The first 1,000 youth who record at least five fishing trips in the BC Summer Fishing Challenge are eligible to win a prize from the society. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Summer Fishing Challenge encourages youth to explore B.C. freshwater fishing

“It’s about enjoying the outdoors and visiting special places that are often close to home.”

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has launched the Summer Fishing Challenge to help anglers 15 and younger enjoy B.C.’s rivers, lakes and streams even more with rewards just for going fishing.

The first 1,000 youth who record at least five fishing trips are eligible to win a prize from the society.

“We wanted to celebrate the sport of freshwater fishing, which is a lot more than just catching fish,” said Jessica Yarwood, FFS outreach co-ordinator.

“It’s about enjoying the outdoors and visiting special places that are often close to home. While everyone loves to catch a fish and most trips start with high hopes, sometimes the fish just don’t bite. But those trips are still memorable and we wanted to celebrate that.”

To enter, fill out the fishing journal or the online journal by recording each fishing trip and taking a photo during that trip. Photos can be of the lake river scenery, people fishing or that day’s catch. Photos can be of multiple trips to the same location or to different locations. Entrants are also required to correctly answer a skill-testing question.

Youth who catch a fish on each of five different fishing trips can also enter to win a Blue Box Fishing rod and reel from Luhr Jensen.

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The rod and reel prize will be awarded to each of the first 200 eligible submissions.

To participate, anglers can download a form to fill out and return by e-mail or fill out the online form.

Full contest rules and the fishing journal are posted online at

Entries can be sent via e-mail to or submitted using the online form, with photos attached, by Sept. 8, 2020. Parent or guardian consent is required.

B.C. residents under 16 years old are allowed to sport fish in fresh water without a licence or stamp, and are entitled to the legal limit of fish. Anglers 16 and older require a B.C. freshwater fishing licence to sport fish.

Anglers are reminded to comply with the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations and practice physical distancing.

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