Fishing Week

Jul 6, 2023

Thursday, July 6

Shoreline fishing

To help celebrate Canada Day, the Ontario government is encouraging families, fishing enthusiasts and first-time anglers to participate in the province’s week-long free fishing event. From July 1 to July 9, Canadian residents can fish for free.

“To help families celebrate Canada Day, we’re making it easier to get out on the water and experience the world-class fishing opportunities that exist in Ontario,” said Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Fishing is a fun and affordable way for families to enjoy quality time, while connecting with nature.”

Important note

If you are fishing for free during this period, you must carry ID issued by the provincial or federal government, showing your name and date of birth.

Quick facts

  • This is the last free fishing period in 2023 when Canadian residents can fish for free.
  • If you are fishing for free during this Canada Day period, all conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries and all other fishing regulations and rules still apply.
  • All veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing in the province any time of year.

Additional Resources

What You Need to Know about Free Family Fishing

Fishing in Ontario

Find a new fishing spot using Fish ON-Line

Learn to Fish in Ontario

Guide to eating Ontario fish


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