Free fishing in Saskatchewan returns this weekend

You won’t need a fishing license to cast a line this weekend.

The Government of Saskatchewan is bringing back its Free Fishing Weekend for July 13-14.

The annual summer event allows both residents and visitors the opportunity to fish at Saskatchewan’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license.

While it’s a chance for people to take a crack at catching some fish, the government is reminding the public of a couple rules and regulations while they’re out fishing.

  • Possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some of the province’s lakes and rivers are still in effect;
  • Those who plan to take fish out of Saskatchewan must purchase a license;
  • The weekend event doesn’t include national parks.

Here’s a bit of history on the annual provincial event:

  • It first started the summer of 1989 to encourage sport fishing and push public awareness about angling opportunities in Saskatchewan.
  • Around 250,000 people participate in sport fishing in the province annually. Each year, 50,000 anglers arrive from outside of the province for fishing opportunities.
  • Back in 2015, the province hosted its first Free Fishing Weekend.

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