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The revised lake trout rehabilitation plan for Ontario waters of Lake Huron is available for your review. For more information, contact the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit at 519-371-0420.

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About this zone

 FMZ 13 is the Ontario waters of the main basin of Lake Huron. This zone has:

  • the largest basin of the 3rd-largest freshwater lake in the world
  • diverse shorelines that include limestone and glacial deposits
  • agricultural watersheds in the south
  • less-developed watersheds in the north
  • Ontario’s most popular sport fishery for chinook salmon, rainbow trout, walleye, yellow perch
  • commercial fisheries for lake whitefish, walleye, lake trout, yellow perch

FMZ 13 is one of 20 fisheries management zones in the province.


Zone 13 consists of the main basin of Lake Huron, while Zone 14 consists of Georgian Bay and the North Channel.
View Fisheries Management Zone 13 map using Fish on-Line or a PDF.

FMZ 13:

  • western edge follows the United States border south to the St. Clair River
  • edges the south shore of Manitoulin Island and the west coast of the Bruce Peninsula south to the St. Clair River
  • the boundary extends across river mouths in most cases
  • includes the Ontario waters of Lake Huron’s main basin
  • cities include Providence Bay and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island, Sauble Beach, Southampton, Kincardine, Goderich, Sarnia

Legal boundary map and detail maps

Legal boundary map for FMZ 13 and detail maps 1 - 10.3 (PDF)

Tributary mouth regulation maps

Monitoring reports and management plans

Zone advisory council

The FMZ 13 council provides advice during the development of fisheries objectives and strategies.

Council members represent a broad range of views including:

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

The advisory council participates in fisheries management by:

  • sharing ideas and expertise with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
  • helping to develop and implement management strategies
  • communicating with the local and angling community

For more information about the Fisheries Management Zone 13 advisory council, please contact the Upper Great Lakes management unit at 519-371-0420.

General fishing rules

Updated: November 19, 2021
Published: July 17, 2014