday, February 17, and a Family FISHtival planned for Calgary’s Bow Habitat Station on the same day.
“This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a day outside with your family,” said Todd Zimmerling, the president and CEO of the Alberta Conservation Association, in a release from the government of Alberta.
“I can’t guarantee you will catch a fish, but I will guarantee you will bring home great memories.”
Sportfishing regulations will still apply over the free fishing weekend, so it’s best to make sure that you’re freshened up on what you can and can’t catch before heading out to the lakes.
“Fishing allows us to spend quality time with each other while also providing a connection to nature that improves our health and well-being,” said Shannon Phillips, the minister of environment and parks for the government of Alberta, in the release.
“Family Fishing Weekend also helps anglers introduce children to Alberta’s diverse ecosystems and fish species, and I encourage all Albertans to join in this wonderful experience.”