Fishing Will Hook Your Family During National Fishing Week

Get Your Family Hooked On Fishing


Families can fish licence free in Ontario from July 2-10, providing them with affordable experiences and things to do and helping kids try it for the first time.

Family fishing events in towns and provincial parks across Ontario also offer fishing tips and the chance to enjoy fishing the province’s lakes and rivers, including:

Seven Urban Fishing Festivals being held in the Greater Toronto Area

Family Fishing Day at Fanshawe Conservation Area in London on July 9


Family Fishing Day on Whitefish Lake at Algonquin Park on July 9

Marathon’s Kids Fish Derby at Three Finger Lake on July 10.

Ontario’s new Fish ON-Line tool can also help Ontarians plan a fishing trip from start to finish so they can get out and enjoy Ontario’s great outdoors.

Strengthening tourism is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to grow the number of visitors, strengthen economic growth and support jobs in Ontario.


“During Family Fishing Week, I encourage you to connect with your family and enjoy the beauty of Ontario’s lakes, rivers and streams.”

Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources

“Ontario’s lakes, rivers and streams, with their natural beauty continue to attract new and returning visitors from within our borders and beyond. Family Fishing Week offers a great opportunity for families to explore our province together beginning right here in Markham. With so many exciting events to choose from, I encourage everyone to stay and play in Ontario this summer.”

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture

“Ontario Family Fishing Week, held in conjunction with National Fishing Week, is a terrific time for families to get out and experience our wonderful lakes and rivers. We encourage everyone to participate in one of the many fun fishing events being hosted by OFAH clubs and other service organizations.”

Mike Reader, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters


“Family Fishing Week and urban fishing festivals are wonderful opportunities to help new people to get into fishing. This is a life-long sport that can be enjoyed by everyone. I encourage people to make sure they follow the fishing rules put in place to make sure there are enough fish for future generations to enjoy this sport.”

Raymond Zee, President, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association



Ontarians may fish licence-free in provincial waters during Family Fishing Week . Non-residents require licences.

Anglers in Ontario catch more than 100 million fish each year.

Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.

Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.

With 250,000 inland lakes, countless rivers, and shorelines on four Great Lakes, Ontario is home to 160 species of freshwater fish.

Family Fishing Week is supported by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association and Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation, as well as many local sponsors and dedicated volunteers.

If you fish without a licence during Family Fishing Week, you must follow the conservation licence limits set out in the 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.



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Wetlands & Waterbird Ecology Field Course

Looking to learn more about waterfowl?

Long Point Waterfowl recently coordinated its sixth Wetlands & Waterbird Ecology Field Course.  Long Point Waterfowl in partnership with the University of Western Ontario and funding from the Sam Johnson Education Scholarship have been offering the course since 2005 to students from universities throughout Ontario.  The course introduces students to basic wetlands and waterbird ecology and management through site visits to several local Long Point marshes and the St. Clair National Wildlife Area.  The course also stresses the importance of organizational partnerships in wetland conservation through guest presentations from employees of Bird Studies Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Canadian Raptor Conservancy.  This year 15 students from 5 Ontario universities participated in the field course.  For more information please visit the course web page at:


Fines For The Illegal Sale Of Angler-Caught $Fish 16,500

MNR – NEWS – $16,00 total fines for Windsor anglers

Two Windsor area residents were fined $12,000 for illegally possessing overlimits of fish and selling the fish without a licence.


Nicholas Obermok, 63 of Lasalle, and Carmen Rainone, of Windsor, were each fined $6,000. In addition, two vehicles, a boat and trailer, an outboard motor, a fridge and freezer, as well as a large quantity of fishing gear were permanently forfeited to the Crown. Obermok and Rainone are prohibited from fishing in Ontario and cannot possess fishing equipment or sport fish, except at their residence, for the next five years.


Court heard that conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit launched a 16-month investigation after receiving several complaints from the public regarding alleged illegal fishing activities.  Between April 25, 2007, and May 9, 2008, conservation officers conducted surveillance of Obermok and Rainone.  The pair were observed catching walleye and yellow perch in excess of the limits from the Detroit River and Lake Erie, and then processing the fish and selling it to a fish retail outlet and individuals on at least 16 occasions. On May 15, 2008, officers executed three simultaneous search warrants on two residences in Lasalle and a fish retail outlet in Windsor that led to charges.


In earlier convictions related to this investigation, the Coolwater Fish Ltd. retail outlet in Windsor and an employee of the retail outlet, Gerald Goldhar of Woodslee, were fined a total of $4,500 after pleading guilty in a Windsor court on May 6, 2010.


Justice of the Peace Robert Gay heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Windsor, on June 15, 2011, and Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman heard the case on the earlier convictions in the Ontario Court of Justice, Windsor, on May 6, 2010.


In order to harvest and sell fish in Ontario, a licence is required from the Ministry of Natural Resources. Fish retail outlets must purchase fish for resale from fish processing plants or holders of commercial fishing licences. It is also illegal for anyone to purchase or sell any angler-caught fish.


For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers and at


To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Illegal Wild Turkey Hunting Offences

MNR – News – $1,000 Fine for illegal Wild Turkey Hunting Offences


An Amherstview man has been fined a total of $1,000 for offences related to hunting a wild turkey without a licence.

Brian W. Minifie was convicted and fined $250 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for hunting wild turkey without a licence, $500 for making false statements to a conservation officer and $250 for possessing illegally hunted wildlife.

The court heard that Minifie killed a wild turkey on April 25, 2010. When checked by a conservation officer, he made a false statement about losing his licence. Then, in an apparent attempt to avoid prosecution for these offences, Minifie made an additional false statement in an application to obtain a duplicate licence.

Justice of the Peace Doleman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Napanee, on June 15, 2011.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Field Day Beats The Bugs With Insect Defend Patch

The annual Field Day guests enjoyed the day.

A full field of food plot participants discovered proven quality deer management methods on the Rack Stacker Wildlife Research Farm.

Hosts Steve and Selina Elmy opened the doors to their research  farm during the six hour tour and seminars.

Support from some great sponsors  of the day included Insect Defend Patch, Excalibur Crossbows, Vortex Optics Canada, QDMA Canada


Rack Stacker Field Day BEATS the BUGS with Insect Defend Patch

Rack Stacker Field Day BEATS the BUGS with Insect Defend Patch