Hook, Line, and Sustainability: A Guide to Fishing Regulations in OntarioSarah Smith
If you’re planning on heading out for a day of fishing in Ontario, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the province’s fishing regulations. These regulations, set by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), are designed to help protect and sustain fish populations and their habitats.
All anglers aged 18 and over are required to purchase a fishing license before they can fish in any of Ontario’s waterways. There are different types of licenses available, including one-day, eight-day, and annual licenses, as well as licenses for different types of fishing (e.g. sport fishing, commercial fishing). You can purchase your fishing license online which is convenient.
In addition to requiring a fishing license, there are also limits on the size and number of fish that can be caught and kept. These limits vary depending on the species of fish and the location where it is being caught, so it’s important to check the current regulations to ensure that you are complying with these limits. Some species of fish also have closed seasons during which they cannot be caught, typically to protect them during times when they are most vulnerable (such as during spawning season). You should also be aware that there are some species of fish that are completely prohibited from being caught or possessed in Ontario, typically to protect these species and their habitats.
Finally, there are restrictions on the types of gear that can be used when fishing in Ontario. For example, certain types of nets and traps may be prohibited in certain areas.
These regulations are in place to help protect and sustain fish populations and their habitats, and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they are followed. Violating fishing regulations can result in fines and other legal consequences, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules before you go out on the water.
For information on fishing regulations in the area, please refer to the Ministry of Natural Resources web site.