Licence-Free Family Fishing (May 11-12, 2019)

Thanks to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the public will get more time to enjoy the fantastic sport of fishing at zero cost. This Mother’s Day weekend (May 11-12) is the second of four weekends in 2019 during which Ontario families can take advantage of licence-free fishing.  

Although the fishing is free for these weekends, there are rules by which participating anglers must abide. Make sure you download the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary and look over the area (zone) in which you will be fishing. Please be sure to follow conservation licence catch limits (not sportfishing licence), and be mindful of size limits and fish sanctuaries (if still in effect in your zone). It’s all written out in the regulations.

You kids that get to fish for free in Ontario can now tell Mom, Dad, and any other adults that there are “No more excuses!”

What happens if you don’t have any fishing gear? Tackle Share is a great resource for people to borrow what they need. The site provides a map of their various locations, a great species identification map, and some other useful links. We recommend checking them out.

Wanna fish in the city? No worries, it’s all covered.

We here at Fish’n Canada have heard the age-old excuse of not wanting to go fishing because you must buy a licence. Well, fishing friends, this is your chance! Get out there this weekend—maybe we’ll see you on the water.

One Reply to “Licence-Free Family Fishing (May 11-12, 2019)”

  1. May 11-12 is the second of four weekends in 2019 during which Ontario families can take advantage of licence-free fishing….That is a fact.

    Although the fishing is free for these weekends, there are rules by which participating anglers must abide. Make sure you download the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary and look over the area (zone) in which you will be fishing. Please be sure to follow conservation licence catch limits (not sport fishing licence), and be mindful of size limits and fish sanctuaries (if still in effect in your zone). It’s all written out in the regulations….This is also a fact.

    What’s more, according to the 2019 Recreational Fishing Regulation Summary, some Ontario and Canadian residents qualify to use other documents instead of purchasing an Outdoors Card and Recreational Fishing Licence. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing Licence apply in these situations. A person listed below may engage in fishing providing they carry a licence, permit, certificate or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates their name and date of birth and meet the following criteria :
    1) Individuals who are under 18 or 65 years of age or older.
    2) Individuals who have been issued a parking permit under the Highway Traffic Act. A valid permit, black and white photocopy or printed version of the accessible parking permit are also required to be carried.
    3)Individuals who require the direct assistance of another person to fish and to follow applicable laws due to a disability defined in the “Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act”. The accompanying person does not require a fishing licence if they are only assisting, but must have a licence if they wish to engage in fishing.
    4) Individuals who have been issued a national identity card by for the blind (C.N.I.B.). Government issued identification is not required when carrying a C.N.I.B. national identity card.

    Note : Work is under way to amend fishing regulations so veterans and active duty Canadian Armed Forces members who reside in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing by early 2019.

    So you see, there is no reason for Parents not to take your youngsters (under 18 years) out fishing on the weekends at any time. While you are at it, how about taking you Moms and Dads (65 years and older) along with you to get in on the action. A little family competition would make for some great memories.

    This old guy and his wife certainly know the benefits as professed by Aldous Huxley, “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”

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