August 13, 2014 3:48 pm

Free fishing weekend back for a second time this year

Aug. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Christina Larson at Fishing Lake. Extreme rainfall, flooding in July reasons behind second free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan this year.

Christina Larson / Viewer Supplied

REGINA – Anglers will have another chance for a free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.

Last month, boaters were told to stay off some Saskatchewan lakes for safety reasons and to prevent disruption of flood mitigation efforts after parts of Saskatchewan were hammered by severe storms.

Due to extreme rainfall and flooding at the beginning of July, the government announced it will be holding another free fishing weekend – this one on Aug. 23-24.

“Free fishing weekend is a good time to try your luck fishing in one of Saskatchewan’s wonderful lakes and rivers, and to introduce new anglers to one of the province’s most popular outdoor activities,” said Environment Minister Scott Moe.

While everyone, including visitors to Saskatchewan, can fish for free on those days without a licence, possession and reduced limits must be observed along with closed areas on some lakes and rivers.

There are some restrictions. Free fishing does not take part in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must have a licence.

Fishing tourism contributes over $300 million annually to the provincial economy.

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