Overview

The Learn to Fish program introduces kids, teens and adults to fishing. This fun and engaging two–hour program combines a one-hour practical teaching session with one hour of supervised hands–on fishing.

The program will teach you how to:

  • rig, bait and cast a fishing rod
  • identify and catch local fish species
  • get a fishing licence and follow fishing regulations
  • discover more about fishing in Ontario
  • fish safely and sustainably

We provide everything you need, including:

  • experienced instructors focused on fish, fun and safety
  • fishing rod, reel and bait
  • a fishing licence to take part in the Learn to Fish program
  • lifejacket and sunglasses

Where you can learn to fish

We offer the Learn to Fish program four to six times per week at our host locations from  July to late August in:

  • Earl Rowe Provincial Park
  • Emily Provincial Park
  • Grundy Lake Provincial Park
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority properties

Learn to Fish program schedule

We are excited to bring back our in-person Learn to Fish program for the 2022 season.

In-park schedule

LocationDate and time
Earl Rowe Provincial Park
4998 Concession #7
Tosorontio Township, Ontario
L9R 1W1
Runs from June 17 until August 22, 2022
  • June 17: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 18: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 19: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 20: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • June 23: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 24: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 25: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 26: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • June 30: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 1: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 2: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 3: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 4: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • July 7: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 8: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 9: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 10: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 11: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • July 14: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 15: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 16: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 17: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 18: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • July 21: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 22: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 24: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 25: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • July 29: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 30: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 31: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 1: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 4: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 5: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 6: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 7: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 8: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • August 11: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 12: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 13: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 14: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 15: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • August 18: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 19: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 20: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 21: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • August 22: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Emily Provincial Park
797 Emily Park Rd
Omemee, Ontario
 K0L 2W0

Runs from June 24 until August 18, 2022.
  • Weekly schedule from Wednesday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grundy Lake Provincial Park
20400 Hwy 522, Rural Route #1
Grundy Park, Britt, Ontario
P0G 1A0
Runs from June 22 until August 28, 2022.
  • Weekly schedule from Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Note: programs will be unavailable from June 25 to 26 and August 22 to 26.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
(Various locations)
Visit the (TRCA) website for the schedule.

Pop-up schedule

LocationDate and time
Valens Lake Conservation Area
1691 Regional 97 Rd
Cambridge, Ontario
N1R 5S7
  • July 7, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fifty Point Conservation Area
1479 Baseline Rd
Hamilton, Ontario
L8E 3L8
  • July 9, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Darlington Provincial Park
1500 Darlington Park Rd
Bowmanville, Ontario
L1C 3K3
This location offers pre-registration. To pre-register contact Ethan.Gardner@ontario.ca
  • July 18, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • July 23, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Balsam Lake Provincial Park
2238 Kawartha Lakes County Rd 48
Kirkfield, Ontario
K0M 2B0
  • July 20, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • July 21, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
148 Woodvale Rd
Lansdowne, Ontario
K0E 1L0
  • July 27, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Silent Lake Provincial Park
1589 Silent Lake Park Road
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0
  • August 4, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Six Mile Provincial Park
2024 Joe King's Road
Port Severn, Ontario
L0K 1S0
  • August 16, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • August 17, 2022
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn to Fish outreach program

Our mobile unit travels to festivals and events across Ontario to introduce new anglers to recreational fishing.

We engage people in fishing through:

  • information videos
  • a build–your–own fishing lure activity
  • a fishing simulator

Beginner anglers can talk with experienced staff and take home a wide variety of introductory fishing publications.

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Image of an instructor outdoors pointing to a Fish of Ontario poster on a trailer in front of an audience of participants

How to book the Learn to Fish mobile unit

Our outreach program targets family–friendly events that draw a high percentage of new or non–anglers.

To invite the Learn to Fish mobile unit to your event, contact us.

We will ask you to complete a short event information form to help us learn more about your event. We will assess events based on:

  • whether the event fits with the program goals
  • our availability

What we heard from you: 2019 Learn to Fish feedback results

  • 98% were satisfied with their Learn to Fish experience.
  • 98% reported improved fishing skills.
  • 97% would recommend the Learn to Fish program to others.

Note: we were unable to provide our in-park Learn to Fish program in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Learn to Fish — Digital

The digital Learn to Fish program helps you navigate this new world of fishing. Follow along as we review all the basics of how to fish with videos, quizzes and other resources like our Learn to Fish Guide.

At the end of this program, you will have the knowledge and confidence to fish on your own.

Follow us on social media @FishWildlifeON for more information.

Request fishing information materials

If you are interested in Learn to Fish promotional materials for your event, contact us.

Sponsorships

The Learn to Fish program is provided by the ministry with support from our sponsors.

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