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Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007 (SOR/2007-237)

Regulations are current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2018-10-23. Previous Versions

PART 1General (continued)

Prohibition on Bringing Bait Into Ontario

 No person shall bring into Ontario, for use as bait,

  • (a) crayfish or salamanders; or

  • (b) live fish or leeches.

Invasive Species

  •  (1) No person shall possess, transport or release members of an invasive species except in accordance with the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations or as authorized under a licence issued under subsection (2).

  • (2) The provincial Minister may issue a licence to a person to possess, transport or release invasive species in specified quantities if

    • (a) they are an employee or a person referred to in subsection 13(1) of the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations;

    • (b) they use the equipment and controls necessary to protect against any unauthorized release of invasive species into Ontario waters; and

    • (c) the possession is for scientific, educational or aquatic invasive species control purposes.

  • SOR/2015-121, s. 38
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 6

Specially Protected Fish

  •  (1) No person shall fish for or possess a specially protected fish except as authorized under a licence issued under subsection (2).

  • (2) The provincial Minister may issue a licence to a person to fish for or possess specially protected fish if

    • (a) they are a qualified fisheries researcher working in a recognized research facility; and

    • (b) the purpose of their fishing or possession is the conservation or protection of the species.

  • (3) Despite subsection (1), a person may possess an American eel if the person has documentary evidence to show that the eel was lawfully obtained outside of Ontario.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 7

Close Times Applicable to Fish Sanctuaries

  •  (1) No person shall fish in the waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule V to the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 1989, during the close time set out in column II of that item.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2009-328, s. 2]

  • SOR/2009-328, s. 2

Prohibited Fishing Methods and Gear

  •  (1) No person shall fish with

    • (a) a hook used in such a manner as to pierce or hook a fish in any part of the body other than the mouth;

    • (b) a gaff;

    • (c) a snare;

    • (d) a snagger; or

    • (e) a spear gun.

  • (2) Despite paragraph (1)(b), a person may use a gaff, other than a spring gaff, to assist in the landing of a fish.

  • (3) No person shall retain a fish that has been pierced or hooked in any part of the body other than the mouth while angling except a fish that has been pierced or hooked while being landed with a gaff that is not a spring gaff.

  • SOR/2014-311, s. 2
  •  (1) No person shall possess a snagger, spear gun or spring gaff in any waters or within 30 m of any water’s edge.

  • (2) Except when spear fishing in accordance with these Regulations, no person shall possess a spear for the purpose of fishing in any waters or within 30 m of any water’s edge.

  • (3) No person shall possess a snare for the purpose of fishing in any waters or within 30 m of any water’s edge.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 8

Use of Artificial Light

 No person shall use an artificial light to attract fish except

  • (a) to fish for lake herring, lake whitefish or smelt by any means other than by angling; or

  • (b) when angling, as part of a lure attached to a line.

Release of Fish

 A person, other than a person fishing under a commercial fishing licence, who catches a fish, other than an invasive species, the retention or possession of which is prohibited by these Regulations, shall immediately return the fish to the waters from which it was caught and, if the fish is alive, release it in a manner that causes the least harm to that fish.

  • SOR/2015-121, s. 39

Variation of Close Times, Fishing Quotas and Size Limits

  •  (1) If a close time, fishing quota or limit on the size of fish is fixed in respect of an area, the provincial Minister may, by order, vary that close time, fishing quota or limit in respect of the area or any portion of the area.

  • (2) If a close time, fishing quota or limit on the size of fish is varied, the provincial Minister shall give notice of the variation to the persons affected or likely to be affected by the variation by one or more of the following methods:

    • (a) broadcasting the notice over a radio station;

    • (b) publishing the notice in a newspaper;

    • (c) posting the notice in the area or in the vicinity of the area affected by the variation;

    • (d) giving written or oral notice;

    • (e) transmitting or posting the notice by electronic means; or

    • (f) publishing the notice in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summary of regulations pertaining to sport fishing.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 9

PART 2Sport Fishing

Sport Fishing Methods

 No person shall sport fish other than by angling or by means of a spear, dip net, baitfish trap, seine net, or bow and arrow.

Angling Close Times

 No person shall angle for, or catch by angling and retain, fish of a species set out in column 1 of Schedule 2 in the waters set out in column 2 during the close time set out in column 3.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 10(F)

Angling Quotas and Size Limits

 Subject to sections 19 to 21, no person who is fishing under a sport fishing licence or a conservation fishing licence shall catch and retain in any one day, or possess, fish of a species set out in column 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 from the waters set out in column 1,

  • (a) in an amount that exceeds the sport fishing licence quota or of a size that does not comply with the size limit set out in column 3; or

  • (b) in an amount that exceeds the conservation fishing licence quota or of a size that does not comply with the size limit set out in column 4.

Provincial Possession Limits

 Subject to section 18, no person shall possess fish of a species set out in column 1 of Part 2 of Schedule 3, caught under a sport fishing licence or conservation fishing licence from the waters of all zones combined, in a quantity greater than the provincial possession limit set out in column 2.

  • SOR/2014-311, s. 3

Provincial trout and salmon Aggregate Quota

 No person shall catch and retain in any one day, or possess, a quantity of trout or salmon from the waters of all zones combined that in the aggregate is greater than

  • (a) five, when fishing under a sport fishing licence; or

  • (b) two, when fishing under a conservation fishing licence.

Daily Catch and Retain Quotas and Size Limits

 No person shall catch and retain in any one day fish of a species set out in column 3 of Part 3 of Schedule 3 as specified for the type of licence set out in column 1 from the waters set out in column 2 in an amount that exceeds the quota or does not comply with the size limit set out in column 4.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 11(F)

Non-resident Daily Catch and Retain Quotas and Size Limits

 No non-resident shall catch and retain in any one day fish of a species set out in column 3 of Part 4 of Schedule 3 as specified for the type of licence set out in column 1 from the waters set out in column 2 in an amount that exceeds the quota or of a size that does not comply with the size limit set out in column 4.

  • SOR/2017-195, s. 2

Non-resident Quotas and Size Limits

 No non-resident shall catch and retain in any one day or possess fish of a species set out in column 3 of Part 5 of Schedule 3 as specified for the type of licence set out in column 1 from the waters set out in column 2 in an amount that exceeds the quota or of a size that does not comply with the size limit set out in column 4.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 12

 If a non-resident under 18 years of age fishes under a sport fishing licence held by another person, the fish caught and retained or possessed shall be deemed to be caught and retained or possessed by the licence holder.

 
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