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The ministry has completed the fisheries management plan for FMZ 4.

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About this zone

FMZ 4 is located in northwest Ontario. This zone has:

  • a vast area (60,440 square kilometres) of which less than 25% is privately owned
  • lakes of intermediate depth and stained water clarity
  • important recreational, commercial and tourism-based fisheries
  • prominent fisheries for northern pike, walleye, lake trout, lake whitefish, smallmouth bass and muskellunge
  • brook trout, rainbow trout and splake stocked into many lakes for additional angling opportunities
  • the “Specially Designated Waters” of Red Lake, Gullrock Lake, Lac Seul, Minnitaki Lake, Abram Lake, Pelican Lake, Botsford Lake and Big Vermilion Lake

FMZ 4 is one of 20 fisheries management zones in the province.


Zone 4 is located in northwestern Ontario and includes the cities of Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout and Ignace.

View Fisheries Management Zone 4 map using Fish on-Line or a PDF.

FMZ 4:

  • is bordered to the west by Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and the Manitoba border
  • its eastern edge borders Brightsand River Provincial Park and Wabikimi Provincial Park
  • its northern border is marked by the Berens River and Cat River systems
  • its southern border follows Highway 17 and the Canadian National Railway line
  • cities include Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout and Ignace

Legal boundary map and detail maps

Legal boundary map for FMZ 4 and detail maps 1 - 22 (PDF)

Monitoring reports and management plans

Zone advisory council

The FMZ 4 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

More information about the Fisheries Management Zone 4 advisory council please contact Steve Bobrowicz.

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