News and updates

The comment period regarding proposed changes to fishing sanctuaries for Fushimi Lake and the Valentine River near Hearst ended on May 11, 2021.

All comments and feedback received are being considered. Final changes will be included in the 2022 Ontario Fishing Regulation Summary.

Fishing rules

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About this zone

FMZs 1, 2 and 3 are located in Ontario’s Far North. These zones have:

  • few roads and limited access
  • limited fishing pressure
  • large rivers that drain into the Arctic watershed
  • large areas where using live bait is prohibited

FMZs 1, 2 and 3 are 3 of 20 fisheries management zones in the province.


Zones 1, 2 and 3 includes the majority of northern Ontario from the Manitoba border eastwards to James Bay.

View Fisheries Management Zone 1, 2 and 3 maps using Fish on-Line (FMZ 1, FMZ 2, and FMZ 3) or a PDF.

FMZs 1, 2 and 3:

  • make up the majority of Ontario’s Far North
  • reaches the Manitoba border on the west
  • bounded by Hudson’s Bay to the north
  • ends at James Bay on the eastern borders of FMZs 1 and 3
  • communities include Attawapiskat, Moosonee, Pickle Lake, Hearst

Legal boundary map and details maps

Monitoring reports and management plans

None at this time.

Zone advisory council

These fisheries management zones do not have advisory councils yet.

General fishing rules