Fish for free on Family Fishing Weekend

The 14th Annual BC Family Fishing Weekend takes place June 14-16

The 14th Annual BC Family Fishing Weekend is June 14-16, and it’s a time when Canadian citizens can fish in most British Columbia lakes and streams without purchasing a fishing licence.

During the annual celebration of sport fishing, people are encouraged to take family and friends fishing on the Father’s Day weekend. It’s the perfect event for anyone who has ever wanted to try fishing and spend time in the outdoors.

The South Cariboo is full of fish-producing lakes, and in some, such as Green Lake, fishing is accessible from the shore.

Brian Williams, president of the Lone Butte Fish and Wildlife Association says the Y, near the east end of North Green Lake Road is a great place to fish if you don’t have a boat. Drop a line by the culvert or wade into the shallow bay, he adds.

“Green Lake is good fishing when it’s hot.”

Irish Lake is easily accessible with a boat and it offers nice rainbow trout, as does Sheridan Lake, with numerous access points on both sides of the lake.

Folks should consider participating in a fishing derby.

The Forest Grove Rod & Gun Club hosts its annual derby June 15-16 at Howard Lake, with registration June 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. It costs $10 for adults and children 16 years and under are free.

The annual Lac la Hache Father’s Day Fishing Derby takes place June 15-16 at Kokanee Bay on Lac la Hache.

Registration for the Lac la Hache derby is at Kokanee Bay Resort, Lac la Hache Food Mart, Hungry Bear Diner, Donex, and Chilcotin Guns in Williams Lake. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 12 years and under.