Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

February 10, 2011 12:59 ET

Go Fishing, No Remote Control or Assembly Required!

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend Means No License Required

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) - Fire up the auger, and dust off your ice fishing rod! Across Ontario, licence-free fishing opportunities are back for the Family Day long weekend, February 19-21, 2011. Instead of watching outdoor adventure programs on television, families are invited to take part in their own ice fishing adventure. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the winter license-free weekend. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) who help to organize the weekend, anticipate that participation will double for 2011, with thousands of people expected to take to the ice.

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend events run twice a year, during the long weekend in February and for nine days in July. Families are encouraged to head out on their own or take part in one of the over 100 events being planned by outdoor clubs and community groups.

"Many people express interest in fishing, yet are faced by barriers. Ontario Family Fishing Weekend aims to break down these barriers by offering Canadian residents the opportunity to fish Ontario waters licence-free February 19-21," says Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Outreach Programs Coordinator Alesha Caldwell. "As a child, my first opportunity to pick up a rod and go fishing was with my family on Ontario Family Fishing Weekend. We hope to give many more children that chance this February 19-21."

Although Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 65 do not need a licence to fish Ontario waters during the specially designated weekend, all other regulations apply, including conservation fishing license catch limits. Check the Fishing Ontario 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for full details. The summary can be found online at www.ontario.ca/fishing and in print from ServiceOntario centres.

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend is an initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources, brought to you by the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend Steering Committee, which is comprised of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ministry of Natural Resources, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association.

Visit www.familyfishingweekend.com for a complete list of community events.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Lezlie Goodwin, Manager of Communications
    705-748-6324 ext 270
    Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Alesha Caldwell
    O.F.A.H. Outreach Programs Coordinator
    705-748-6324 ext. 105