No Licence Needed to Ice Fish This Weekend

No Licence Needed to Ice Fish This Weekend

Family Fishing Weekend will run February 18-20. (FRIDAY1970 / FLICKR)

Manitoba will relax the rules on ice fishing as part of the second annual winter Family Fishing Weekend.

From Saturday until Monday (Louis Riel Day), a fishing licence will not be required to fish on the province’s many frozen waterways.

“After the success of last year’s first family fishing weekend, we want to continue to encourage people to try ice fishing as a healthy and enjoyable leisure activity during the winter,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. “This weekend is a great way to spend time with family and friends while taking advantage of our worldclass fishing across the province.”

The Manitoba Wildlife Federation is hosting an amateur photo contest to promote ice fishing as a fun family activity.

“We want families to capture the beauty of Manitoba’s winter wonderland with a camera and post the photos on our Facebook page by Feb. 24,” said Reid Woods, president of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.”Three random names will be drawn to win family gift packs valued at more than $125.”