2004 Fishing Regulations available online

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2004 Fishing Regulations available online

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

TORONTO, Dec. 30 - Anglers seeking information about regulation changes for 2004 can now obtain Ontario's Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary online from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Web site at www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/pubs/pubmenu.html. "There will be increased fishing opportunities in some areas thanks to a number of regulation changes," said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. "Our goal is to improve fishing opportunities for anglers while protecting our fishing resources." Highlights of changes for 2004 include: - Yellow perch limits in eastern Lake Erie (Division 2) have been increased. Perch catch and possession limits throughout Lake Erie are now 50 for a Sport Fishing Licence and 25 for a Conservation Fishing Licence. - Walleye season will be closed from March 15 to May 7 throughout Lake Erie (Division 2). - Brown and rainbow trout fishing areas on the Credit River (Division 4) have been extended. Full details on these and other changes can be found in the Exceptions for Southwestern Ontario section in the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. - New regulations have been put in place on Big Vermilion Lake (Division 22) and Red Lake (Division 31) to protect lake trout populations. Refer to the Exceptions for Northwestern Ontario section in the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for details. Anglers are reminded to be aware of regulations and regulation changes in areas where they fish. These changes are highlighted in red in the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. Anglers can also obtain copies of the fishing summary by visiting MNR district offices or licence issuing locations. Print copies of the summary will be widely available after January 5, 2004. Ontario residents must have a valid Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag to fish, and non-residents must have a valid fishing licence to fish in Ontario waters. As well, the Ontario 2004 fish and wildlife calendar is now available for sale. The calendar features 13 wildlife images and is full of helpful information from the ministry about Ontario's fishing and hunting seasons, deadlines and wildlife management messages. Proceeds from the calendar go towards managing the ministry's fish and wildlife program. For more information about the calendar, please call 1-800-667-1940. Disponible en fran├žais www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Jolanta Kowalski, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2198; Steve Payne, Ministry of Natural Resources, (416) 314-2103