Saturday, June 10, 2017
Lakespeare in Love
18th Annual Father's Day Derby and family fishing weekend with loaner rods, tackle June 16-18
Heather Leary, FFS
A fly fisher on the Vedder.
Free events held throughout the weekend offer fishing activities for everyone ranging from those new to fishing, to families who would like a fishing basics refresher to people simply interested in joining a fun group activity.
Family Fishing Weekend events have been planned throughout the Lower Mainland. Attendees learn about fishing gear, share freshwater and saltwater fishing tips, learn about environmental stewardship and the tradition of recreational fishing. These hands-on events are designed so everyone from beginner to expert has an opportunity to catch a fish. Loaner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear.
“For many BC families, Family Fishing Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” says Family Fishing Society of BC President Wayne Saito. “A free weekend of fishing is a great way to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy sport fishing across British Columbia.”
A youngster fishing the Chilliwack River.
Events are supported by the Family Fishing Society and organized by Fish and Game clubs, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, The Province, the Conservation Officer Service, municipalities, community groups, and local businesses. 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 limits, always apply; details are posted at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca or www.fishing.gov.bc.ca.
“We hold Family Fishing Weekend during Father’s Day weekend to offer kids, friends and families an activity they can enjoy together,” says Provincial Coordinator of the Family Fishing Society of BC, Owen Bird. “While some come to learn about fish and fishing, we also see many knowledgeable anglers who come to teach and share what they love about fishing. It’s great to see the passion for the sport being shared with the next generation.”
Events will be held throughout Lower Mainland
• Abbotsford Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery June 17
• Coquitlam Lafarge Lake June 18
• Chilliwack Cultus lake June 17
• New Westminster Port Royal Beach June 18
• North Vancouver Rice Lake June 18
• Richmond Berry’s Bait & Tackle June 17/June 18
• Brackendale Browning Lake June 18
• Whistler Alta Lake June 18
The Family Fishing Society of BC was established in 2001 to encourage new anglers as well as promote and coordinate Family Fishing Weekend and other angling initiatives targeted toward families and young people. 2017 marks the 18th year of the licence-free fishing weekend.