Fishing in Ontario

Enjoy Nature: Fishing in Ontario

Ontario has some of the best fishing in the world


With a quarter million lakes and countless streams and rivers, we have some of the best fishing anywhere. You can drop a line in or near cities - or head to a provincial park. In the north, Crown land provides endless opportunities for angling.


Kids fishing

Take your kids fishing!

This booklet can help you teach your children to fish safely and successfully.

Outdoors Card for fishing in Ontario

Fast Facts about Outdoors Cards and Fishing Licences

Learn what you need to start fishing in Ontario.

Family fishing from shore

Go Fishing Without a Licence!

Try your hand at angling during a licence-free weekend in February and a full week in July!


Getting Started


Get all the information you need for a successful fishing experience at Fish Ontario. Check out fishing seasons and regulations (here in Chinese). And find out what you need to do to get a fishing licence – whether you’re an Ontarian or non-resident.


Help keep our fisheries healthy


Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff actively manage Ontario’s fisheries. We monitor fish populations, support projects to improve habitat and stock about eight million fish each year.


As an angler, there are lots of things you can do to help keep our waterways and fish populations healthy.