Fish Licence-Free On February Family Fishing Weekend

    Local Events February 23 and 24 Highlight Conservation And Staying Safe
    On Ice

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Family Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity
for families and friends to get outdoors and enjoy a popular winter sport
    "Families can use this annual licence-free weekend as an opportunity to
try a great winter activity and have a good time, while taking all precautions
to ensure ice conditions permit safe fishing," said Natural Resources Minister
Donna Cansfield.
    Where safe ice conditions permit, local events include:

      -  Children's Fishing Day on Anderson Lake near Espanola, sponsored by
         the Espanola Game and Fish club, February 23.
      -  The 3rd Annual Fishing Derby on Nighthawk Lake near Timmins,
         February 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      -  The Georgian Bay Get Outdoors Club Ice Fishing Derby at Georgian Bay
         Landing, February 24 starting at 10 a.m.
      -  Family Fishing Derby, Shirley's Bay, Ottawa River sponsored by the
         West Carleton Sportsmen Association, February 23 starting at 9 a.m.
      -  The Pike "Catch-em & Keep-em" Derby, February 23 on Crowe Lake west
         of Marmora.

    During the Family Fishing Weekend, Canadian residents can fish
licence-free in any public waters across Ontario, except those with a closed
season. Anyone fishing licence-free must follow the conservation licence
limits set out in the 2008-2009 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.
Information on these limits will be available at each participating site.
Anglers should also check the summary for regulations on season closures and
gear and bait restrictions, which must be observed.
    The Family Fishing Weekend is supported by a partnership of the Ministry
of Natural Resources, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the
Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, the Canadian National Sportfishing
Foundation, the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association, and Fisheries
and Oceans Canada.
    For more information about Ontario Family Fishing Weekend and local
events, please visit

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Media Calls Only: David Bauer, Minister's
Office, (416) 314-2212; Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch,
(416) 314-2106

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