Fisheries Management Zone 18 (FMZ 18)
Information about fishing and how fish resources are managed in Fisheries Management Zone 18 (Eastern Ontario).
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News and updates
The comment period for providing input on some temporary changes to the fishing regulations on Opinicon Lake and Charleston Lake is now closed.
All comments and feedback are being reviewed and considered. We'll report back on these proposed changes in December 2023.
- find specific rules for fishing in FMZ 18
- use the Fish on-Line mapping tool
- find a complete set of fishing rules in the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary
About this zone
FMZ 18 is located in southeastern Ontario. This zone has:
- the connecting lakes and rivers of the Rideau waterway
- the Canadian Shield at its heart
- the St. Lawrence Lowlands to the east and west
- watersheds for the Crowe, Mississippi, Napanee, Cataraqui, Rideau, Salmon, South Nation and Raisin Rivers
- the province’s most southerly lake trout populations, other than in the Great Lakes
- mainly warm-water fish (e.g. bass, crappie, sunfish, muskellunge) and cool-water fish (e.g. walleye, northern pike, yellow perch)
FMZ 18 is one of 20 fisheries management zones in the province.
- ends at Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to the south (FMZ 20)
- follows the Ottawa River (FMZ 12) to the north and east
- cities include Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall, Belleville, Perth, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Carleton Place
Legal boundary map and detail maps
Monitoring reports and management plans
Zone advisory council
The FMZ 18 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
For more information about the Fisheries Management Zone 18 advisory council, please contact Kemptville district office.