SF – 2022/16

Under the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007

Pursuant to the authority vested in me in subsection 13(1) of the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007, made under the Fisheries Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. F-14, I hereby authorize and declare the following:

  1. That Sport Fishing Variation Order for Fisheries Management Zone 16 (SF-2021/16) signed by Minister Yakabuski on November 23, 2020 is revoked and replaced by this Sport Fishing Variation Order for Fisheries Management Zone 16 (SF-2022/16).
  2. That the angling close times as set out in Schedule 2 to the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007 and the angling quotas and size limits as set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the said Regulations for Fisheries Management Zone 16 are hereby varied as set out in Schedules A, B and C to this Sport Fishing Variation Order.
  3. That if there is a conflict between this Sport Fishing Variation Order and a close time for a fish sanctuary, the close time for the fish sanctuary prevails.
  4. That this Sport Fishing Variation Order comes into effect January 1, 2022.

Dated at Toronto this 2nd day of November, 2021.

Greg Rickford
Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Schedule A – Zone-wide close times, quotas and size limits for Fisheries Management Zone 16

Subject to Schedules B and C of this Variation Order the following angling close times, quotas and size limits (measured in total length) apply to all waters in Fisheries Management Zone 16.
Species or combination of speciesClose timeSport fishing licence quota and size limitConservation fishing licence quota and size limit
Atlantic salmonJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April and October 1 to December 3100
Black & white crappieNo close time30, any size10, any size
Brook troutJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April and October 1 to December 315, any size2, any size
Brown troutJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April and October 1 to December 315, any size2, any size
Channel catfishNo close time12, any size6, any size
Lake sturgeonJanuary 1 to December 31N/AN/A
Lake troutOctober 1 to December 312, any size1, any size
Lake whitefishNo close time12, any size6, any size
Largemouth & smallmouth bassJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in June and December 1 to December 316, any size2, any size
MuskellungeJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 1st Saturday in June and December 16 to December 311, must be greater than 91 cm0
Northern pikeApril 1st to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May6, any size2, any size
Pacific salmonJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April and October 1 to December 315, any size2, any size
Rainbow troutJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April and October 1 to December 312, any size1, any size
SplakeNo close time5, any size2, any size
SunfishNo close time50, any size25, any size
Walleye & saugerMarch 16 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May4, not more than 1 greater than 46 cm2, not more than 1 greater than 46 cm
Yellow perchNo close time50, any size25, any size
Any other speciesNo close timeNo limitNo limit

Schedule B – Exceptions to the Zone-wide close times, quotas and size limits for Fisheries Management Zone 16

