Anglers Encouraged to Have a Safe and Fun Fishing Season
Ontario is reminding anglers to be safe while having fun as the fishing and boating season has started.
- Anglers between the age of 18 and 65 need to have a valid Ontario fishing licence and Outdoors Card with them while fishing.
- Follow the rules for fishing in Ontario and stick to the daily fishing limits to help protect our province's fish populations.
- Everyone who operates a motorized boat needs a boating licence, called the Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
- Stay safe on the water by wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, and never drink alcohol if you will be driving the boat, paddling or swimming.
- If you are building a campfire for cooking or warmth, never leave it unattended and make sure to put the fire out fully before leaving it.
Before Heading Out:
- Let others know where you are planning to fish and when you plan to return.
- Appropriate clothing and safety equipment are critical to safety and comfort. Be sure to check your equipment to make sure it is in working order.
- If you are not familiar with the lake, ask park staff or local outfitters for guidance. They will be able to suggest routes and let you know about any hazards to avoid, such as sandbars and depth restrictions.
- Safety tips and requirements for safe boating.
- Tips and essentials before heading on the water.
- Plan your fishing trip with the Fish ON-Line tool where you can search by lake or type of fish, and check zone limits.
- Many of Ontario’s major cities are along lakes and rivers, offering great urban fishing opportunities.
- Ontario Parks offer great fishing experiences for seasoned anglers and first-timers alike.
- Check the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary or contact your local ministry office for registration requirements.