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The best fishing spots around Saskatoon for a free fishing weekend

The best fishing spots around Saskatoon for a free fishing weekend
The best fishing spots around Saskatoon for a free fishing weekend

If you want to try casting a rod, Saturday is the best day to start.

Saturday marks the start of Saskatchewan’s free fishing weekend, meaning anyone can fish without a permit on July 9 and 10.

“It’s just an opportunity to get people out on the water and fishing,” said Adam Matichuk, a fisheries biologist with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

According to him, the best fishing spots near Saskatoon include Blackstrap Lake, Brightwater Reservoir, Bradwell Reservoir and Zelma Reservoir.

“With those fisheries, we’re seeing our native fish species — walleye, pike — in most of those lakes. Some of them, like Blackstrap and Brightwater for example, have whitefish as well,” Matichuk explained.

“There is a wide variety of species in the river, so there are those and others.”

If you’re unable to leave the city, he said the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation has a rainbow trout pond at their facility that is open to the public.

“It’s great to go out there, catch fish, take them home and eat them. I think that’s what a fishing experience is all about,” Matichuk said.

“But it’s also great to catch and release those fish and just enjoy the time you have fishing and catching fish.”

Saskatchewan’s Free Fishing Weekend excludes national parks.

Tips for new fishermen

– Check the rules in the fishing guide.

– Check the weather conditions before you leave.

– Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to be back, purely for safety reasons.