Despite Schedule A of this Variation Order the angling close times, quotas and size limits (measured in total length) set out in this Schedule apply in the following waters. For greater clarity, where this schedule indicates "no change", the Zone-wide requirement in Schedule A applies.
WatersSpecies or combination of speciesClose timeSport fishing licence quota and size limitConservation fishing licence quota and size limit
Bruce and Grey Counties (inland rivers/streams only)All species except those listed for: walleye and sauger, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, and lake sturgeonJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April and October 1 to December 31No changeNo change
Bruce and Grey Counties (inland rivers/streams only)Walleye and saugerJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May and October 1 to December 31No changeNo change
Bruce and Grey Counties (inland rivers/streams only)Largemouth and smallmouth bassJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in June and October 1 to December 31No changeNo change
Bruce and Grey Counties (inland rivers/streams only)Northern pikeJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May and October 1 to December 31No changeNo change
Bruce and Grey Counties (inland rivers/streams only)MuskellungeJanuary 1 to the Friday before the 1st Saturday in June and October 1 to December 31No changeNo change
Bruce and Grey Counties (inland rivers/streams only)Lake sturgeonJanuary 1 to December 31N/AN/A
Credit River and tributaries - upstream of Old Baseline Road, Town of Caledon, Regional Municipality of PeelBrook troutNo change00
Credit River and tributaries - upstream of Old Baseline Road, Town of Caledon, Regional Municipality of PeelBrown troutNo change00
Credit River and tributaries - upstream of Old Baseline Road, Town of Caledon, Regional Municipality of PeelRainbow troutNo change00
Grand River - between the former town of Paris (City of Brant County) and Brantford from a line across the Grand River in Paris at 100 m downstream of the Highway 2 bridge downstream to the pedestrian and service bridge that crosses the Grand River on an angle upstream (west) of the Brant Conservation Area in the City of BrantfordWalleyeNo change00
Grand River - between the former town of Paris (City of Brant County) and Brantford from a line across the Grand River in Paris at 100 m downstream of the Highway 2 bridge downstream to the pedestrian and service bridge that crosses the Grand River on an angle upstream (west) of the Brant Conservation Area in the City of BrantfordSmallmouth bassNo change00
Grand River - between the former town of Paris (City of Brant County) and Brantford from a line across the Grand River in Paris at 100 m downstream of the Highway 2 bridge downstream to the pedestrian and service bridge that crosses the Grand River on an angle upstream (west) of the Brant Conservation Area in the City of BrantfordNorthern pikeNo change00
Grand River - between the former town of Paris (City of Brant County) and Brantford from a line across the Grand River in Paris at 100 m downstream of the Highway 2 bridge downstream to the pedestrian and service bridge that crosses the Grand River on an angle upstream (west) of the Brant Conservation Area in the City of BrantfordBrown troutNo change00
Grand River - between the former town of Paris (City of Brant County) and Brantford from a line across the Grand River in Paris at 100 m downstream of the Highway 2 bridge downstream to the pedestrian and service bridge that crosses the Grand River on an angle upstream (west) of the Brant Conservation Area in the City of BrantfordRainbow troutNo change00
Grand River - from the pedestrian and service bridge that crosses the Grand River on an angle upstream (west) of the Brant Conservation Area in the City of Brantford to the edge of Lake ErieBrown trout and rainbow troutNo change1, any size from October 1 to December 310 from October 1 to December 31
Grand River - from the water’s edge of Lake Erie upstream to the dam in the Town of Caledonia - Haldimand CountyWalleyeNo change4, any size2, any size
Grand River and its tributaries downstream of the Onondaga and Tuscarora Townships line to Lake ErieWalleyeMarch 1 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in MayNo changeNo change
Grand River and its tributaries downstream of the Onondaga and Tuscarora Townships line to Lake ErieNorthern pikeMarch 1 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in MayNo changeNo change

Grand River:

  • between the West Garafraxa 2nd Line and Scotland Street in the Town of Fergus;
  • between Tower Street in the Town of Fergus and the Bissell Dam in Nichol Township;
  • between 100 m downstream of a bridge located at the southern boundary of the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and a point 100 m upstream of Pilkington 8th Line in Pilkington Township;
  • between 100 m downstream of Pilkington 8th Line bridge and 100 m upstream of Pilkington Township and Woolwich Township boundary line;
  • between 100 m downstream of Pilkington Township and Woolwich Township boundary line and 100 m upstream of Highway 86 bridge
Brown troutNo change00

Grand River:

  • between the West Garafraxa 2nd Line and Scotland Street in the Town of Fergus;
  • between Tower Street in the Town of Fergus and the Bissell Dam in Nichol Township;
  • between 100 m downstream of a bridge located at the southern boundary of the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and a point 100 m upstream of Pilkington 8th Line in Pilkington Township;
  • between 100 m downstream of Pilkington 8th Line bridge and 100 m upstream of Pilkington Township and Woolwich Township boundary line;
  • between 100 m downstream of Pilkington Township and Woolwich Township boundary line and 100 m upstream of Highway 86 bridge
Rainbow troutNo change00

Grand River:

  • between the West Garafraxa 2nd Line and Scotland Street in the Town of Fergus;
  • between Tower Street in the Town of Fergus and the Bissell Dam in Nichol Township;
  • between 100 m downstream of a bridge located at the southern boundary of the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and a point 100 m upstream of Pilkington 8th Line in Pilkington Township;
  • between 100 m downstream of Pilkington 8th Line bridge and 100 m upstream of Pilkington Township and Woolwich Township boundary line;
  • between 100 m downstream of Pilkington Township and Woolwich Township boundary line and 100 m upstream of Highway 86 bridge
Brook troutNo change00
Humber River and tributaries upstream from Eglinton AvenueBrook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout in the aggregateNo change2, any size1, any size
Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching, the Green River and their tributaries, the Trent Canal System and its tributaries downstream from Lake Couchiching to Lock 42, the Trent Canal System in Brock and Ramara Townships, and the Severn River and its tributaries (excluding the Black River) downstream from Lake Couchiching to Wasdell Falls, all within the Regional Municipalities of York, Durham and Simcoe County and The District of MuskokaWalleyeMarch 16 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in MayNo changeNo change
Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching, the Green River and their tributaries, the Trent Canal System and its tributaries downstream from Lake Couchiching to Lock 42, the Trent Canal System in Brock and Ramara Townships, and the Severn River and its tributaries (excluding the Black River) downstream from Lake Couchiching to Wasdell Falls, all within the Regional Municipalities of York, Durham and Simcoe County and The District of MuskokaMuskellungeJanuary 1 to December 31N/AN/A
Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching, the Green River and their tributaries, the Trent Canal System and its tributaries downstream from Lake Couchiching to Lock 42, the Trent Canal System in Brock and Ramara Townships, and the Severn River and its tributaries (excluding the Black River) downstream from Lake Couchiching to Wasdell Falls, all within the Regional Municipalities of York, Durham and Simcoe County and The District of MuskokaYellow perchNo change100, any size50, any size
Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching, the Green River and their tributaries, the Trent Canal System and its tributaries downstream from Lake Couchiching to Lock 42, the Trent Canal System in Brock and Ramara Townships, and the Severn River and its tributaries (excluding the Black River) downstream from Lake Couchiching to Wasdell Falls, all within the Regional Municipalities of York, Durham and Simcoe County and The District of MuskokaLake troutMarch 16 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May and October 1 to December 31No changeNo change
Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching, the Green River and their tributaries, the Trent Canal System and its tributaries downstream from Lake Couchiching to Lock 42, the Trent Canal System in Brock and Ramara Townships, and the Severn River and its tributaries (excluding the Black River) downstream from Lake Couchiching to Wasdell Falls, all within the Regional Municipalities of York, Durham and Simcoe County and The District of MuskokaLake whitefishMarch 16 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May and October 1 to December 312, any size1, any size
Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching, the Green River and their tributaries, the Trent Canal System and its tributaries downstream from Lake Couchiching to Lock 42, the Trent Canal System in Brock and Ramara Townships, and the Severn River and its tributaries (excluding the Black River) downstream from Lake Couchiching to Wasdell Falls, all within the Regional Municipalities of York, Durham and Simcoe County and The District of MuskokaLake herring (cisco)March 16 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May and October 1 to December 312, any size1, any size
Nottawasaga River – from the Boyne River downstream (north) to the Pine RiverRainbow troutNo change00
Thames River - from the mouth of the Thames River at Lake St. Clair to the downstream side of the Keil Street Bridge in the Municipality of Chatham-KenttMuskellungeNo change1, must be greater than 112 cm0
Whitemans Creek (Horner Creek) - between Robinson Road and Cleaver Sideroad - Brantford TownshipBrown trout or rainbow troutNo change1, must be greater than 50 cm1, must be greater than 50 cm

Schedule C – Additional fishing opportunities for Fisheries Management Zone 16

Part A

Despite Schedules A and B of this Variation Order the close time for angling Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and Pacific salmon is January 1 to the Friday before the 4th Saturday in April in the following waters.

Waters

  • Bayfield River - Goderich and Stanley Townships from Highway 4 to the downstream side of the Highway 21 bridge (Huron County)
  • Beaver River - Collingwood Township from the Thornbury Dam to Georgian Bay (Grey County)
  • Big Creek - Walsingham Township, south of the Quance Dam to Regional Road 21 at Lynedoch
  • Big Otter Creek - Bayham Township (Elgin County)
  • Bighead River - St. Vincent Township (Grey County)
  • Bronte Creek - Town of Oakville from Highway 2 (Lakeshore Road West) upstream to the south side of Highway 407
  • Credit River and tributaries - from the south side of Britannia Road in the City of Mississauga upstream to the south side of the Highway 407 Bridge in the City of Brampton
  • Don River and tributaries - upstream from Eglinton Avenue in the City of Toronto to the south side of Highway 407 in the Regional Municipality of York
  • Grand River - from a line across the Grand River in Paris at 100 m downstream of the Highway 2 (Dundas Street West) bridge to the edge of Lake Erie
  • Hog Creek - Tay Township from the C.P.R. bridge (Lot 9, Concession 6) downstream (north) to Georgian Bay (Simcoe County)
  • Humber River and tributaries upstream from Eglinton Avenue in the City of Toronto to the south side of the Highway 407 bridge in the Regional Municipality of York
  • Little Otter Creek - East branch of Big Otter Creek in Bayham Township
  • Little Sauble River - Bruce Township from Highway 21 to Lake Huron (Bruce County)
  • Maitland River - Colborne, Goderich, Hullett, East and West Wawanosh, Turnberry Townships between County Road 4 and the downstream side of the Highway 21 bridge (Huron County)
  • Nine Mile (Lucknow) River - Ashfield and West Wawanosh Townships between County Road 86 and Lake Huron
  • North Creek - Middleton Township downstream of Highway 3
  • Rouge River - from Highway 2 (Kingston Road) in the City of Toronto upstream to the south side of Highway 407 in the Town of Markham
  • Sauble River - Amabel Township from the lowest ledge of Sauble Falls 440 m downstream to a line drawn perpendicular to the rivers current
  • Saugeen River - Arran, Amabel, Brant, Carrick, Elderslie, and Saugeen Townships and in the Town of Walkerton and the Village of Paisley, between the southerly edge of the Municipality of Brockton Concession 2 SDR road bridge and the westerly edge of the concrete abutments downstream of Denny’s Dam
  • Sixteen Mile Creek (Oakville Creek) and tributaries - Town of Oakville from Highway 2 (Lakeshore Road) upstream to the south side of Highway 407
  • Sturgeon River and tributaries - Tay and Oro-Medonte Townships (Simcoe County) - including the mouth of the Sturgeon River at Georgian Bay
  • Young’s Creek (Ryerse Creek) - County of Norfolk between the dam on Lot 23, Concession III, Charlotteville Township and the downstream side of the Front Road bridge at Port Ryerse

