Spring fishing will go ahead unchanged, the province clarified this week, but anglers are reminded to follow provincial health guidelines.
That includes social distancing, keeping at least six feet away from others, even as spring trout seasons open next week.
The government is pleading with anglers to be responsible so that seasons can remain open, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Manager of Fish and Wildlife services Matt DeMille said.
“We have been hearing from many members from northern and rural Ontario who are worried their fishing opportunities will be restricted with broad-brush closures in response to overcrowding in more populated areas of the province,” he stated.
“The OFAH has been doing everything we can to keep anglers informed with up-to-date information and advice for responsible angling to keep people both safe and fishing wherever it is possible to do so.”
Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford told a northern Ontario media outlet that fishing will remain open, but strongly discouraged fishing derbies.
Provincial emergency orders to date included closing parks and amenities including boat ramps, restricting land access, and banning camping on Crown land.