Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow box in the right or left rail that resembles the link below. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

Software-based translations do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language. The Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Ice Fishing Returns to Saskatchewan with Emphasis on Safety

Released on January 4, 2024

Ice fishing season has finally arrived on Saskatchewan waterways, and the Ministry of Environment is reminding anglers to keep safety top of mind. 

Unseasonably warm temperatures throughout December means that many waters in Saskatchewan still have not fully frozen. This makes it especially easy to misjudge ice thickness.

“Ice fishing is one of the great Saskatchewan pastimes and I know many people are eager to get out and enjoy it,” Environment Minister Christine Tell said. “While we are excited for ice fishing season to get started, anglers must be especially careful this year when on or around ice by thoughtfully assessing its thickness.”

Some tips include:

  • Plan ahead. Always tell someone where you will be fishing and when you plan to return.
  • Be prepared. Wear proper cold weather apparel and layer clothing to stay warm. Assemble some safety gear for emergencies such as a cell phone, ice picks, a throw rope, flares and a life jacket or flotation suit. 
  • Stick together. Try to fish with others rather than alone.
  • Avoid open water. If there is open water nearby or the ice looks slushy, stay away.
  • Don't assume. Ice conditions can change rapidly. Test the ice thickness before you travel on it and check with other local anglers for information about the waterbody. Visit the Water Security Agency for more information on ice safety. 

Check out the Winter Ice Safety Fact Sheet for more information.

In addition to safety, ensure you're familiar with all rules and regulations for fishing. Know your limit and stay within it, carry your license, mark your ice shack and clean, drain and dry all of your equipment. Download the Saskatchewan Anglers Guide for more information.


For more information, contact:

Val Nicholson
Prince Albert
Phone: 306-953-2459

We need your feedback to improve Help us improve