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Enjoy ice fishing?

13.02.2020 15:19
By: Brayden Hnatiuk

Province celebrating free winter family fishing weekend - Feb. 15th to 17th


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Anglers will not need an angling licence to try their luck during this year's Winter Family Fishing Weekend from Feb. 15 to 17, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

"There are endless fishing opportunities to be found throughout Manitoba, and ice fishing is a great way to spend time with friends and family outdoors," said Pedersen.  "We encourage all Manitobans and visiting anglers to take advantage of our amazing fisheries free of charge."

Anglers will be able to fish without a licence provincewide except in national parks where a federal licence will still be required.  Conservation limits apply to those fishing without a licence.  Anglers should be sure conditions are safe before venturing onto the ice.  It is important to let someone know where you are fishing and to wear appropriate clothing so the ice-fishing experience will be enjoyable.

Manitobans are reminded that when fishing in an Aquatic Invasive Species Control Zone, all live bait must be discarded before leaving the shoreline.  Commercially supplied dead bait that has not come into contact with water from a waterbody in an Aquatic Invasive Species Control Zone can be retained by anglers for future use.

Pedersen noted the province is also offering free park entry for the entire month of February. Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park.

For more information on fishing regulations, view the Manitoba Anglers' Guide at the link below