February 8, 2019 1:58 pm
Updated: February 12, 2019 9:50 am

Annual free ice fishing weekend Feb. 16-18 in Saskatchewan

WATCH ABOVE: Jason Matity from getfishing.com with tips on how to get the most out of the upcoming free ice fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan’s annual winter free fishing weekend is once again taking place during the province’s Family Day holiday weekend from Feb. 16-18.

One weekend is designated each winter to encourage participation in ice fishing.

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Anyone can fish in any of the province’s public waters with an open sport fishing season, without having to purchase a fishing licence. Free fishing weekend does not apply to national parks.

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“With Saskatchewan attracting more than 250,000 anglers annually, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family and friends,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said in a press release.

“Free fishing weekend provides a chance for those who have never been ice fishing to give it a try without having to worry about the cost of a licence.”

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The ministry is reminding people to test the ice thickness before travelling on it. A minimum thickness of 10 centimetres is required for walking and 30 cm for light vehicles.

Other fishing regulations such as possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect during free fishing weekend.

For the latest conditions and warnings, download the SkyTracker weather app.

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