Province offers training to new anglers

by Editorial Staff | June 16, 2015

training - Province encouraging new anglersHave you ever wanted to go fishing, but don’t even know where to begin? Ontario’s Learn to Fish program can help you get started. This fun, free, two-hour program combines a practical teaching session with an hour of supervised, hands-on fishing.


Equipment for the Learn to Fish program is provided by TackleShare, a joint program between the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Power Generation, which lends fishing gear to aspiring new and young anglers at no cost.

Approximately 1.3 million licensed anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.

Anglers are reminded to follow rules in the 2015 Fishing Regulations Summary.

Aspiring anglers will learn fishing basics such as tying knots, knowing what kind of fish is on the end of the line and the rules and safety guidelines to follow. All equipment including rods, reels, lures, lifejackets and even a one-day fishing licence will be provided free of charge.

Learn to Fish programs are available at:
Darlington Provincial Park, located near Oshawa
Emily Provincial Park, between Peterborough and Lindsay
Sibbald Point Provincial Park, on the south shore of Lake Simcoe near Sutton
Earl Rowe Provincial Park, near Alliston
Grundy Lake Provincial Park, between Parry Sound and Sudbury
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, north of Barrie

In addition, a newly launched mobile Learn to Fish unit will be travelling across southern Ontario, visiting other provincial parks and community events to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors by picking up a rod and going fishing.

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