Fish for free this Mother’s Day across Ontario

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Canadian residents across Ontario will have the opportunity to fish for free this upcoming weekend in honour of Mother’s Day.

“Free fishing is a great way to get out as a family to celebrate Mother’s Day and enjoy our beautiful lakes, rivers and streams,” stated Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry in a media release. “Whether you’re new to fishing or have been doing it for years, what better way to kick off the spring season than enjoying fishing with family or friends.”

Regardless of fishing experience, individuals can participate in this initiative, marking the beginning of the spring season with family or friends.

Additional annual free fishing events coming up this year include Father’s Day weekend (June 15 and 16), and Family Fishing Week to celebrate Canada Day (June 29-July 7).

“Canadian residents taking part in free fishing periods need to carry physical identification issued by the provincial or federal government, showing name and date of birth,” explains a media release from the province. Participants are asked to note that all conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries, and other fishing regulations and rules remain in effect.

Ontario fishing licences can be purchased online at If buying online, always look for the Ontario logo. You can also purchase in person at participating ServiceOntario or licence issuer locations.

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