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Encouraging Ontarians to Get Outside and Learn to Fish

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Encouraging Ontarians to Get Outside and Learn to Fish

Province Offering Training to New and Aspiring Anglers

Have you ever wanted to go fishing, but don't even know where to begin? Ontario's Learn to Fish program can help you get started. This fun, free, two-hour program combines a practical teaching session with an hour of supervised, hands-on fishing.

Aspiring anglers will learn fishing basics such as tying knots, knowing what kind of fish is on the end of the line and the rules and safety guidelines to follow. All equipment including rods, reels, lures, lifejackets and even a one-day fishing licence will be provided free of charge.

Learn to Fish programs are available at:

  • Darlington provincial park, located near Oshawa
  • Emily provincial park, between Peterborough and Lindsay
  • Sibbald Point provincial park, on the south shore of Lake Simcoe near Sutton
  • Earl Rowe provincial park, near Alliston
  • Grundy Lake provincial park, between Parry Sound and Sudbury
  • Six Mile Lake provincial park, north of Barrie

In addition, a newly launched mobile Learn to Fish unit will be travelling across southern Ontario, visiting other provincial parks and community events to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors by picking up a rod and going fishing.  

Ontario's Learn to Fish program has everything you need to land your first catch!

Quick Facts

  • Equipment for the Learn to Fish program is provided by TackleShare, a joint program between the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Power Generation, which lends fishing gear to aspiring new and young anglers at no cost.
  • Approximately 1.3 million licensed anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.
  • Anglers are reminded to follow rules in the 2015 Fishing Regulations Summary.

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“Fishing is a fun and affordable outdoor activity that anyone can enjoy. It’s a great way to enjoy Ontario’s beautiful outdoors, while connecting with family and friends. The Learn to Fish program is the perfect opportunity for new anglers to learn everything they need to feel comfortable as they head out onto the waters this summer.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Todd Lane

    Minister's Office


  • Media calls only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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