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Get Hooked During Family Fishing Week

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Get Hooked During Family Fishing Week

McGuinty Government Offers License-free Fishing from July 3 to 11

Parents and children can fish and get hooked on this great outdoor activity during Ontario's Family Fishing Week, July 3 to 11.

Ontarians can fish licence free for nine straight days which includes two weekends.  They can fish on their own or at a local derby or festival.

Family fishing events across the province offer anglers valuable fishing tips and the opportunity to learn good conservation practices.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Canadian residents may fish licence-free in Ontario waters during Family Fishing Week. Non-residents require licences.
  • If you fish without a licence during Family Fishing Week, you must follow the conservation licence limits set out in the 2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.
  • 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.

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“Our province offers new and experienced anglers some of the best fishing in the world. Take the time to go fishing with your family, to create great memories and to enjoy Ontario's great outdoors.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

“We welcome the expansion of Ontario's licence-free family fishing weekend to nine full days, including two weekends. We really hope that families will take advantage of the opportunity, in conjunction with National Fishing Week, to get out on one of Ontario's thousands of spectacular lakes and rivers and experience the joy of fishing together.”

Mike Reader

Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

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