PETERBOROUGH – The 12th Annual OFAH Family Ice Fishing Day is going virtual during Family Day Weekend due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions.
“The OFAH is thrilled to continue the tradition of this showcase community event in a virtual format, which will provide a great outdoors experience for children and families to participate in,” states Angelo Lombardo, executive director of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “There is no better time to get outside and go ice fishing with your family than during the licence-free Family Day Weekend”.
There are three easy ways for Ontario residents to participate:
- Register your family ice fishing plans at www.ontariofamilyfishing.com to receive a free fishing package (while supplies last).
- Visit www.tackleshare.com to learn how to ice fish through the new TackleShare YouTube Channel videos.
- Send photos of your family ice fishing to TackleShare social media accounts for a chance to win prizes.
Running from February 13 to 15, the OFAH Family Ice Fishing Day is a terrific way for children to learn the sport of ice fishing and, hopefully, start them on the road to making it a lifelong passion.
Virtual event start: Saturday, February 13 at 12:00 a.m.
Virtual event end: Monday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m.
TackleShare is an initiative of the OFAH and is proudly supported by Ontario Power Generation (OPG). TackleShare loans fishing equipment to the public at more than 140 loaner sites across Ontario – and new in 2021 – staff are teaching how to fish via weekly videos posted online. TackleShare is designed to break down the barriers that prevent new and young anglers from getting out on the water and enjoying the excitement of fishing. Follow TackleShare on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.tackleshare.com for details.
OPG is a climate change leader and Ontario’s largest, clean electricity provider, and proud title sponsor of the TackleShare program. OPG reminds the public that water levels can change quickly and without warning during the winter months, making ice conditions unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Ice forming near OPG dams and stations is often much thinner than ice elsewhere due to the changing flows and water conditions. This ice is not safe for winter activities such as ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The areas near OPG
dams and stations have warning signs, buoys, fences, booms and barriers to warn people of the dangers of coming too close. Visit www.opg.com/watersafety for more information.
The OFAH is the largest non-profit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization in Ontario with more than 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 740 member clubs. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.
For media inquiries, contact:
OFAH Fishing Programs Outreach Liaison
705-748-6324, ext. 284
Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
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