(Go Fish BC / Facebook)

Families and fishing lovers, listen up!

From Friday, June 16th to Sunday, June 18th Canadian residents (people who have lived in Canada for the preceding 12 months) won’t be required to purchase a license to partake in the joys of fishing!

Grab your dad, your friends, and your furry family members too for a worry-free weekend on the lake or river.

Victoria will be throwing a BC Family Fishing event on Saturday, June 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in celebration of this cool opportunity!

All you have to do is fill out a waiver and come to the Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association campground prepped and ready to catch some rainbow trout.

(Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association / Facebook)

Across BC, there are more than a thousand lakes and rivers included in this three-day event, so you don’t even have to stick to one if you’re feeling indecisive!

Just make sure to check out the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for a full list of areas you can fish and what species are fair game!

Additionally, you can check out this map of locations!

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has also offered the opportunity to go saltwater fishing for free too — but, like the freshwater, there will be some regulation.

For example, if you’re fishing species that usually require a conservation surcharge stamp (steelhead, Shuswap Lake rainbow trout and char, Kootenay Lake rainbow trout, white sturgeon, and salmon in both tidal and non-tidal waters), then you’ll still require a license or stamp.

Same goes for fishing in Classified Waters (highly productive trout streams, listed as Class I or Class II waters in the water-specific tables of the fishing regulations).

According to the Freshwater Fisheries website, anglers must always adhere to catch quotas and regulations.

And that’s it! Grab your poles and let’s go!

BC Family Fishing Weekend

  • Where: 
    • Throughout the province of BC!
    • Victoria specific event: Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association, 700 Holker Place
  • When: 
    • Friday, June 16th to Sunday, June 18th
    • Victoria specific event: Saturday, June 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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