Ice fishing, it’s a great way to spend time with the family and best of all, during Alberta Family Fishing Weekend, it’s free – meaning no fishing license is required.
Grab your fishing gear and enjoy some free fishing this weekend with the family!
Alberta Family Fishing Weekend
Taking place over the Family Day Long Weekend, Albertans (and those visiting our awesome province during this time) are invited to give fishing a try on waterbodies with open fishing seasons all across Alberta.
That’s right, no fishing license is required. Of course, all regular fishing regulations apply!
Where to Go Fishing for Free in Alberta
Over 300 waterbodies are stocked annually with rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout or tiger trout.
Some great places include:
- Gull Lake
- Wabamun Lake
- Lake Isle
- Sylvan Lake
- Calling Lake
- Ghost Lake
- Cold Lake
Details for each location can be found on the Government of Alberta’s site.
Tip for Beginners
Most friends, neighbours and coworkers who loves to fish would be happy to introduce you to the sport! Make plans to go out with them this weekend and learn from someone who knows what they’re doing (and can probably lend you equipment)! Or, take advantage of a Kids Can Catch event.
Be sure to share your experience on social media! Here are some tags to help you out:
- Hashtags: #albertafishing #fishalberta #albertaconservation
- Related hashtags: #kidscancatch #kidswhofish #kidsfishing #takeakidfishing #kidsthatfish #learntofish #albertamamas
- Instagram: @alberta_conservation
More Fishing in Alberta
Free fishing weekends take place twice a year, once in February over Family Day long weekend and also in July.
If you don’t have fishing supplies and want to try your hand at ice fishing, consider renting an ice shack. These are usually stocked with everything you need! (Note: if you go any time other than Family Day weekend all adults will require a fishing license.)
Be sure to check out all our winter posts to make the most of this season.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your tackle boxes, warm clothes, hot drinks and grab your fishing rods because this fun family activity is worth it!
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