Ice Fishing Free in Manitoba This Weekend

Ice Fishing
Fishermen carve out holes in the ice on the Red River in Lockport, Manitoba (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba is opening up ice fishing to all this weekend by waiving the licence requirement to cast a line on lakes and rivers across the province.

“Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and take part in one of the many winter activities available on lakes and rivers around the province,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. “With free admission to our parks this month and free fishing over the Louis Riel Day long weekend, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the beauty of a Manitoba winter.”

While a licence won’t be required from February 15-17, anglers are still reminded to abide by conservation limits for anything they catch and a federal licence will still be required to fish in national parks.

For the fourth year, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation is holding an amateur photo contest to promote ice fishing as a fun family activity. Photos of your time on the ice can be e-mailed to info@mwf.mb.ca by February 21.


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