Licence-Free Family Fishing

Ontario's next Family Fishing Weekend is February 14-16, 2015.

Ontario's next Family Fishing Week is July 4-12, 2015.


Your next chance to "CATCH THE FUN" is in February.

Canadian residents will again be able to sample Ontario's fishing opportunities, licence-free from February 14-16, 2015.


Sponsored by a diverse range of government and non-government organizations, these licence-free periods are designed to remind people of the recreational and economic value of Ontario's recreational fishery, and the importance of sustaining and enhancing it for future generations. For this reason, anglers without a licence must abide by the limits set for the Conservation Licence. All other fees and regulations apply and will be enforced, including size limits and sanctuaries.


family fishing from shoreLocal events and festivals around the province will mark these licence-free periods.  Family Fishing Weekend and Week provide not only opportunities to fish, but also to learn about proper techniques, ethical angling and how to protect fish and their habitat.

Licenced anglers and club members: The Weekend and Week are for you, too. Take an unlicensed friend out fishing, or attend an event with your kids. As a group, consider organizing a Weekend event. Put on a clinic, an educational children's event or use the Weekend to involve the public in an enhancement project. Information to help you plan and run events is available from the following partners:

Please contact during business hours:


  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (705) 748-6324


For more information, visit the  Ontario Family Fishing Events websiteexternal web site or send your question to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters at:


For general fisheries information, please call the Natural Resources Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940.