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Free fishing this weekend during winter family weekend

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Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh asked Manitobans to get off the couch this long weekend, and for their kids to turn off the computer, to participate in the province’s third annual Winter Family Fishing Weekend.

From Saturday to Monday no licence is needed anywhere in the province for anglers, except in national parks where a federal licence is required. Family Fishing Weekends have been offered since 1992. This is only the third winter Family Fishing Weekend.

"Whether you live in the country or the cities of our province, there are excellent fishing opportunities all around us," Mackintosh said. "I hope many families take the opportunity to spend time together enjoying the beauty and bounty of our many lakes and rivers."

For the second year, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation is holding an amateur photo contest to promote ice fishing as a fun family activity.

"Families can take a picture of their ice-fishing experience and post the photos to our Facebook page by Feb. 22," Reid Woods, president of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, said. "Three winners will be drawn at random for a chance to win some terrific prizes."

For information on the free fishing weekend or current conservation limits, call 204-945-6784 or view the 2012 Manitoba Angler's Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com

Weekend events includes fishing and outdoor activities at Marsh Lake at Spruce Woods Park on Saturday and at Birds Hill Park on Sunday.

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