July 10, 2014 11:32 pm

Free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan

Grab your rod, bait and tackle. It's free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.

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REGINA – Grab your rod, bait and tackle. It’s free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.

In an effort to encourage more people to experience the benefits recreational fishing has to offer, the Ministry of Environment designates one weekend each year when you may fish without an angling licence.

Saturday and Sunday eager fishers will hit the lakes to take advantage of the program.

All other fishing regulations apply, including possession limits.

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National Parks are not included, and if you’re planning to take fish out of the province you will still need a license.

After a suggestion from NDP Opposition Leader, Cam Broten, the government is now adding another fishing weekend this summer for areas currently affected by flooding.

Experts say you can still eat fish from lakes that are affected by the current E.Coli advisory.

“As long as the fish is cooked properly there should be no problem,” said Tim Macaulay, Environmental Health Director. “But, precautions should be taken to ensure that you are washing your hands and just having a clean environment when you’re cleaning the fish.”

The free weekend coincides with National Fishing Week.

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