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 www.ontario.ca/outdoorscard.
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 www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary.
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, www.ontariofamilyfishing.com
• Kids and Cops Fishing Days: www.kidsandcops.ca
Fishing is an exciting activity for all ages. Better yet, it’s easy and affordable! For more recreational fishing news and information, visit www.keepcanadafishing.com or follow @keepcanadafishing on social media.