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Free fishing weekend August 23/24 but don’t mess with the shoreline!

For those residents who don’t already have a season fishing licence, the weekend of August 23 and 24 will be Saskatchewan’s second free fishing weekend of the summer.  Everyone – including visitors – will be free to fish on those days without having to buy a licence.

Because of the storms last month, people may not have been able to take advantage of the Free Fishing Weekend in July, so the Ministry of the Environment has decided to offer up the opportunity for everyone to enjoy another free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.

“Free fishing weekend is a good time to try your luck fishing in one of Saskatchewan’s wonderful lakes and rivers, and to introduce new anglers to one of the province’s most popular outdoor activities,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said.  “Sport fishing attracts more than 225,000 residents and visitors to our province, and generates more than $300 million each year.”

Free Fishing Weekend does not occur in national parks, and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must purchase a licence.  All other fishing regulations apply, including possession limits, reduced limits and closed areas on some lakes and rivers.

More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2014 Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide, available wherever fishing licences are sold, or online at saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

Meanwhile, two Lloydminster men were fined a total of $11,200 in Meadow Lake Provincial Court for unauthorized alteration of the shoreline at Lac des Isles without a permit.

Lac des Ilses

Lorne Newcombe and Duwayne Springer of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan were convicted of one count each under Section 36(1)c of the Environmental Management and Protection Act for unlawfully removing vegetation along the shoreline at Christel Beach on Lac des Isles near Goodsoil, Saskatchewan.  In addition to fines of $5,600 each, the men were also ordered to replace the vegetation that had been removed, with which they have complied.

Conservation officers investigated a complaint in July of 2013 and found that the vegetation had been cleared down to the edge of the water.  Lac des Isles is an important recreational fishing area and the shoreline area is valuable for fish habitat.

“It is important that property owners around lakes find ways to carry out development without damaging the environment,” Environmental and Municipal Management Services Executive Director Sam Ferris said.  “When conducting work in and around water, residents are asked to contact the nearest Water Security Agency regional office.”

A conviction for altering a creek or shoreline without the proper permits carries a maximum fine of $1 million.

If someone suspects an environmental violation call toll-free Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-667-7651 or #5555 for SaskTel cell phone subscribers, or report a violation online at Saskatchewan.ca/conservation.  Those who report a violation may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.


Frozen ground delays Unity pool construction

Although progress is being made at the site of Unity’s new swimming pool, weather has also caused some delays. According to Unity’s director of culture, parks and recreation, Nicole Goldsworthy, it is unlikely the Unity Credit Union Aquatic Centre will be ready for June 1 as originally hoped.

In order to provide swimming lessons and recreational swimming as usual for community and area residents, the old pool will be used.

Goldsworthy said, “After a meeting on February 24, 2014 with Town Council and Paradise LeisureScapes, it was determined that the installation of the walls could not proceed until the frost is out of the ground and that will likely be in May. There is still six weeks of work left to install the walls and another two weeks to pour the swimming pool deck. At the earliest, the Town of Unity may be able to open the new pool mid-July if everything stays on schedule.”

The maintenance and equipment building is almost complete, while construction on the new change house will start “as soon as possible and will be completed over the summer.”

Although the work is a little behind schedule, enough has been done to date that ensures the Town of Unity will still receive the $250,000 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

Unity Credit Union Aquatic Centre