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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 14 includes the waters of Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron. This zone has:

  • the largest bay on the Great Lakes
  • Thirty Thousand Islands, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago
  • shoreline that includes Canadian Shield, glacial areas and limestone
  • many tributaries draining the Canadian Shield
  • farmland to the south
  • near-shore fisheries for walleye, small and largemouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, yellow perch
  • offshore recreational fisheries for chinook salmon, rainbow trout
  • commercial fisheries for lake whitefish, walleye, lake trout, yellow perch

FMZ 14 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 14 map using Fish on-Line or a PDF.

FMZ 14:

  • includes the waters of Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron
  • stretches northwest to the compensation works on St. Mary’s River Sault Ste. Marie
  • dividing line from FMZ 13 (the main basin of Lake Huron) begins at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, goes through the Bruce archipelago to Manitoulin Island
  • FMZ boundary extends across river mouths in most cases
  • cities include Sault Ste. Marie, Blind River, Gore Bay, Little Current, Parry Sound, Midland, Collingwood, Owen Sound and Wiarton, and more than 20 First Nations communities

Legal boundary map and detail maps

Legal boundary map for FMZ 14 and detail maps 1 - 24.5 (PDF)

Regulation maps

Monitoring reports and management plans

Zone advisory council

The FMZ 14 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 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 14 advisory council, please contact the Upper Great Lakes management unit at 519-371-0420.

General fishing rules

Updated: May 19, 2021
Published: May 20, 2014