The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is encouraging youth to enjoy fishing with a new Summer Fishing Challenge.
Anglers aged 15 and younger are encouraged to enjoy the sport even more with rewards just for going fishing. The first 1,000 youth who record at least five fishing trips are eligible to win a prize from the Society.
“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,” says Jessica Yarwood, Freshwater Fisheries Society’s Outreach Coordinator.
“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.”
To enter, fill out the fishing journal or the online journal by recording each fishing trip and taking a photo during that trip. Photos can be of the lake river scenery, people fishing or that day’s catch. Photos can be of multiple trips to the same location or to different locations. 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 Blue Fox Fishing rod and reel from Luhr Jensen. The rod and reel prize will be awarded to each of the first 200 eligible submissions.
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 HERE.
Entries can be sent via e-mail to LearntoFish@gofishbc.com or submitted using the on-line form (with photos attached), by Sep. 8. Parent/guardian consent is required.
British Columbia 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. Anglers 16 and older require a B.C. freshwater fishing licence to sport fish.
Angers are reminded to comply with the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations and practice physical distancing.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, funded mainly through freshwater fishing licence revenues. In partnership with the Province, the Society annually stocks six million trout, char and kokanee salmon in 800 B.C. lakes. It also manages special hatchery programs for endangered species including white sturgeon, conducts fisheries research, education and conservation programs, and works to make angling more accessible for all.
To find out more, visit gofishbc.com.