Fishing Laws in Ontario

What you need to know for one of this season’s best activities.

As Mother Nature’s warm embrace thaws out the winter snow, Jack Frost is finally packing his bags and heading home. This is one of the best times to enjoy nature in Ontario. If you are a sportsperson, here are some things you should know about fishing in this province.

Anyone wishing to hunt or fish is required to buy an Outdoors Card. It is plastic and similar in size to a credit card. Issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, it allows you to fish and or hunt within the province. Whenever you are fishing or hunting it is mandatory to have the card on your person, as the appropriate licenses are printed or stickered on the back.

There are two types of fishing licenses: Conservation Fishing licenses and Sport Fishing licenses. The difference between them is the catch limit ­– sports licenses have a higher limit. Generally, the fees for purchasing a fishing license depend on the duration (one day, one year, or three years) and the license type (conservation or sport fishing license). One hundred per cent of the fees go towards Ontario’s fish and wildlife management programs and services.

Whether you are visiting a conservation park or just want to get out in nature, be safe, respectful of the environment, follow the rules and regulation, and most importantly have fun.

Mark the Dates

May 11-12, 2019:
Mother’s Day Weekend License-Free Fishing for Canadian residents, conservation license limits apply.

Mid-June 2019:
Learn to Fish programming begins in selected provincial parks and partner locations. Visit for details.

June 15-16, 2019:
Father’s Day Weekend License-Free Fishing for Canadian residents, conservation license limits apply.

June 29-July 7, 2019:
Family Fishing License- Free Fishing for Canadian residents, conservation license limits apply.

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