Manitobans are able to enjoy free access to provincial parks this weekend and those wishing to fish may do so without acquiring a licence.
“Whether it is your first time casting or you are an experienced angler, there is something for everyone in Manitoba’s lakes and rivers,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “There are endless opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors in Manitoba. This weekend is an ideal time for families to try something new or revisit a favourite place together.”
Summer Family Fishing Weekend takes place on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. On these days, anglers may fish without a licence throughout the province and keep up to a conservation licence limit of fish. This includes four walleye/sauger, four northern pike, two smallmouth bass, one lake trout, one channel catfish and two stocked trout. Regular limits apply for anyone who already has a regular angling licence.
Families are also encouraged to explore one of the provinces many provincial parks this weekend. From Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14, provincial park vehicle permits are not required for visitors.
“Our provincial parks offer a great opportunity for Manitobans to experience nature, get some exercise and spend quality time with their family and friends, while safely following the social distancing protocols,” said Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard. “From wide-open spaces, to dense forests, to winding trails and countless rivers, lakes and beaches, there is so much to see and explore in our beautiful provincial parks.”
Outside of family fishing weekends, all anglers are required to obtain an angling licence to fish in Manitoba, unless exempt. They must be printed and signed to be valid, and must be carried while fishing. Angling licences are available online and at a number of participating vendors across Manitoba.
For more information and to purchase an angling licence, visit manitobaelicensing.ca. Since the new e-licensing system was launched on April 9, more than 70,000 angling licences have been sold in Manitoba.
All other angling regulations still apply during Summer Family Fishing Weekend, including regulations for individual waters. Anglers are reminded that a federal angling licence will still be required to fish in national parks. For more information on all provincial fishing regulations, refer to the 2020 Manitoba Anglers’ Guide at gov.mb.ca.