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Preparing Fresh Fish from Ontario Lakes and Rivers

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Preparing Fresh Fish from Ontario Lakes and Rivers

Ontario Fish Guide Helps You Enjoy Your Catch

Enjoy preparing and eating your catch during licence-free Family Fishing Week.

The Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe and smaller lakes across Ontario have a variety of delicious fish to catch and eat. Fish are an important part of a healthy diet and the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish can help you learn how to safely prepare your fillet for the frying pan or barbecue.

The guide contains specific fish size and fish species consumption advice for hundreds of Ontario's best fishing spots. Here are a few general tips about preparing and eating fish caught in Ontario:

  • Freshly caught fish should be chilled on ice or in a refrigerator as soon as possible to avoid spoilage.
  • Good choices are side fillets of lean fish such as walleye, pike, bass and panfish
  • Avoid eating fatty fish from the Great Lakes and be sure to remove fish organs before eating your catch.

Foodland Ontario also offers delicious fish recipes to help you make the most out of your catch.

Helping families, tourists, and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy angling opportunities across the province is part of the Ontario government's plan to offer a range of affordable outdoor activities for families and visitors that boosts local tourism and builds a stronger economy.

Quick Facts

  • Canadian residents can fish licence-free in Ontario from July 6-14, providing families with a fun and affordable way to enjoy the province’s beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • The 2013 Fish Guide provides advice on sport fish from more than 2,200 locations in Ontario. The online interactive map is easy and fast to use.
  • Since the 1970s, total PCB concentrations in Great Lakes sport fish have declined by as much as 90 per cent, dioxin levels in lake trout have declined by up to 80 per cent and mercury levels in fish have declined by as much as 75 per cent.

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“Family Fishing Week is a great time to taste a variety of fish from our many lakes and rivers. The Fish Guide helps families enjoy their catch and stay healthy.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

“Ontario offers many tools to help anglers get the most out of this wonderful sport. From our Fish ON-Line tool that provides information about where to catch fish to the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish, we can help make your experience fun and safe.”

David Orazietti

Minister of the Natural Resources

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