Fishing in Ontario, Canada


Fishing in Ontario, Canada


For many, the highlight of any trip to Ontario is fishing.  If you are planning on taking that adventurous trip up to the North, get a new line on that reel and be ready to spend a good amount on transportation, permit and license fees, and any warm clothes you may need.

Other things you will probably need to consider for your trip include things such as a nice pair of polarized sunglasses to keep your eyes protected from the sun and also help you spot fish through the water.  A small file or sharpening stone will come in handy to keep your hooks sharp enough to get through the thick jaws of Canadian fish.  And don't forget to brush up on your knot-tying!  Nothing will ruin your day more than losing that big ol' fish because you had a loose knot.

Just because you are in the legendary fishing territory of Ontario, doesn't mean you will get a bite every cast;  if nothing is happening after about ten casts, change your position.  You may be positioning your canoe too close to the fish, scaring them off.

As long as you are close enough to get the lure in the right place, you will be fine to attract the attention of the fish, but if you try to set your hook too fast, you will only succeed in frightening them.  When you feel the fish is on the lure, that's the right time to act.  Keep yourself patient and work on retrieving the lure in a cautious pace.

When you do land a catch, if you are not planning on eating it, you will need to release the fish carefully and promptly so that the fishing resources can be protected.  Take a look around you, and feel blessed to be part of the lakeland wilderness.  Ontario is a wonderful natural place, but there are legal matters you will need to adhere to.

Always be sure to keep your fishing license with you.  Canadians will have an Outdoors Card with a tag permitting fishing that will be attached to it.  Non-Canadians should have a basic license form signed, with a fishing tag attached to it.  If a Conservation Officer requests to see your license, you must show it.  Also remember that these licenses can't be passed on to anyone else but the person who had it issued.

The Fisheries Act of Ontario is the major law regarding fishing in the state;  it sets the seasons and limitations on catches as well as the allowed equipment.  The law which regulates fishing the most is the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.  This is the law which enforces fishing licenses and issues them.

In Canada, Wildlife Protection Officers are the ones charged with enforcing the laws regarding fishing, and have explicit authority to search and seize illegal property, inspect and arrest transgressors.  They may not need a warrant to search, depending on the severity situation and in emergencies.  They may arrest anyone believed to have committed, committing or is about to commit an offense or violation of the law, such as fishing out of season.

Catching a fish that is not in season, is a serious offense, whether or not the fish is to be released.  This is to protect the fish and keep their populations up, so the balance of nature remains.  Fish which are not mentioned on any seasonal list are considered to be open-season year-round.

The laws may be more or less strict than your home state, but by everyone's cooperation, Ontario will be a fisherman's dream for years to come.  The rugged wilderness will be a challenge, but the beauty and serenity to be discovered is only to be experienced by you.  Happy fishing!

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