Ontarians can fish without buying a licence this Family Day weekend, February 13th to the 15th, as part of Family Fishing Weekend.
Anglers are encouraged to stay safe on the ice when venturing out:
Check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers. At least 10 centimetres (four inches) of clear blue ice is required to walk on, 20 centimetres (eight inches) for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres (12 inches) or more is needed for most light vehicles. This thickness should be doubled if the ice is white or opaque.
Let others know where you’re planning to fish and when you plan to return.
Appropriate clothing and equipment are critical to safety and comfort. Many anglers wear floatation suits and carry a set of ice picks.
Even though it is a Free Fishing weekend, anglers are reminded to follow rules including conservation licence limits in the 2016 Fishing Regulations Summary.
So get outside and enjoy some fresh air this weekend, and bundle up because it will be a cold one!