Bait for Personal Use

 

leeches

 

Anglers with a valid recreational fishing licence may capture their own bait for personal use as follows:

 

BAIT  LIMIT  NOTES
Baitfish 120
Includes those caught and or purchased. See list of permitted baitfish species.

Only resident anglers may capture baitfish, using the methods outlined below.

 

One baitfish trap no more than 51 cm (20 in.) long and 31 cm (12.2 in.) wide can be used day or night. Bait-fish traps must be clearly marked with the licence holder's name and address.

 

One dip-net no more than 183 cm (6 ft.) on each side if square, or 183 cm (6 ft.) across if circular, during daylight hours only (after sunrise and before sunset).

 

Dip-nets and baitfish traps may not be used in Algonquin Park.

 

Leeches 120
Includes those caught and or purchased.

Only one leech trap no more than 45 cm (17.7 in.) in any dimension can be used day or night to capture leeches. Leech traps must be clearly marked with the licence holder's name.

 

Crayfish   36

Must be used in same water body where caught. May not be transported overland. May be captured by hand or using the methods outlined for Baitfish, above.

 

Frogs 12 Only northern leopard frogs may be captured or used as bait.

 

 

NOTE: The capture and use of bait is not allowed in some waters (see the zone regulations and Exceptions to the Zone Regulations for the zone you are fishing in by referring to the 2008-2009 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.)

 

SALAMANDERS CANNOT BE CAPTURED, IMPORTED OR USED AS BAIT IN ONTARIO.


Import of Bait
It is illegal to bring any live fish, crayfish, live leeches or salamanders into Ontario for use as bait.


No Release of Bait
It is illegal to release any live bait or dump the contents of a bait bucket, including the water, into any waters or within 30 m of any waters.