Ontario Fishing License

Discover everything you need to know about fishing in the beautiful lakes and rivers of Ontario. This category covers the latest regulations, license requirements, best fishing spots, and expert tips for an enjoyable and successful angling experience. Learn about the different types of fishing licenses available, catch limits, seasonal restrictions, and how to obtain your Ontario fishing license online or from authorized vendors. Get insider information on the hottest fishing destinations, target species, recommended gear, and techniques from seasoned anglers. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, this category is your go-to resource for planning your next Ontario fishing adventure.

Ontario Fishing

How to Get Your Ontario Fishing License in 2024

Fishing in Ontario’s stunning lakes, rivers, and streams is a cherished pastime for anglers of all skill levels. However, before you can cast your line and reel in your catch, it’s crucial to obtain the proper fishing licenses and follow


Yes, most people aged 18-64 require a valid Ontario fishing license to legally fish in the province. You must carry your Outdoors Card or license summary whenever fishing. Some exceptions apply for youth under 18, seniors 65+, Indigenous persons, and on designated license-free family fishing weekends.

Ontario offers two main types of recreational fishing licenses:

  1. Sport Fishing License – Allows for full catch and possession fishing privileges.
  2. Conservation Fishing License – Has reduced catch and possession limits at a lower cost, ideal for catch-and-release.

Licenses are available as 1-day, 8-day, 1-year or 3-year options for residents and non-residents.

License fees vary based on residency, license type and duration. For example:

  • Ontario resident 3-year sport fishing license: $79.71
  • Canadian resident annual conservation license: $21.93
  • Non-resident 8-day sport fishing license: $54.95

Seniors 65+ receive a discount. Check the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for current pricing.

You can purchase a fishing license:

  • Online through the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service
  • From a participating ServiceOntario location
  • Through a licensed issuer like Canadian Tire, Pro Shops, etc.
  • By phone at 1-800-288-1155 (for 3-year renewals)

An Outdoors Card is required with your license, which is mailed after purchase.

To buy a license, provide:

  • Name, date of birth, address
  • Height, eye color
  • Outdoors Card number (if renewing)

While fishing, you must carry:

  • Outdoors Card
  • License Summary listing valid fishing license
  • Government-issued ID if under 18 or over 65

Ontario is divided into 20 Fisheries Management Zones (FMZs), each with specific rules and catch limits for species, size, season, bait, etc. Limits are lower with a Conservation License.

Download the Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for your FMZ and follow the rules to avoid fines. Contact the Natural Resources Information Center for questions.

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