2019 Fishing regs changes

by Steve Galea | February 28, 2019

The following is a list of notable regulation changes in the 2019 Fishing Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. For the most up-to-date version, visit www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary.

One of the biggest changes is to the province’s new Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service.

New family fishing opportunities

No fishing licence is required for Canadian residents on the following new dates. These are in addition to others already established. See the regs for details.

  1. Mother’s Day Weekend (May 11-12, 2019)
  2. Father’s Day Weekend (June 15-16, 2019)

Zone 7

New waterbody exception

Borealis Lake (49°00’43”N., 86°44’08”W.)

  1. Live fish may not be used as bait or possessed for use as bait
  2. Fish sanctuary – no fishing from Jan. 1 to July 31 and Oct. 16 to Dec. 31
  3. Aurora Trout – open from Aug. 1 to Oct. 15
  4. Aurora Trout – S-1 and C-0

Zone 8

New Lake trout exceptions

(open all year)

  1. Eva Lake (Clear Lake) (49°15’11”N., 83°13’42”W.) – Nansen Township
  2. Nansen Lake (49°14’54”N., 83°13’36”W.) – Nansen Township
  3. Smith Lake (49°54’32”N., 82°59’36”W.) – Howells Township

New waterbody exceptions

Lake 57 (48°17’N., 80°40’ W.) – Timmins Township

  1. Live fish may not be used as bait or possessed for use as bait
  2. Fish sanctuary – no fishing from Jan. 1 to July 31 and Oct. 16 to Dec. 31
  3. Aurora Trout – open from Aug. 1 to Oct. 15
  4. Aurora Trout – S-1 and C-0

Pack Can Lake (48°27’54”N., 79°59’29”W.) – Garrison Township

  1. Fish sanctuary – no fishing from Jan. 1 to July 31 and Oct. 16 to Dec. 31
  2. Aurora Trout – open from Aug. 1 to Oct. 15
  3. Aurora Trout – S-1 and C-0

New fish sanctuaries

  1. Big Club Lake (48°28’N., 80°48’W.) – Bond and MacKlem Townships
  2. Nayowin Lake (47°47’N., 81°23’W.) – Burrows Township
  3. Pallet Lake (48°16’N., 80°39’W.) – Nordica Township

Zone 10

New fish sanctuaries

  1. Carol Lake – Beulah Township
  2. Lake 21 (47°37’N., 80°57’W.) – Tyrrell Township

Zone 11

New fish sanctuary

  1. Liberty Lake – Aston Township

Zone 19

New Zone-wide season and limits

  1. Atlantic salmon season: open all year Limits: S-1 and C-0

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