New fishing regulations synopsis coming soon

British Columbia freshwater fishing enthusiasts have a new, up-to-date tool in their tackle box.

The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Black Press have teamed to produce the 2013-2015 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis.

The Synopsis is printed every two years as a resource for local and visiting fishers to have on hand as they enjoy B.C.’s lakes and rivers. An electronic version will also be updated periodically if regulations change.

In addition, the synopsis will also be featured in a flip book format on the websites of all Black Press newspapers in B.C.

Inside, in addition to the most current freshwater fishing regulations, readers will find details about the popular Family Fishing Weekend, an annual event scheduled for Father’s Day weekend. Timed to coincide with the licence-free weekends offered by both the federal and provincial governments, weekend events are organized in nearly 50 communities with help from the Family Fishing Society of BC. As well as encouraging youngsters to try their hand at fishing, the events are an excellent opportunity to share the importance of fish and their fragile habitat.

Other Synopsis features include a handy photo chart from the province, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation that will help fishers more easily identify the fish on their lines.

And because many of B.C.’s favourite fishing holes are found outside towns, readers will also find essential safety tips for sharing the road with logging trucks and other resource industry vehicles, how to protect themselves in bears country, and stay safe while camping.

And don’t miss the Cover Photo Contest, a chance to share photos of your experiences at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/photo.html – maybe your photo will grace the cover of the next Fishing Synopsis or the Hunting & Trapping Regulation Synopsis.