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Ontario Family Fishing Events

Ontario Family Fishing Events

Go Fishing with your family!

Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario for free. This means you do not need to buy a fishing licence if you want to fish during:

  • Family Fishing Weekend (February 18-20, 2023)
  • Mother’s Day Weekend (May 13 & 14, 2023)
  • Father’s Day Weekend (June 17 & 18, 2023)
  • Family Fishing Week (July 1-9, 2023)

There are two options to participate: join a public event near you or fish with your family and submit your “family event” to receive a free digital fishing package and be entered into a draw for a $500 Fishing Prize Pack from Lucky Strike, Shimano, and Ontario Out of Doors!

For a second chance at the prize pack, a photo contest on social media will be held July 1-9.

Follow fishing rules

Free fishing periods remind us of the value of Ontario’s recreational fishery, and the importance of keeping it healthy for future generations. While fishing you must:

  • follow conservation licence catch limits
  • obey size limits and sanctuaries
  • follow the fishing regulations
  • carry a permit or identification card issued by the provincial or federal government, showing your name and date of birth

Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary
Use Fish ON-Line

Free loans for rods and reels
TackleShare loans out rods and reels for free. New anglers can gear up at locations across the province including:

  • Ontario provincial parks
  • conservation authorities
  • libraries

TackleShare is an Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters program supported by Ontario Power Generation.

Learn to Fish Guide
Rules on using fishing tackle

Urban fishing
Even city folks can fish. You’ll find fishing sites in many urban areas.

Learn more about urban fishing



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