Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend in Ontario with Free Fishing

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry offer free fishing May 12th-13th , 2023. Ontario families and friends can enjoy fishing anywhere in the province without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card. For full details on this click on “Read More”

There are family fishing events planned across the province, or you can plan your own family event and get a free fishing package by visiting www.ontariofamilyfishing.com. Ice fishing is a fun activity, but it’s important to make sure the ice is thick enough. Ice that looks safe may not be.
Before you venture out, be sure to:
Check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers.
Let others know where you’re planning to fish and when you plan to return.
Wear appropriate clothing and equipment for safety and comfort If you are fishing during free fishing periods, all conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries and all other fishing regulations and rules still apply.
Quick Facts This weekend is the second of four times when Canadian residents can fish for free throughout the year which includes: two more times Father’s Day weekend (June 17 and 18) Family Fishing week (July 1-9).
Canadian residents participating in free fishing periods must carry identification issued by the provincial or federal government, showing your name and date of birth.
Outside of free fishing periods, anyone 18 and older, but under the age of 65 must have an Outdoors Card and a fishing licence.
All veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing in the province, whenever and wherever fishing is allowed.

Enjoy your family time and remember to be safe!

Additional Resources
What You Need to Know about Free Family Fishing
Fishing in Ontario
Find a new fishing spot using Fish ON-Line
Guide to eating Ontario fish