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Reminder: Free Father's Day fishing derby returning to Coquitlam

And, it's free fishing weekend across B.C.
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Festival Coquitlam is hosting a Father's Day fishing event at Lafarge Lake on June 19, 2022. | Getty Images

Fathers and father figures that enjoy a day on the water will soon be able to reel in the sights and sounds with Tri-City families.

Festival Coquitlam is bringing back its in-person Family Fishing Day event to Lafarge Lake this weekend.

And here's the big catch, it's completely free.

Father's Day this year (June 19) falls on B.C.'s free fishing weekend and according to the initiative, this allows anyone to fish in local waters without a licence.

In a news release to the Tri-City News, Festival Coquitlam explains hundreds of residents have gathered at its derby in Town Centre Park in the hopes of catching rainbow trout on a bright summer day.

"A freshwater fishing licence is not required for kids under age 16 in B.C. and is therefore not needed for these events, but if the family gets hooked on fishing you'll need to look into it."

Activities are set to include fly tying, casting lessons and a salmon raffle, and experts will be on site to teach techniques for catching fish.

The Kin Club of Coquitlam (Kinsmen) will also be on site providing lunch and snacks for participants, which will be by donation and the funds earmarked for community programs.

Family Fishing Day takes place on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interested anglers and regional residents are asked to bring the following:

  • Basic fishing gear
    • Rod and reel
    • Fishing line
    • Hook
    • Bobber
    • Weight
    • Bait or flies
  • Appropriate clothing
    • Hat and sunscreen for a hot day
    • Rain gear for a wet one
  • Snacks and drinks (think litterless options and take home your waste and recycling)
  • Lawn chair(s)

For more information, you're encouraged to visit Festival Coquitlam's website.