BROCKVILLE – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark is inviting families to participate in free fishing on the Family Day weekend.
From February 16 to 18, Canadian residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence, said Clark.
“Nowhere in Ontario is there a better place to get out and discover the joys of ice fishing than in Leeds and Grenville. This upcoming Family Day weekend is a great opportunity to experience licence-free ice fishing and is a reminder that fishing is a year-round sport – not just a summer hobby,” said Clark. “I can’t think of a better way to bring families together and to get children hooked on fishing.”
Details about all local events in Ontario, including the annual Wolf Howl Fishing Derby on Wolfe Lake near Westport, can be found by visiting:http://www.ontariofamilyfishing.com/
“We want to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors by providing a fun and affordable way to connect with each other and with nature,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Whether you are a fishing enthusiast or a first-timer, this is an opportunity to create lasting memories with family and friends, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this weekend – I know I will.”
Family Day weekend is the first of four free fishing events in 2019. The Ontario government continues to reduce barriers, making it easier for people to explore different angling opportunities and enjoy Ontario’s world-class lakes, rivers and streams.
“Our government is committed to making life more affordable, which is why we have introduced two new licence-free fishing events this year on the weekends of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,” said Yakabuski. “This is in addition to our decision to freeze fishing licence fees and remove the $2 service fee in 2019.”
Anglers are reminded to stay safe and to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish. For ice safety tips and more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/page/ice-fishing#section-5.
- Additional 2019 licence-free fishing events include Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 and 12, 2019), Father’s Day weekend (June 15 and 16, 2019), and Family Fishing Week (June 29 to July 7, 2019).
- The free fishing events are coordinated through a partnership between the Ontario government and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
- Ontario’s recreational fishing industry generates $2.2 billion annually.