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Increasing opportunities for resident and international anglers

The Ontario Government is working for the people by taking steps to expand recreational fishing opportunities in the province.

The government is proposing to allow resident recreational anglers and those visiting the province to use multiple lines when fishing carp from shore.

“This initiative is just one more way we want to make life easier for anglers,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Ontario has excellent carp fishing opportunities and we want to offer people the chance to experience sustainable multi-line carp fishing.”

“This proposal would make Ontario an attractive destination for tourism and competitive fishing events, so it would be a win-win for the people of Ontario and our local economy,” said Yakabuski. “Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario and by improving anglers’ experience, we are creating more opportunities for Ontario’s fishing and tourism industries to thrive and succeed.”

The Ontario Government is also making life more affordable for families by doubling the number of licence-free fishing events in 2019, including Father’s Day weekend (June 15 and 16), freezing fishing licence fees and removing the $2 service fee, and allowing veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members to fish for free in the province.

For more information on fishing in Ontario, please visit:

June 13, 2019, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


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