It’s Family Fishing Day this Saturday

The Ladysmith Sportsmen's Club is hosting Family Fishing Day this Saturday at the Bush Creek Hatchery.

Don’t have a fishing licence?

That’s no problem this weekend, as the Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club hosts Family Fishing Day Saturday at Bush Creek Hatchery.

The event is part of the annual Family Fishing Weekend in B.C., and it gives people an opportunity to try fishing even if they don’t have a licence.

This year is the 20th year of volunteer operation at the Bush Creek Hatchery, and Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club president Dave Judson is excited to give people a chance to see what happens at the hatchery.

“It’s always great to open it up to the public and to increase awareness of the salmon enhancement work the volunteers do,” he said.

Family Fishing Day will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bush Creek Hatchery, which is accessible from Christie Road.

With support from the Eagles and local businesses, the Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. Volunteers will be there to explain the hatchery operations, and families will have a chance to fish for trout provided by Vancouver Island University and the Duncan Hatchery.

“The last time, it turned out kind of cute — the kids could catch a fish, and the old-timers were mingling with them,” said Judson. “ We’ll have a fun day. It’s nice for us because it showcases the hatchery stuff we do.”

Judson is excited to get children down to the hatchery and to get them interested in its operations and all the volunteer work that can be done.

“We have guys out there, my oldest guy is 86,” he noted. “My kids were raised there. Being born and raised right here, I take it for granted, but a lot of people don’t have access to all this.”

For more information about Family Fishing Day, contact Dave Judson at 250-245-3690.