New opportunities and rules for anglers fishing in Ontario’s lakes and rivers

New fishing regulations for Kawartha Lakes Area  in 2010

Year-round fishing for crappie, sunfish, yellow perch and northern pike in the Kawartha Lakes area (FMZ17)

Longer fall seasons for bass and muskellunge in the Kawartha Lakes area

Longer winter season for lake trout in the Thunder Bay area

Simpler size restrictions for certain species in the Thunder Bay area

Forty-two more lake trout and brook trout lakes with extended seasons and/or reduced harvest restrictions.

Ontario’s summer Family Fishing Weekend has been extended to a full Family Fishing Week in July.

The 2010 fishing regulations guide is now available at Printed copies will be available by December 31 at licence issuers and ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres.

Regulations for some species have been revised to ensure fish stocks are sustainable. Anglers are encouraged to check the regulations for their area before they go fishing.

For the first time, the review of regulations benefited from the input of new Fisheries Management Zone Advisory Councils. The councils, composed of local stakeholders, help the Ministry of Natural Resources develop management strategies for their zones.


Canadian residents can sample Ontario’s fishing opportunities without a licence during Family Fishing Weekend, February 13 to 15, 2010 and Family Fishing Week, July 3 to 11, 2010.

Conservation limits apply.

More than 1.3 million anglers in Ontario contribute nearly $2.5 billion to the province’s economy.


Read an overview of province-wide changes to recreational fishing regulations.

Check out summaries of changes for Zone 6 (Thunder Bay area), Zone 10 (Sault Ste. Marie/

Manitoulin Island), Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes area) and Zone 18 (Eastern Ontario).

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