Local fishing regulation changes

Several changes to Ontario’s fishing regulations come into effect on Jan. 1.
The changes are part of the Ministry of Natural Resources’ new ecological framework for recreational fisheries management in Ontario.
Under this approach, the MNR is managing fisheries on a landscape basis rather than on a lake-by-lake basis.
The total number of Fisheries Management Zones, formerly called Fishing Divisions, has been reduced to 20 across Ontario. The Nipigon District includes a portion of Fisheries Management Zone 7.
The western half of Zone 7 is part of the MNR’s Northwest Region, but has adopted many of the regulations from the Northeast Region. The major changes in the western half of Zone 7 include:
•new size and possession limits for northern pike with a limit of six with the sport fishing licence, only two of which can be greater than 61 cm (24 in.) of which only one can be greater than 86 cm (33.9 in.), and a limit of two with the conservation fishing licence, only one of which can be greater than 61 cm (24 in.) and none greater than 86 cm (33.9 in.);
•largemouth and smallmouth bass have a catch-and-possession limit of six with the sport fishing licence and two with the conservation fishing licence;
•brook trout catch and possession limit of five with the sport fishing licence, with only two greater than 30 cm (11.8 in.), of which only one can be greater than 40 cm (15.8 in.), and a limit of two with the conservation fishing licence, with only one greater than 30 cm (11.8 in.) and none greater than 40 cm (15.8 in.);
•brown trout season is open all year;
•for lake trout, no size limit from Sept. 1-30; and
•rainbow trout catch and possession limit of one with the sport fishing licence, and none for tributaries west of Pic River with the conservation fishing licence.
For complete details of regulation changes, refer to the 2008-09 Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, which has improved text and maps to help users find regulations and make it easier to use.
Before going fishing, anglers should carefully review the information outlined in the summary.
The 2008-09 Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary is now available from licence issuers, ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, and on the MNR’s website at ontario.ca/fishing