The province has announced that all weekend long, including Monday’s Louis Riel Day, anglers won’t need a licence to fish.

The free fishing will apply everywhere except in national parks where a federal licence is still required.

Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen says the province encourages all Manitobans and visiting anglers to take advantage of our amazing fisheries free of charge.

Conservation limits still apply to those fishing without a licence.

The province wants anglers to be sure conditions are safe before venturing onto the ice, adding that it’s important to let someone know where you are fishing and to wear appropriate clothing so the ice-fishing experience will be enjoyable.

As well as the free fishing this weekend, there is free park entry for the month of February in provincial parks.