Preparing for the Upcoming Fishing Season

The summer fishing season is around the corner! Whether you are a seasoned angler or a newbie hoping to cast a line for the first time, here are a few things you can do to prepare.

Purchase or Renew Your Fishing Licence 

With a few exceptions, everyone between the ages of 18 and 64 needs a licence to fish in Ontario. But did you know that 100% of the funds collected from fishing licence sales contribute to conservation efforts? This includes things like fish stocking programs, science-based research and monitoring, habitat loss prevention, and educational programs like Learn to Fish. You can find out more at

Review Fishing Regulations 

Fishing regulations may change from year to year. It’s important to know where you are allowed to fish during a particular time of year, what fish are in season, and how many fish of a specific species you can keep. By following these guidelines, you will ensure healthy fish populations for years to come. To learn more about fishing rules in Ontario visit

Top Up Your Gear

This is the fun part! While you might have a few “lucky lures” in your tackle box, there is a thrill in topping up your stash. Visit your local tackle retailer to find the latest hot items. Now is also a great time to make sure your first aid kit is up-to-date and that you have essentials like lifejackets and other safety items.

Mark Your Calendar

Ontario has countless fishing events and festivals throughout the summer. Here are just a few you can put on your 2023 bucket list:

• Canada’s National Fishing Week: July 1-9, 2023

• Ontario’s Family Fishing Events: May 13-14, June 17-18,

and July 1-9, 2023, 

• Kids and Cops Fishing Days:

Fishing is an exciting activity for all ages. Better yet, it’s easy and affordable! For more recreational fishing news and information, visit or follow @keepcanadafishing on social media.