By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
Family Day will be the first of the free fishing weekends of the year – followed by Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Called Family Fishing Weekend, Canadian residents without a fishing licence can fish anywhere in Ontario from February 16 to 18, 2019.
The fishing weekend is intended to encourage people who have not previously had the experience to give it a try, as well as to encourage families to go ice fishing together. The two new events on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day build upon Family Fishing Week, which is June 29 to July 7 this year.
Cold temperatures late in January and in early February created solid ice on Long Point Bay – with reports of great catches of perch and pike, and an occasional pickerel. Even if the fishing is off, the camaraderie and experience of being on Long Point Bay in the winter is one people won’t soon forget.
During these free fishing weekends, new anglers should pay attention to the regulations as far as size limits and sanctuaries. Anglers without a license must adhere to conservation license catch limits.