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Cast a line for free! It's Family Fishing Week in Ontario

Fish without a licence until July 10 for Family Fishing Week; Craigleith Provincial Park, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and Wasaga Beach Public Library all offer the program
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Try a new activity or reconnect with your passion for fishing this week.

It's Family Fishing Week in Ontario until July 10. That means you can try your luck on the lake or river without a fishing licence.

If you don't have the equipment, TackleShare is run by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and offers free loan rods and reels. In the Collingwood area, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, the Wasaga Beach Public Library and Craigleith Provincial Park all offer the program, and advise to call ahead for availability. Find other locations here.

There are still rules for people making use of the free fishing period. 

You must: 

  • follow conservation licence catch limits 
  • obey size limits and sanctuaries 
  • follow the fishing regulations 
  • carry a permit of government-issued ID showing your name and date of birth

Details on conservation catch limits and other regulations that must be followed are available here.