Two opportunities to enjoy and learn about fishing are taking place locally as part of the B.C. Family Fishing Weekend events around the province this weekend.
Biff’s Ponds will be hosting a family fishing event Sunday, June 15 at 2710 Dog Creek Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 250-392-7460.
The event is hosted by the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association and the Sandpiper Fly Fishing, and Cariboo Chilcotin Fishers.
Another event is taking place at Two Lakes at Alexis Creek Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by the Chilcotin Rod and Gun Club. For information call 250-394-4434.
The 15th annual Family Fishing Weekend is an opportunity to fish B.C.’s lakes, rivers, and streams for free, compliments of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. No fishing licences are required June 13 to 15 although regulations still apply and details are posted at www.fishing.gov.bc.ca.
Hosted by The Family Fishing Society of BC and volunteer led community groups, Family Fishing Weekend events feature hands–on help for beginners, fish identification and habitat conservation information and the fun of fishing and catching fish. Loner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear.
Other fishing opportunities are available throughout the region including the 14th annual Lac La Hache Father’s Day Fishing Derby June 14 and 15 hosted by Kokanee Bay Resort. Again for this weekend no fishing licences are required for B.C. residents.
There will be bonus draws, a silent auction and hamburgers and hot dog sales on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Entry tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
“Summer for many B.C. families is about spending time together in the outdoors and Family Fishing Weekend is the perfect way to kick off the season,” said Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. “A licence-free weekend of fishing as well as fishing rods available for borrowing makes it very accessible to families looking for an affordable and interactive way to spend time together.”