Free fishing returns for Mother’s Day

by Editorial Staff | May 12, 2023
Woman Fishing On Dock

The province’s next licence-free fishing event arrives this weekend for Mother’s Day, May 13, and 14.

The annual opportunity is one of four free fishing events aimed at introducing more folks to angling. Other 2023 licence-free events include Family Day weekend (Feb. 18-20), Father’s Day weekend (June 17-18), as well as Family Fishing Week, from July 1-9.

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.

Bonding opportunity

“Whether you’re new to fishing or an experienced angler, it’s a great way to bond with family this Mother’s Day weekend,” Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Graydon Smith said in a press release. “This is a fantastic way for families to get out and enjoy one of Ontario’s greatest natural resources — our beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.”

Outside of free fishing periods, most Canadians 18 and older, but under the age of 65, must have an Outdoors Card and a fishing licence. All veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy free fishing at any time of year.

Approximately 1.2 million licensed anglers spend $1.75 billion per year on recreational fishing in Ontario, the province said.

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 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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