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Ontario Fishing Tips

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1. If you're bound for a fishing trip to the North Country, expect to spend much on transportation, your outfit, licenses, and permits. For a lot of people, the trip's highlight will be fishing. For this reason, you should get a new line on your reel.

2. Protect your eyes while fishing. You should only invest in a good quality pair of polarized sunglasses, as it will aid in protecting the eyes and provide superior visual penetration into the water.

3. Keep mosquito repellent and plastic worms in a separate compartment, making sure they are out of the tackle box as both items contain lacquer solvent that can soften the paint of any metal, plastic, or wood lure the soft color may never harden.

4. Always keep a small file or a small stone handy to be used to keep the hooks needle sharp.

5. Learn how to tie good knots. Practice carefully until such time that you are already sure that they will hold.

General fishing guidelines:

1. Don't fish with any bait in just one spot for more than ten casts. If by those casts, nothing changes, it's time you change location.

2. Properly position the canoe, not too close or far from the fish. If you are too tight, you will frighten the fish. If you are too far, you can not accurately place the lure.

3. When doing top water fishing, do not set the hook until you can feel that the fish is on the lure, being very careful not to surprise the fish. Just keep on working the interest cautiously towards you.

4. Be very patient. Just be sure that you know you are in a suitable fish-producing area.

5. Always be quiet, as sound can travel through the water better than through the air.

6. Release any fish you do not plan to eat carefully, instantly, and safely. Preservation of Ontario's fishing resources is essential and needed for fishing to continue thriving.

7. While waiting for your catch, or when you do catch anything or none at all, look at the scene behind you, take a deep breath and enjoy the only Lakeland wilderness in the entire world!

Fishing Regulations

Carry your license with you

Residents of Canada should have a fishing-version Outdoors Card and must have a fishing license tag attached to it so that it can be considered valid.

Non-Canadian residents should have their basic license form signed, and the correct license tag fastened to be considered valid.

Remember that an Outdoors Card or non-resident license card is non-transferable; it grants privileges to you alone. It should be carried with you each time you go fishing.

Note that whenever a Conservation Officer requests to see and examine your license, the law requires you to show it.

State and District Regulations

State and District rules control angling in Ontario. The key and significant State law regarding fishing are Ontario's "Fisheries Act,"; which defends guards, takes care of, and saves fish and its habitat. Likewise, it controls the fishing seasons, limits to catch, possession, and size, the gears allowed, and fish sanctuaries. On the other hand, the "Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act" is the primary provincial law that regulates fishing. It is stated in this decree that fishing licenses are issued.

Wildlife Protection and Preservation Officers

Wildlife Protection Officers have the authority to inspect, search, arrest, and seize under the different acts they carry out, together with Ontario’s "Fish and Wildlife Preservation decree" and the "Fisheries Regulation and Act." During the Conservation Officer's duty, they may do the following:

1. Ask essential questions that are about the inspection they are conducting;

2. Review and examine buildings;

3. Stop and examine a boat, vehicle, or aircraft;

4. Confiscate certain items which are related to the offense that an individual may have done;

5. Search and investigate having the warrant to legalize such search;

6. Search and investigate having no warrant to support the search in situations that require immediate attention and action;

7. Arrest anybody that the Wildlife Preservation Officer supposes and believe has committed, or is in the act of performing, or is about to complete a violation or offense.

Open Seasons

The species in the area determine the opening and closing dates of the fishing season change. It is illegal to try catching a fish for which the season has already been closed, even if one is going to release it after. Do understand that closed seasons protect the fish at the time of the year when they are most susceptible, especially during spawning.

Unless specially stated, species not on the list have a year-round open season.







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