Even if you're not a regular fisher complete with a HAL (hunting and angling license) provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, you can still try it out this long weekend.

February 18-20 is Free Fishing Weekend in Saskatchewan - the perfect opportunity to give ice fishing a try, without having to purchase a fishing licence.

The weather this weekend will also be ideal - find the forecast HERE.

"We have world-class fishing in Saskatchewan, and we don't let the cold temperatures prevent us from taking full advantage of it," Environment Minister Dana Skoropad said. "Free fishing weekend is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at one of our province's favourite pastimes."

While a fishing license won't be required for residents or visitors angling during the Family Day weekend, all other regulations apply. Possession limits remain in effect, including reduced limits on certain waterbodies, and free fishing weekend only applies to provincial waterbodies outside of national parks. Anyone planning on transporting fish outside of the province will require a valid Saskatchewan angling license.

Safety is key to an enjoyable ice fishing experience. Tell someone where you will be and when you can be expected back. Dress for the weather, as frostbite and hypothermia can happen quickly. Be aware of ice thickness, as water does not freeze uniformly and can be unpredictable - you need at least 10 cm of good ice to walk safely and at least 30 cm of good ice to travel in a light vehicle.

For more information on sport fishing regulations and ice fishing safety, download the Saskatchewan Anglers Guide, or visit saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

-with notes from press release