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The ministry has completed the final Fisheries Management Plan for FMZ 12 (PDF).

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About this zone

FMZ 12 is located along the Ontario – Quebec Border. This zone has:

  • the large and diverse fishery of the Ottawa River
  • valuable recreational and tourism industries
  • important fisheries for walleye, sauger, northern pike, muskellunge, and largemouth and smallmouth bass

FMZ 12 is one of 20 fisheries management zones in the province.


Zone 12 consists of Lake Temiskaming and the Ottawa River, including the Madawaska and Mississippi Rivers to the first dam.
View Fisheries Management Zone 12 map using Fish on-Line or a PDF.

FMZ 12:

  • includes the Ontario portions of Lake Temiskaming and the Ottawa River
  • includes the Madawaska and Mississippi Rivers upstream to the first dam
  • cities include Ottawa, Pembroke, Deep River, Hawkesbury

Legal boundary map and detail maps

Legal boundary map for FMZ 12 and detail maps 1 - 10.2 (PDF)

Monitoring reports and management plans

None at this time.

Zone Advisory Council

The FMZ 12 council provides advice during the development of fisheries objectives and strategies.

Council members represent a broad range of views including:

  • angling groups
  • scientists and researchers
  • conservation groups
  • interested community members

The advisory council participates in fisheries management by:

  • sharing ideas and expertise with the ministry
  • helping to develop and implement management strategies
  • communicating with the local and angling community

General fishing rules