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Ontario Proposing Multi-Line Carp Fishing

The Ontario Government is taking steps to expand recreational fishing opportunities in the province.

The government is proposing to allow resident recreational anglers and those visiting the province to use multiple lines when fishing carp from shore.

“This initiative is just one more way we want to make life easier for anglers,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Ontario has excellent carp fishing opportunities and we want to offer people the chance to experience sustainable multi-line carp fishing.”

The government is seeking public feedback on the proposal through an Environmental Registry posting. We encourage anglers, industry and Indigenous communities to provide their input on how we can improve the angling experience in Ontario.

“This proposal would make Ontario an attractive destination for tourism and competitive fishing events, so it would be a win-win for the people of Ontario and our local economy,” said Yakabuski. “Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario and by improving anglers’ experience, we are creating more opportunities for Ontario’s fishing and tourism industries to thrive and succeed.”

The Ontario Government is also making life more affordable for families by doubling the number of licence-free fishing events in 2019, including Father’s Day weekend (June 15 and 16), freezing fishing licence fees and removing the $2 service fee, and allowing veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members to fish for free in the province.

For more information on fishing in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/fishing.

Comments can be sent to fishpolicy@ontario.ca, until July 29, 2019.

9 Replies to “Ontario Proposing Multi-Line Carp Fishing”

  1. We as Canadian anglers should have a whole lot to “Carp” about when it comes to getting up to speed with the rest of the world. No doubt we are certainly behind in our times.

    Take for example where this fish originated:

    The carp is native to the Far East, but it is hard to say when it was introduced into Europe, probably at the time of the Romans. It was not until the Middle Ages, however, that carp began to be raised in bodies of water in the Great European Plain. This fish had become a prized source of protein for the many days of fasting imposed by the Christian religion. So it is no coincidence that carp farming was perfected in monasteries.

    At that time, the effort to set aside the finest specimens for reproduction led to a genetic selection that has given us the robust, fleshy, long-lived fish that we know today, including those in the wild. Semi-extensive pond breeding began in the 19th century and is still practised today, primarily in central Europe, where carp is still a popular feature of local gastronomy.

    Carp fishing holidays in the UK. :

    Carp fishing has been a popular sport and pastime with British anglers since the Monks introduced the fish to the UK in the early 14th century from Europe as a food source.The popularity of carp angling has resulted in numerous commercial fisheries now specializing in stocking huge fish and offering angling holidays with accommodation onsite or even staying lakeside in a bivvy, tent or specially adapted log pod.Over the last twenty years or so angling for carp has really taken off and as well as the UK there is an ever increasingly market for overseas specimen carp fishing holidays where the fish can grow to 70lb and more. France, Portugal and Spain immediately spring to mind.

    As mentioned above there are many excellent waters in the UK that offer carp fishing with holiday accommodation. Many fishery waters hold double figure fish and some are home to big specimens. If you live in Britain the advantage of a carp fishing holiday in the UK means you probably have all the tackle you need without the added expense of having to buy new or hire it, plus if you do need to buy extra tackle while your on holiday you will not have to exchange your money to get it but if you do you speak the same lingo so no need for sign language.

    The British weather may not be as good as that abroad but for the dedicated carp angler this is no problem! Maybe you could combine your family holiday with a carp fishing holiday, go fishing one day and take the family out sightseeing the next.

    Carp fishing holidays in France :

    There are a huge number of carp lakes in France where catch rates can be prolific and these types of waters are often referred to as runs waters. However, any good angler will know that whilst some lakes may be considered easier than others, factors such as weather conditions and your tactics usually play a large part in your success.

    I think every angler has heard of lake Cassien and the monster carp it holds. Cassien has been the Mecca of continental carp angling for serious anglers for many years and there has been numerous fish in the 70lb range caught from Lake Cassien.

    Carp fishing in Portugal :

    Angling holidays in Portugal has been popular for sometime and is enjoyed by a number of anglers, both sea and coarse. Portugal offers some of the best freshwater carp fishing in Europe and escorted fishing trips are available for visiting anglers with waters full of well conditioned fish. Usually the guide will take care of licenses, tackle, transport and bait and may also offer or help you with accommodation. This could be self catering or B and B in a house or lodge or maybe bank side accommodation in a bivvy, mobile home, some with exclusive use of lakes, or accommodation on a campsite.

