Free fishing weekend June 1 and 2

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is encouraging people to try their hand at fishing during Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend.

During the event on June 1st and 2nd, both residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence and partake in a number of fishing derbies being held across the province.

According to a press release, more than 80,000 people participate in sportfishing each year, which makes it one of the province's most popular active outdoor sports and brings in about $65-million to the provincial economy each year.

The province is reminding all anglers, regardless of skill level, to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.

During the regular season, sportfishing in Nova Scotia requires a fishing licence that can be purchased at Department of Lands and Forrestry office or at any of the locations listed here.

Although a sportfishing licence is not required to fish June 1st and 2nd, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture says all bag limits and other regulations still apply.

A list of fishing derbies being held today and throughout the season can be found here.