Free fishing this weekend

Albertans of all ages are encouraged to try their hand at reeling in a fish – no licence required – as part of free fishing weekend

Albertans of all ages are encouraged to try their hand at reeling in a fish – no licence required – as part of free fishing weekend, July 7 and 8.

Free fishing weekend is an excellent way for first-time anglers to experience a great Albertan pastime. Residents can fish for free in any public water body in the province outside of national parks, with an open fishing season.

Fishing may be free, but Alberta’s sportsfishing regulations still apply. Before you head out, be sure to get a copy of the 2012 Alberta Guide to Sportsfishing Regulations at any Fish and Wildlife office or wherever licences are sold. The guide can also be downloaded at www.mywildalberta.com.

Alberta has two free fishing weekends each year on the Family Day weekend in February and during the summer to coincide with National Fishing Week.

For more information about where to fish, what rules to follow and how to properly handle and identify fish species, visit www.facebook.com/BowHabitatStation or the new Angling in Alberta Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Angling-in-Alberta/.

Submitted – Special to Sylvan Lake News