Fish for free, have a great family outing and enter to win prizes at a Family Fishing event at Two Lakes in Alexis Creek this Father’s Day weekend.
The Family Fishing Society of B.C., supported by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, is inviting experienced anglers and novices of all ages to enjoy a day on the water for free as part of an effort to get more British Columbians hooked on fishing. Create your own fishing adventure or join one of the many organized events around the province.
BC’s Family Fishing Weekend will allow people to explore one of the province’s thousands of lakes, rivers, streams or tidal waters for free, compliments of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
In addition to Two Lakes in Alexis Creek, other areas the organized event is taking place include No Name Lake in 100 Mile House, Kelly Lake in Clinton, Dease Lake, the Kitimat Rod and Gun Club, Williston Lake in MacKenzie, “Wood Wheaton Lake” in Prince George (a temporary facility at the Wood Wheaton dealership in the city), Ten Mile Lake in Quesnel, Lakelse Lake Park in Terrace, and the Deep Creek Hatchery in Terrace.
The event also offers an opportunity to become a Fishing Buddy and pledge to introduce at least one friend to fishing this year or sign up for a Learn to Fish class and learn the basics from one of our expert instructors. Both the Family Fishing Weekend and the Fishing Buddies Program share the goal of encouraging British Columbians to enjoy B.C.’s world-class sport fishing opportunities and to become more aware of our natural resources.
DFO is also offering free saltwater fishing over Fathers’ Day weekend and as with the provincial program, certain regulations apply. For details visit www.gofishbc.com or www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
“For many BC families, Family Fishing Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” said Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. “A free weekend of fishing is a great way to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy sport fishing across British Columbia.”
The 13th annual Family Fishing Weekend is supported by the B.C. government, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Walmart Canada. The weekend of June 15-17 will be celebrated with free fishing across the province and at 47 separate organized events province wide.
“These events offer a great opportunity to learn how to fish and share an appreciation for the pastime and aquatic resources in a fun and supervised environment,” said executive director of the Family Fishing Society of B.C. Owen Bird. “The hundreds of volunteers who organize and participate in these events are passionate about fishing and even more passionate about passing on their love of the sport. They really are the heart of Family Fishing Weekend.”
British Columbia boasts some of North America’s finest sport fishing opportunities and the Family Fishing Society has been awarded the 2012 National Recreational Fishing Award for its efforts to introduce thousands of young people and families to the sport.
A complete list of the 47 participating communities, locations and event descriptions, along with step-by-step fishing instructions can be found at www.bcfamilyfishing.com.