If you’re looking for a new way to spend Family Day this year, it’s time to get off the beaten track – and on to the ice.
Ice fishing is a great way for family and friends to spend some quality time together (after all, cold temperatures are bound to encourage closeness). And it’s also a great way for children to get close to nature – and learn how to protect it for future generations.
Like any new sport, ice fishing can be intimidating to get into – especially since ordinarily, it requires a licence. That’s why every year, Family Fishing Weekend gives Albertans a chance to try ice fishing, with no licence required.
This is a great chance to try out a new sport – and to teach your children and other loved ones the ropes of responsible angling.
Of course, not every ice fishing enthusiast has a built-in tutor at their disposal. So Calgary’s Bow Habitat Station has put together a little how-to video to get you started:
Intrigued? Excited? Just want to cut through ice with a really big saw? All the details you need are here.
Remember: all normal sport fishing regulations still apply during Family Fishing Weekend. Some rules to keep in mind:
- Minimize harm to fish when catch-and-release fishing by using barbless hooks and handling fish carefully before releasing them back into the water.
- Know your area’s regulations for how many fish – and what kind of fish – you can catch this season, and make sure you know how to recognize them.
- Keep things clean: wash your fishing equipment after using it.
- National parks are not included in Free Fishing Weekend locations – click here to see where to fish this weekend.
If you’ll be taking a fishing hut with you to keep things a little warmer, just remember that the deadline to remove it is March 31st.