Kathryn McGarry Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry MPP Cambridge

Kathryn McGarry Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry has said that “Take advantage of the free fishing this weekend to try out a new family activity and enjoy the diversity our lakes and rivers have to offer. Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make memories, and Family Day weekend is a great time to introduce a friend or family member

Families and fishing enthusiasts across Ontario can fish licence-free from Saturday, February 18 through Monday, February 20.

This Family Day weekend, anglers can go ice fishing without a licence, so head out to one of Ontario’s provincial parks that are open during the winter to give it a try. Learn the ropes of ice fishing at one of the many events happening across the province, including:

▪       Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Family Ice Fishing Day on February 18, 2017 at BEL Rotary Park, Ennismore

▪       Conservation Sudbury’s Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day on February 19, 2017 at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury

▪       Wellington Street Sportsmens Club Annual Family Ice Fishing Event on February 20, 2017 at Wellington Street Sportsmen Club in Thames.

Remember to follow the rules for ice fishing in Ontario and stick to the daily fishing limits to help protect our province’s fish populations.

Recent mild weather may have made ice on many bodies of water unsafe, so be sure to check with local ice hut operators before venturing out and make safety a priority.