The annual BC Family Fishing Weekend took place this past weekend. Residents and visitors of British Columbia were invited to participate in recreational fishing without the need of purchasing a licence. As if it’s BC’s tradition, it rained throughout the entire weekend! Despite of the gloomy weather, it definitely did not stop people from wanting to wet a line.
During this annual festival, community events take part across the province, where experienced anglers volunteer their time to pass on the passion to newcomers. In the Lower Mainland, four popular events are usually well attended. They are BC Federation of Drift Fishers‘ Lafarge Lake Family Fishing Day, Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery’s open house, Greg Clark Memorial Family Fishing Derby and Seymour Salmonid Society’s Family Fishing Day.
This year, I dropped by Lafarge Lake to see BCFDF’s event and was surprised by how popular this event was. The rain gradually became heavier as the morning went by yet the crowd continued to grow. The organizer, Cam Aronetz, who has put on this event since BC Family Fishing Weekend was formed, sets up a special net pen where hundreds of rainbow trout are held so kids have a better chance of catching one.
We attended Seymour Salmonid Society’s family fishing day at Rice Lake as an exhibitor as usual on Sunday. This is an event that we have been involved since it was established in 2002 and it has been a pleasure to watch its growth in the past decade. Many of our website visitors came by and had a chat with us, so we thank you for all the support!
While we did not make it to Greg Clark’s Memorial Family Fishing Derby this year, I have been told by Fraser Valley Salmon Society that they had record attendance, with over 900 registered derby participants!
This year, I have the honour to become a board member of the Family Fishing Weekend Society and I look forward to offer my skills on web marketing to make these events more successful in future years.
Here are some photographs from the weekend.