Families can fish licence free in Ontario from July 2-10, providing them with affordable experiences and things to do and helping kids try it for the first time.
Ontario’s new Fish ON-Line tool can also help Ontarians plan a fishing trip from start to finish so they can get out and enjoy Ontario’s great outdoors.
Strengthening tourism is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to grow the number of visitors, strengthen economic growth and support jobs in Ontario.
“During Family Fishing Week, I encourage you to connect with your family and enjoy the beauty of Ontario’s lakes, rivers and streams,” said Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey.
“Ontario Family Fishing Week, held in conjunction with National Fishing Week, is a terrific time for families to get out and experience our wonderful lakes and rivers. We encourage everyone to participate in one of the many fun fishing events being hosted by OFAH clubs and other service organizations,” said Mike Reader, executive director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Ontarians may fish licence-free in provincial waters during Family Fishing Week. Non-residents require licences.
Anglers in Ontario catch more than 100 million fish each year.
Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.
With 250,000 inland lakes, countless rivers, and shorelines on four Great Lakes, Ontario is home to 160 species of freshwater fish.
Family Fishing Week is supported by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association and Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation, as well as many local sponsors and dedicated volunteers.
If you fish without a licence during Family Fishing Week, you must follow the conservation licence limits set out in the 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.