Minister of Natural Resources
The new Ontario Government is encouraging families to enjoy the outdoors. Ontario
residents can fish without purchasing a licence this Family Fishing Weekend, which
runs from February 16-18, 2013.
Here are a few of the ice-fishing events families can enjoy this weekend:
*The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Family Ice Fishing Day on Feb. 16,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rotary Park on Chemong Lake, Ennismore
*The Manitouwadge Family Fishing Derby at Lion's Beach on Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* The Ice Fishing Derby for Kids on Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Johnson Lake in
Families can get some fresh air and enjoy Ontario's outdoors this weekend in communities
across the province.
*Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion
in the province annually
*This year, Canadian residents can fish without a licence in Ontario from Feb. 16-18
and in the summer from July 6-14.
*Even during licence-free fishing events, it is important to follow the catch limits.
"Winter is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some family time. Whether you've
been fishing for years or are looking for a new outdoor activity, I encourage everyone
to go ice fishing during Family Fishing Weekend." - David Orazietti, Minister of
"Ice fishing is a great Canadian winter pastime and a very family-friendly activity.
If you've never tried ice fishing, this is the perfect time to head out with the
family or join one of the many Ontario family fishing events designed specifically
for newcomers to the sport. It's also a great way to spend the Family Day long weekend."
- Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters