Ontario fishery regulations: variation orders
Variation orders amend the Ontario fishery regulations.
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About fishing regulations
Ontario is divided into 20 Fisheries Management Zones. Ontario fishery regulations apply across the province, but each zone has exceptions to meet its unique needs. Those exceptions are made with variation orders, and reflected in the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary.
The Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary lists the current regulations and exceptions in each zone. Check it before you fish.
Changes to fishing regulations
Variations orders are amendments to the Ontario fishery regulations.
They protect and sustain Ontario fisheries by adjusting:
- fishing seasons
- eligible waterbodies
- species and catch limits
- other exceptions or additions
New variation orders
When it amends variation orders, the ministry notifies the public and posts the latest version.
Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary
Every year, the ministry publishes the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary. Anglers use this guide to follow the Ontario fishery regulations.
The Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary reflects the latest variation orders. Changes from the previous year are flagged with red text.
Current variation orders
Sport fishing variation orders
Each Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) has its own sport fishing variation order: