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Fishing OntarioRecreational Fishing Regulations Summary(Effective January 1, 2012)

2012

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Ensuring great fishing for years to comeWhen you buy a fishing or hunting licence, the fees go directly to managing Ontarios world-class fish and wildlife resources. All licence fees, fines and royalties go into the Fish and Wildlife Special Purpose Account, which funds such fisheries management programs as stocking fish, monitoring populations and enforcing regulations. For 2011/12 the Special Purpose Account contributed approximately $68.2 million to fish and wildlife management in Ontario. To learn more visit EnforcementApplied Research and Development 12% Science and Information 10% Fish and Wildlife Policy 8% Species at Risk/Endangered Species 9%

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TABLE OF CONTENTSMessage from the Government of Ontario How to Use this SummaryRecreational Fishing Licence Information General Fishing Regulations Anglers Guide to Fishing Regulations General Prohibitions It is Illegal To Transporting Fish Tips on Live Release Bait Ice Fishing Non-angling Methods Provincial Boundary Waters Crown Land Camping Laws to Help Stop the Spread of Invading Species VHS (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia)

IMPORTANT NOTICE 2 34 7 7 8 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13This is a summary of information dealing with fishing licences and fishing laws. This summary is neither a legal document nor a complete collection of the current regulations. It is meant to be a convenient reference only. For details on the current regulations see: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and regulations Federal Fisheries Act Ontario Fishery Regulations - Close times, fishing quotas and limits on the size of fish established in the Ontario Fishery Regulations may be changed through Variation Orders which are available at ontario.ca/fishing. The maps presented in this summary are provided as a guide only. Due to the scale of the maps, the official plan (detailed information) for the boundaries of the Zones cannot be provided in this summary. You can obtain specific details of the regulations, including more detailed maps of Zone boundaries, from ontario.ca/fishing or local MNR offices.

ZONE SPECIFIC REGULATIONSZones 1, 2 & 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 5 (including Border Waters Regulations for Non-Canadian Resident Anglers). . . . . . . Zone 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zones 13 & 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zone 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 18 22 28 34 42 48 50 58 62 64 68 78 84 87 90 92

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Recreational Fishing Regulations 2012

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MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIORecreational fishing is one of Ontarios most popular outdoor activities. With more than 250,000 lakes and countless rivers and streams, Ontario has a fishing opportunity around every corner. Fishing is a great way to spend time together outdoors as a family. You can learn about the environment, strengthen family ties and connect with the natural world. Try fishing for the first time during the licence-free Family Fishing Weekend February 18 to 20, which coincides with the Family Day long weekend. You can also fish licence-free during Family Fishing Week, July 7 to 15. Ontarios world-class fishery is a natural and cultural treasure that contributes almost $2.5 billion to the provincial economy. Each dollar anglers spend on licences goes into a special purpose account that is used for fish and wildlife management. The provinces phenomenal fisheries can be enjoyed during all four seasons. While some of the most sought-after sport fish are walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, brook trout and lake trout, more anglers are learning to appreciate lesser-known species like carp, gar and black crappie. Fish ON-Line, our new interactive and user-friendly web tool, can help you make the most out of your fishing trip. Whether a new or seasoned angler, you can find out where to get a licence, when fishing seasons open, what kind of fish you can catch and how many you can keep, what lakes are being stocked with sport fish, how to get to your fishing destination and much more. Visit ontario.ca/fishing to start planning. Ontarios management of fisheries, lakes and rivers is among the best in the world. By monitoring populations, working with the public to develop plans, rehabilitating habitat and conducting research, we are working to preserve and improve our fisheries. We also raise and stock up to eight million fish each year to rehabilitate populations and create more fishing opportunities. Each of us can do our part to maintain the provinces excellent recreational fisheries. Please read this summary and follow the rules. When we respect the natural environment and each other, we make Ontario a better place to enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer.

Our CoverThe cover image is a photograph of Fish Culture Technician Tracy Kubesheskie working at Chatsworth Fish Culture Station. She is holding an adult lake trout which is used for breeding (broodstock). Lake trout are the largest member of the trout family and a favourite to catch through the ice. The Ministry of Natural Resources raises nine different strains of lake trout, which are stocked into Ontario waters each year. Our Fish Culture Program stocks approximately eight million fish annually. About half are stocked into Great La

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