Front cover of the 2023 Fishing Regulations Summary with an image of a Brown Trout in a wooden net

Cover photo: This colourful brown trout caught from a Great Lakes tributary is a wonderful example of the varied fishing opportunities available to anglers in Ontario. To help you find your next fishing spot, check out Fish ON-Line by visiting
Photo Credit: Matt Martin

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This summary is meant as a convenient reference only, and is neither a legal document nor a complete collection of the current laws. For details on the current rules, see the federal Fisheries Act, Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations, Ontario Fishery Regulations, Variation Orders and Species at Risk Act, as well as the provincial Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and regulations, Invasive Species Act, and Endangered Species Act. The maps in this summary are intended as a guide only, with more detailed maps of Zone boundaries available at or local ministry work centres.

ISSN 1911-6276 (200 k.P.R., 12/12/22)