June 16, 2016
Bait a Hook
Day at Hatchery
Heather Leary, GoFish BC
Voice file photo Fraser
fishing offers a great way for families to spend time together as it is an
activity enjoyed by all ages, is something the whole family can experience
at the same time and often there is a reward at the end of the fun.
During Father's Day weekend families will have
even more opportunities to enjoy fishing together during the 17th annual
Family Fishing Weekend June 17 to 19. To make Family Fishing Weekend events
accessible to everyone the events are free and participants do not have to
buy a fishing licence.
On Saturday, June 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Freshwater Fisheries
Society of BC is celebrating Family Fishing Day at its Fraser Valley Trout
Hatchery pond in Abbotsford. The event offers activities for freshwater
fishers of all experience levels.
For beginners, Freshwater Fisheries staff at
the Learn to Fish booth will assist with casting techniques, proper fish
handling and getting the fishing rod ready. Rapala fishing gear may be
borrowed for free from the hatchery.
Due to the popularity of this event guests who wish to take a turn at the
fish pond are asked to register for a time on arrival. Fishing sessions last
20 minutes and fill quickly. Those who plan to keep their catch are reminded
to bring a cooler.
In addition to fishing there are arts and crafts stations, tours of the fish
hatchery, a concession stand, door prizes and a live fish release at 12:50
pm. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
Thanks to the Province of B.C., Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat
Conservation Trust Foundation, and federal Department of Fisheries and
Oceans, Canadian residents can try fishing B.C.'s lakes, rivers, streams,
and tidal waters without purchasing a licence.
Family Fishing Weekend events will be held across the province over the
Father's Day weekend. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will present a
Learn to Fish booth and offer Rapala fishing rods to borrow for free at
events around the province.
* June 18 Victoria- Malahat Outdoor Sport Centre- 10am-3pm
* June 18- Trail- Champion Lakes - 1pm-4pm
* June 19- Coquitlam- Lafarge lake - 9am-1pm
* June 19- Kamloops- Walloper Lake 10am - 2pm
* June 19- Nanaimo- Colliery Dam Park - 10am-2pm
* June 19- North Vancouver- Rice Lake - 10am-3pm
A complete list of participating communities, locations, and event
descriptions, along with step-by-step fishing instructions, can be found at
www.bcfamilyfishing.com. Freshwater and tidal fishing regulations,
including daily catch quotas, always apply; details are posted at
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