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Break out your rods and reels: Winter Family Fishing Weekend planned

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Manitobans and visitors will be able to fish without a licence Feb. 19-21, the province announced this morning in proclaiming the first Winter Family Fishing Weekend.

"We encourage Manitobans and visitors to take advantage of this free ice fishing weekend as a healthy winter activity and an opportunity to enjoy Manitoba’s great outdoors," Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said in a news release.

For the Louis Riel weekend only, anglers will be able to ice fish without a provincial licence in all waters except those in federal parks, where a federal licence will still be required.

The province is reminding fishers to check ice conditions and not to litter.

Each adult angler who would normally require a licence will be allowed to keep a limit of four walleye or sauger, four pike, two smallmouth bass, two stocked trout, one channel catfish and one lake trout, in keeping with the limits normally in place for a conservation licence.

Children under the age of 16 who are Manitoba residents are exempted from licensing year-round and entitled to their own limits as per an adult angling licence.

More information and specific regulations by area is available in the 2010 Manitoba Anglers’ Guide. More information can also be obtained by calling 945-6784 or by visiting www.manitobafisheries.com.

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