The province’s next licence-free fishing opportunity arrives along with Father’s Day weekend.
Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18 are part of four free fishing events aimed at introducing more folks to angling. Other 2023 licence-free events include Family Day and Mother’s Day weekends, as well as Family Fishing Week, to celebrate Canada Day from July 1-9.
Great time to get out
“Fishing is a great family pastime,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Graydon Smith stated in a release. “With fishing being free this Father’s Day weekend, it’s a great time to get out on one of Ontario’s lakes or rivers and enjoy this wonderful sport.”
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.
Approximately 1.2 million licensed anglers spend $1.75 billion each year on recreational fishing in Ontario, the province stated.
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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.tackleshare.com for more information.