Family fishing week returning

by Editorial Staff | June 30, 2023

Family Fishing Week, the final licence-free fishing event of the year, returns July 1-9.

The week is the last of four free annual fishing events aimed at getting more people hooked on fishing. Other licence-free events include Family Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day weekends.

Canadian residents taking part in free fishing periods need to carry identification issued by the provincial or federal government. Conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries, and all other fishing regulations and rules still apply.

Making it easier

“To help families celebrate Canada Day, we’re making it easier to get out on the water and experience the world-class fishing opportunities that exist in Ontario,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Graydon Smith stated in a release. “Fishing is a fun and affordable way for families to enjoy quality time, while connecting with nature.”

Approximately 1.2 million licensed anglers spend $1.75 billion each year on recreational fishing in Ontario, according to the province.

Free fishing resources

Tackleshare, an Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) program supported by Ontario Power Generation, loans fishing equipment to the public at more than 140 loaner sites across Ontario. Beginners can learn how to ice fish via TackleShare YouTube Channel videos. Follow TackleShare on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram or visit for more information.

To read the 2023 Fishing Regulations Summary and read up on your own Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ), click here

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