Families forego fishing licences

NANAIMO – The 14th annual Family Fishing Weekend takes place June 14-16.

Fishing without a licence is not only legal this weekend, it’s encouraged.

The 14th annual Family Fishing Weekend, presented by the Family Fishing Society of B.C. and hosted by volunteer-led community groups, is part of an ongoing effort to get more people hooked on the angling sport.

Besides the opportunity to fish B.C.’s lakes, rivers, streams, tidal and salt waters for free June 14-16, compliments of the provincial and federal governments, there will be a free event at Westwood Lake Saturday (June 15).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be games, crafts, a trout release, search and rescue demonstrations, fly fishing casting demonstrations and, of course, learn to fish sessions.

The provincewide event is made possible by financial support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and the province, as well as material and volunteer donations from numerous organizations and businesses.

For more information about the Westwood Lake event, please go to www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/departments/parks-recreation-culture/CommunityEventsPlanning.html.

For regulation details, please visit www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca or www.gofishbc.com.