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

Regulations are current to 2021-06-28 and last amended on 2020-12-16. Previous Versions

PART 2Sport Fishing (continued)

Angling Restrictions (continued)

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (5), no person shall angle with more than one line.

  • (2) A person who is angling through the ice may use two lines, except in the waters set out in Part 6 of Schedule 4.

  • (3) A person who is angling in open water from a fishing vessel may use two lines in the waters set out in Part 7 of Schedule 4.

  • (4) A person who is trolling may use two lines in the waters set out in Part 8 of Schedule 4.

  • (5) A person who is angling for common carp may use up to three lines in the waters of fisheries management zones 12 to 20, if all of the following conditions are met:

    • (a) the person is using plant-based bait or synthetic corn;

    • (b) if the person is angling from a fishing vessel, all of the lines used by the person are on that vessel with the person; and

    • (c) if the person is not angling from a fishing vessel, each line used by the person is within two metres of another line used by the person.

 No person who is angling through the ice shall

  • (a) be more than 60 m from a hole in the ice through which they are angling; or

  • (b) fail to maintain a clear and unobstructed view of a line with which they are angling.

Fishing at Night

  •  (1) No person shall sport fish during the period between sunset and sunrise.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who is

    • (a) angling, except in the waters of Eagle Lake (49º42′ N, 93º13′ W);

    • (b) fishing by means of a baitfish trap;

    • (c) fishing for rainbow smelt by means of a dip net or seine net; or

    • (d) fishing for lake herring or lake whitefish by means of a dip net.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 19(E)

Sport Fishing Other Than Angling

  •  (1) No person shall sport fish using

    • (a) a dip net

      • (i) with dimensions that are greater than 183 cm by 183 cm if the dip net is angular, or

      • (ii) with a diameter that is greater than 183 cm if the dip net is circular;

    • (b) a seine net with dimensions that are greater than 10 m by 2 m;

    • (c) a baitfish trap of a length that is greater than 51 cm or a diameter that is greater than 31 cm;

    • (d) more than one dip net, baitfish trap or seine net; or

    • (e) a baitfish trap unless it is legibly marked with their name and address.

  • (2) No person who is sport fishing by a means other than by angling shall

    • (a) catch and retain in any one day or possess fish of a species set out in column 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 from the waters set out in column 3 in an amount that exceeds the quota set out in column 5 or 6, as the case may be;

    • (b) use any gear other than the gear set out in column 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 for fishing for a species set out in column 1;

    • (c) fish for, or catch and retain, a species of fish set out in column 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 from the waters set out in column 3 during the close time set out in column 4;

    • (d) fish for, or catch and retain, a species of fish set out in column 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 from any waters other than the waters set out in column 3; or

    • (e) fish for, or catch and retain, any species of fish other than the species set out in column 1 of Parts 1 and 2 of Schedule 6.

  • SOR/2011-154, s. 2
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 20(E)
  •  (1) No person who is sport fishing by a means other than angling shall

    • (a) subject to section 28.1, catch and retain in any one day or possess more baitfish than the quota set out in column 5 of Part 2 of Schedule 6;

    • (b) when fishing for baitfish, use any gear other than the gear set out in column 2 of Part 2 of Schedule 6; or

    • (c) fish for baitfish during the close time set out in column 4 of Part 2 of Schedule 6.

  • (2) Other than suckers or lake herring, no non-resident shall fish for, or catch and retain baitfish, by a means other than by angling.

  • SOR/2009-328, s. 5
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 21

Live Holding Methods

  •  (1) No person who is sport fishing shall place or use in any waters a live holding box or impounding device unless

    • (a) it is legibly marked with the licence holder’s name and address; and

    • (b) the markings are visible without raising it from the water.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to

    • (a) a live holding box that forms part of or is attached to a fishing vessel; or

    • (b) a bucket or other moveable container that contains baitfish.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 22(F)
  •  (1) No person who is sport fishing shall use a stringer, impounding device or live holding box for holding fish in Lake Nipigon and its tributaries.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), a person who is sport fishing may hold fish, other than brook trout or lake trout, in a livewell on Lake Nipigon or its tributaries.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 23

Identification and Measurement of Fish

  •  (1) Unless the fish is being prepared for immediate consumption, no person shall skin, cut or pack any fish caught by sport fishing in such a manner that the species cannot easily be identified or the number cannot easily be counted.

  • (2) No person shall possess a fish that is skinned, cut or packed in contravention of subsection (1).

  • (3) A person who is in possession of a fish caught by sport fishing for which there is an applicable size limit shall keep the fish in a manner that allows the size to be easily measured, unless the fish

    • (a) is being prepared for immediate consumption;

    • (b) is prepared at an overnight accommodation for storage;

    • (c) is being transported by the person on the water from a temporary overnight accommodation and that person is not sport fishing; or

    • (d) is being transported overland.

  • (4) Subsection (3) does not apply to a person who possesses

    • (a) fish from which samples have been collected for scientific purposes by an employee authorized by the provincial Minister or a person who possesses fish under a licence to collect fish for scientific purposes issued under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, Statutes of Ontario, 1997, c. 41; and

    • (b) documentation given by the person or employee containing information on the samples and their collection including the original length or weight of the fish.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 24

PART 3Commercial Fishing and Commercial Bait Fishing

Commercial Baitfish Gear

 No person who is fishing for baitfish under a commercial bait licence shall use a dip net

  • (a) with dimensions that are greater than 305 cm by 305 cm if the dip net is angular; or

  • (b) with a diameter that is greater than 305 cm if the dip net is circular.

  • SOR/2014-311, s. 7

Gear Markings

  •  (1) No person who is fishing under a commercial bait licence shall place or use a baitfish trap that is not legibly marked with the licence holder’s name or licence number.

  • (2) No person who is operating under a commercial fishing licence or a commercial bait licence shall place or use in any waters a live holding box or impounding device unless

    • (a) it is legibly marked with the licence holder’s name or licence number, and

    • (b) the markings are visible without raising the box or device from the water.

  • SOR/2009-328, s. 6
  • SOR/2014-311, s. 8
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 25(F)
 
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