Part B

Despite Schedules A and B of this Variation Order the close time for angling brook trout is "no close time" in the following waters.

Waters

  • Bells Lake (44°19′17″N., 80°44′10″W.) - Glenelg Township

Part C

Despite Schedules A and B of this Variation Order the close time for angling Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and Pacific salmon is "no close time" in the following waters.

Waters

  • Black Creek - City of Nanticoke from Highway 3 to the junction with the Lynn River
  • Bronte Creek - Town of Oakville from Highway 2 (Lakeshore Road West) to Lake Ontario
  • Credit River and tributaries - City of Mississauga from the south side of Highway 403 bridge downstream to Lake Ontario
  • Don River and tributaries - City of Toronto from Lake Ontario upstream to Eglinton Avenue
  • Fifteen Mile Creek - City of St. Catharines and town of Lincoln between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lake Ontario
  • Forty Mile Creek - Town of Grimsby between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lake Ontario
  • Grindstone Creek - City of Burlington from Highway 2 (Plains Road) to Hamilton Harbour of Lake Ontario - City of Hamilton and Region of Halton
  • Highland Creek - City of Toronto from the downstream edge of the Highway 2 (Kingston Road) bridge to Lake Ontario.
  • Humber River - City of Toronto between Eglinton Ave and Lake Ontario
  • Nottawasaga River – from the Boyne River downstream (north) to Georgian Bay
  • Rouge River - City of Toronto between Highway 2 (Kingston Road) and Lake Ontario
  • Sixteen Mile (Oakville) Creek - Town of Oakville from Highway 2 (Lakeshore Road to Lake Ontario
  • Sixteen Mile Creek - Town of Lincoln between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lake Ontario
  • Spencer Creek - City of Hamilton from Highway 102 (Cootes Drive) to Lake Ontario
  • Thames River (main branch only) - Elgin County and Middlesex County and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Trout Pond of Waterford Ponds - City of Nanticoke
  • Twelve Mile Creek - City of St. Catharines between Lakeport Road and Lake Ontario
  • Twenty Mile Creek - Town of Lincoln between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lake Ontario
  • Young’s Creek (Ryerse Creek) - Woodhouse Township, from the downstream side of the Front Road bridge to Lake Erie at Port Ryerse

Part D

Despite Schedules A and B of this Variation Order the sport fishing licence quota for rainbow trout is "5", the conservation fishing licence quota for rainbow trout is "2" and the close time for angling rainbow trout and brown trout is "no close time" in the following waters.

Waters

  • Big Creek - Walsingham Township, downstream from Regional Road 21 to Long Point Bay of Lake Erie
  • North Thames River (main branch only) - Middlesex County

Part E

Despite Schedules A and B of this Variation Order the sport fishing licence quota for walleye is "6", any size, the conservation fishing licence quota for walleye is "2", any size and the close time for angling walleye is "no close time" in the following waters.

Waters

  • Chenail Ecarte - from the mouth of the Chenail Ecarte at Lake St. Clair to the mouth of the Sydenham River
  • Sydenham River - from the mouth of the Sydenham River at the Chenail Ecarte to the downstream side of the St. George Street Bridge in the Town of Dresden
  • Thames River - from the mouth of the Thames River at Lake St. Clair to the downstream side of the Keil Street Bridge in the Municipality of Chatham