You may be getting real sick and tired of staring at your family at home by this point of Covid Winter in Alberta… The struggle is real and movie nights are getting old. We decided to mix it up a bit and try ice fishing! Last year my kiddo and I went ice fishing with my brother and let me tell you, my then 7 year old thought it was the coolest thing! He has been begging to do it again, but with Covid restrictions and not having the proper equipment ourselves, we just hadn’t been able.
Then I got the idea of renting an ice fishing shack from an ad I scrolled past one day on Instagram. Perfect!
Kid Can Catch is a program that takes place across Alberta and teaches kids all about fishing which includes proper ways to bait a hook, where to drop a line, and what to do once a fish has been caught.
Several Kids Can Catch events have been organized for this season across Alberta and best of all they are free. Get all the details for each of the events by clicking on the individual links below.
Events can vary from drop-in to requiring registration so make sure you check the event that you’re looking to attend.
All children attending this event must be accompanied by an adult and youth 15 and under do not require a fishing license. Anyone 16-64 years that plans to fish will need a license. While the program does have some rods that can be borrowed during the event if you have your own make sure that you bring it!
For more details about Kids Can Catch events visit www.ab-conservation.com/events/kids-can-catch/
It only happens twice a year (once in February) and July 8th & 9th- Free Family Fishing in Alberta! What does that actually mean?
- You do NOT need a fishing license on these two days!
- It is available for all residents of Alberta AND visitors to the province on water bodies with open fishing seasons.
- Fishing regulations still apply- ie: areas typically closed to sport fishing, possession rules, etc. You can get all the Sportfishing regulations here.
- This is not valid in National Parks.
This is a great opportunity to try fishing with the kids before committing to paying for a license. There are lots of stocked lakes in the province, so you can increase your odds of some action! There are even a few stocked lakes and ponds around Edmonton, including Leduc, Stony Plain and Vegreville. Or, make a full weekend out of it and head to an Alberta Parks Campground to really relax!
Get out there and enjoy all of the fabulous nature this great province has to offer! Have you been fishing with your kids before? I’d love to hear about it, email@example.com.