Manitobans will be allowed to go ice fishing without an angling license this coming weekend. 

Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt announced today that Winter Family Fishing Weekend runs February 18th to 20th. 

"Everyone can enjoy ice fishing for free this weekend without requiring an angling license," says Nesbitt. "There's no better way to spend a winter day in Manitoba than ice fishing with family and friends, while also enjoying free admission to provincial parks during the month of February."

The exception for this weekend is national parks where a federal angling license is still required. 

Anglers may retain up to a conservation license limit of fish, which includes four walleye/sauger, four northern pike, two smallmouth bass, one lake trout, one channel catfish and two stocked trout. Regular limits apply for those who already have a regular angling license and all other angling regulations apply during this weekend, including regulations for individual waters.

For more information on all provincial angling regulations, refer to the 2022 Manitoba Anglers' Guide at

To ensure ice fishing is safe and enjoyable, anglers should always check ice conditions before travelling onto ice, wear weather-appropriate clothing and advise someone where they will be fishing.