Fisheries society launches summer fishing challenge

Contest encourages youth to explore BC’s rivers, lakes and streams

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has launched a Summer Fishing Challenge for youth ages 15 and younger. The first 1,000 entrants who make and record at least five fishing trips are eligible to win a prize.

“We wanted to celebrate the sport of freshwater fishing which is a lot more than just catching fish; it’s about enjoying the outdoors and visiting special places that are often close to home,” stated society outreach coordinator Jessica Yarwood, in a media release. “While everyone loves to catch a fish and most trips start with high hopes, sometimes the fish just don’t bite. But those trips are still memorable and we wanted to celebrate that.”

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Entrants can download a form to fill out and return by email or fill out the online form. Full contest rules and the fishing journal are posted at gofishbc.com/Blog/Fishing-Tips/Summer-Fishing-Challenge.aspx.

Entry can be made by filling out the fishing journal or online journal by recording each fishing trip and taking a photo, which can be of the lake river scenery, people fishing or that day’s catch. Multiple trips to the same location or to different locations are allowed. Entrants are also required to correctly answer a skill testing question.

Youth who catch a fish on each of five different fishing trips can also enter to win a rod and reel; the prize will be awarded to the first 200 eligible submissions.

Entries can be sent via email to LearntoFish@gofishbc.com or submitted using the online form (with photos attached), by September 8, 2020. Parent/guardian consent is required.

BC residents under 16 years old may sport fish in fresh water without any licence or stamp, and are entitled to the legal limit of fish, according to the release. Anglers 16 and older require a BC freshwater fishing licence to sport fish.

Freshwater Fisheries Society reminds anglers to comply with the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations and practice physical distancing.

With countless lakes, rivers and streams, Powell River region has a plethora of fishing holes waiting for youthful enthusiasts to toss in a lure.

 
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