The annual Family Fishing Weekend takes place Saturday, June 15 at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The annual Family Fishing Weekend takes place Saturday, June 15 at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery hosts event for Family Fishing Weekend

Free fishing, door prizes and more at event on Saturday, June 15 in Abbotsford

The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery holds its annual Family Fishing Weekend event on Saturday, June 15.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hatchery, 34345 Vye Rd. in Abbotsford. Registration for a fishing time slot begins at 8 a.m.

Rapala fishing rods are available at no charge for anyone who wants to fish but doesn’t have gear.

Learn to Fish sessions will be offered, covering basic fishing skills as well as tips on using the gear.

Participants can also enjoy themed arts and crafts, a concession and door prizes.

Kids are invited to be part of a live fish release at 12:50 p.m. Hatchery staff will transfer fish into buckets, allowing every child the opportunity to release their own bucket of fish into the Learn to Fish pond.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the day, including door prizes and derby prizes such as first fish, tagged fish and hidden weights.

Participants are welcome to keep their catch and are encouraged to have a cooler on hand.

Family Fishing Weekend began with a dozen events focused in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan and has grown to offer events in nearly every corner of the province.

There are seven such events taking place in the Lower Mainland this weekend.

Fishing licence requirements are waived for the event, which is supported by the Family Fishing Society.

Visit bcfamilyfishing.com for more info.