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Fisheries management planning is underway for this zone. Updates and opportunities to comment will be posted here.

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About this zone

FMZ 19 is located in southern Ontario. This zone has:

  • the shallowest and most productive Great Lake
  • a large and valuable commercial fishery for walleye and yellow perch
  • important recreational fisheries for walleye, yellow perch, rainbow trout, bass

FMZ 19 is one of 20 fisheries management zones in the province.


Zone 19 consists of Lake Erie including Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair, Detroit and Upper Niagara Rivers.
View Fisheries Management Zone 19 map using Fish on-Line or a PDF.

FMZ 19:

  • includes the Canadian waters of Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, as well as the Detroit, St. Clair and Upper Niagara Rivers
  • cities along its borders include Windsor, Sarnia, Port Stanley, Port Colborne, Fort Erie

Legal boundary map and detail maps

Legal boundary map for FMZ 19 and detail maps 1 - 18.1 (PDF)

Monitoring reports and management plans

Joint strategic plan for the management of Great Lakes fisheries

Zone advisory council

The FMZ 19 council provides advice during the development of fisheries management 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 FMZ 19 council, contact the:

Lake Erie management unit

General fishing rules