Participation in Free Fishing Weekend encouraged

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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Like fishing? Grab a fishing road, string some line through it and cast it out into one of Saskatchewan's thousands of rivers and lakes.

Maybe you could be the next Jamie Smith of Moose Jaw, who pulled a 22lb 10 ounce pike out of Buffalo Pound Lake.

The province's annual Free Fishing Weekend arrives this weekend (July 12-13) and everyone is encouraged to participate.

You don't even have to be a Saskatchewan resident to exercise the opportunity to fish without a license. Visitors are also encouraged to try and catch one of the approximately 70 species of fish that wade through the province's waterways.

Among the most common species of fish are northern pike and walleye, while yellow perch are abundant in southern fishing zones.

The Free Fishing Weekend does not, however, apply to waterways in national parks. 

"The Free Fishing Weekend is an excellent chance for people to enjoy fishing in some of the province’s beautiful lakes and waterways," Environment Minister Scott Moe said in a news release. "It is also a weekend to get visitors hooked on the great scenery and fishing opportunities Saskatchewan offers."

Fishermen and fisherwomen are also encouraged to submit photos of their catches to Tourism Saskatchewan’s ExploreSask Photo Contest. 

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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