Every year the government of Ontario allows two “Free-fishing” periods called Ontario Family Fishing events. Any Canadian resident can legally fish in Ontario without a license this week (July 6 – 14). Anglers taking advantage of this event must fish within the ‘Conservation’ license limits set out in the recreational Ontario Fishing Regulations publication, which you can pick up for free at most outdoor stores including Canadian Tire. (During all other times, anglers between the ages of 18-64 must purchase a Fishing Outdoors card every year).
Here is a list of derbies, clinics and festivals going on this week.
If you’ve never fished before and you don’t have any equipment, many Provincial parks offer the Tackle Share program. Sponsored by the OFAH, the Tackle Share program offers rods, reels and lures to new anglers with a $25 refundable deposit. For a list of Tackle Share loaner sites, click here.
There is also a Family Fishing weekend in the winter (February 15 – 17, 2014).
- Family Fishing Week brings free fishing to Ontario (thestar.com)
- Free fishing across NY next weekend (waynepost.com)
- OFAH – Protecting Ontario’s Wild Heritage (wildsofontario.com)