Your guide to Ontario Fishing
A premier world fishing destination
is a dream for many anglers worldwide as it is truly one of the world’s great fishing destinations. Every year anglers and hobbyists from across the planet make the pilgrimage to the vast array of fishing locales that the province has to offer. Whether by boat, onshore or ice fishing during the winter months an Ontario sport fishing experience is one many enthusiasts plan years in advance.
What makes a fishing trip to Ontario so appealing is the seemingly unlimited bodies of water where one can fish and the quantity and quality of sport fish species available. In addition to the Great Lakes along its southern shores and Hudson Bay and James Bay along its northern boundaries the province also includes over 250,000 lakes containing over 15% of the worlds freshwater and an untold number of rivers, streams, brooks and ponds. Fish populations thrive in most and even in populated areas, support a thriving sport fishing industry.
At $2 billion a year Ontario has the largest recreational fishery in Canada and attracts more than 500,000 non-resident anglers per year in addition to the millions of trips taken annually by local fisherman. Each year 107 million fish are caught with ¾ of the catch being immediately released with the bulk of the reminder being consumed. Most sport fish species caught can be consumed, check out the Ministry of Natural Resources site listed below for guidelines on consumption.
Fishing in Ontario is popular all year round as you can enjoy ice fishing in the more northern regions until May then Spring rolls in and is a great fishing time, Summer is the most popular time to fish but Fall brings out the best fishing of all seasons. Fishing is prevalent throughout the province from salmon lake charters on Lake Ontario to fly in fishing lodges on northern lakes otherwise inaccessible.
A valid fishing licence is a requirement for residents and non-residents alike. You must now also have an outdoors card to be able to apply for an Ontario Fishing Licence. Ontario Residents and other Canadians can get theirs online at ontario.ca/outdoorscard (renewal only) or by mail at 1-800-387-7011. Non-residents can get theirs at any fishing and hunting licence issuer or any ServiceOntario office at the same time as you are getting a licence.
All the rules and regulations are listed on the Ministry of Natural Resources government site located at www.mnr.gov.on.ca. Just navigate to the fishing section.
While not really an a fisherman myself I have gone quite a few times in my lifetime and can thus share some first hand knowledge with you as to where to go, what fish you can expect etc. So whether you are looking for a place to do some serious fly-in fishing at a remote location or simply cast a line from the banks of a meandering Ontario river check out the various pages below for more in-depth information as to a specific area of fishing in Ontario Canada that interests you.
Fishing in Ontario Canada
Ontario Fish Species
Ontario has a huge variety of fish species inhabiting the various bodies of water throughout the province but as far as fishing as a sport is concerned the species of interest can be broken down into 3 classifications: warm water, cold water and cool water species. Find out all the information you need for your Ontario sport fishing adventure at my Ontario fish species page.
Fishing Ontario Lakes
With over 250,000 freshwater lakes Ontario is THE premier freshwater fishing destination in the world. I have chosen the best of the best so as to make it much easier in helping you decide where to go when visiting a certain area of the province. For a complete breakdown of each lake and what you can expect to land visit my fishing Ontario lakes page.
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