    Carp fishing in Spain :

    Carp are found throughout Spain, from large river systems and dammed reservoirs to intimate bays and lakes of unknown potential. The country has a history for producing 50lb+ wild carp and in recent years stocking will prove instrumental in the future of this sport which is becoming increasingly popular to the extent that some of the biggest names in carp fishing are investing heavily in the Spanish Fishing Market.

    Spain is home to some excellent carp fishing and they offer a variety of fishing among some of the most breathtaking scenery with Europe’s best uncaught carp just waiting for the landing net.

    Yes, we are behind in our times. A dismal last place as compared to most European countries, to be specific. As stated in the above Fish’n Canada article concerning a government proposal to allow resident recreational anglers and those visiting the province to use multiple lines when fishing carp from shore, it is an opportunity that should not go unheeded.

    Now, that is something to Carp about !!

    1. Wow! Calvin, you never cease to amaze me with these replies! I knew that Carp was big in the UK and Europe but definitely not to that extent, it is also really cool how carp came to be over there! You really are wise when it comes to these sort of things.

      But now we have the chance to make Carp fishing a real possible pastime for all anglers here in Ontario. Plus we all know about they massive populations of Carp, yes they are invasive but they are also super fun and a different experience as you very well may know.

      So, in other words, you’re totally right this is totally something to Carp about!

    1. Hey RV007, I mentioned this in another comment but the only way that Carp going to go IF it goes is if mother nature deems it so. On the site here we have a ton of content on Carp from blogs to shows. The best part about this topic is the two very differing opinions on how we in Canada should deal with our little golden friends. Personally, I think that (since they are already abundant here), if getting two lines can create another sport fish, bring in people from the east (Europe or otherwise) and at the same time create a system to manage them then maybe these fish, which are regarded as sport fish worldwide, can be seen as that here too in Ontario. Thoughts?

  2. Problem I see with the multi lines is people using this to fish for whatever and claim they are carp fishing. You know this will happen and pretty hard for the ministry to prove otherwise.

    1. The best part about Carp fishing is (as I have said in my blog about the junior world carp cup) is that it is SO different from any other type of fishing. The bait that we use when carp’n is not anywhere near the bait used for bass or (legit) any type of predatorial fish! And in this case, if a conservation officer sees the two lines in the water, all they have to do is ask to see the baits! If it is corn or a boilee (or any other type of Carp bait) then the angler would be fine, but if they see some other stuff on the end of the line well, we know what happens from there.

      Great thinking though because if you have never seen a Carp rig (like myself for many years, like most of my life) you would never be able to tell the difference

  3. I don’t believe that carp fishing should be promoted other than for complete harvest for consumption or fertilizer. This species does too much damage to manage and I would prefer to see people eradicate them rather than catch and release. I am considering bow fishing for them, although, I get varying replies on what needs to be done with the fish when killed. If they are an invasive species can they be treated like the goby and killed and disposed of?

    1. Hey Mike! I read your comment and first things first if you are going to kill the carp make sure to eat it. We hunt deer and eat them, we hunt pretty much everything and eat them! But back a few blogs Calvin Pennell had made a great point about both Goby’s and Carp, and that is

      “to look to old “Mother Nature”. I don’t mean we should sit back and do nothing, but since this introduction has occurred it would appear almost impossible to scour the depths of every Great Lake hunting it down to extinction. That, I do not think will happen considering the spawning rate of the Carp. Look at the proliferation of the “Goby” for instance. People went ballistic when they showed up in the ecosystem and rightly so, but predator fish and birds, (the hated Cormorant for one) are making a meal of them. The same could be said for the Carp fry.”

      And to be fair yes Carp are invasive but if “Mother Nature” deems that they need to go, she can handle them from there. So, until they are gone (if they do go), we can eat them or just fish for them as they are plentiful and a great fish to fight!

      1. It’s funny how many times I hear or read of people saying that common carp are invasive. They’re not they were “introduced” to lake Ontario from a hatchery at Wilmot Creek. Sound familiar? Much like the Brown, Rainbow or salmon species “introduced”. This took place to replace the decimated Atlantic salmon with a
        viable fishery /food source. Really google it! I’m no fishery biologist, but I’m not certain of what damage carp really do. I can’t see them ravaging a bass nest. They don’t have teeth! They can’t really access salmon /trout spawning grounds. They eat zebra and quagga mussels. If they were better table fare we would be talking about controlling they’re harvest.

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