Recreational Fishing Now Free for Canadian Armed Forces Members

As of January 1, 2019, all veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy recreational fishing across the province without having to purchase a fishing licence. A news release published earlier this month confirmed the Ontario Government's earlier promise to make fishing easier for Canadians. With this regulatory change, all Canadian Armed Forces members can fish without a licence throughout the year. "Our government is working to show appreciation for veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members, helping make it easier and more affordable to enjoy recreational fishing," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "By allowing veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members to fish for free in Ontario's beautiful waters and encourage more time outdoors, we are offering a token of recognition to these heroes who deserve our respect and gratitude. Thank you for your service." For more information, call the Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-667-1940 . Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

Ontario Cancels Scheduled 2019 Fishing Licence Fee Increase

The Ontario Government announced today that it will be canceling a scheduled fishing licence fee increase, as well as removing the $2 service fee. "Next year, whether renewing a licence or purchasing for the first time, there will be no price hike and no service fee. This will put $2.7 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. The Ministry also revealed that two new licence-free fishing events will be held in 2019. Now Ontario residents will be able to fish without a licence on Mother's Day, May 12, and Father's Day, June 16. "Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario," said Minister Yakabuski. "People come from all over the world to experience what this beautiful province has to offer, including fishing in our many lakes, rivers and streams, and we are helping the people of this province and their families do the same." For more information on the fishing licence fee in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/fishing. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

Ministry fishing muskie with Ontario anglers to learn about its habitat

Originally Published by CBC News, Nov 01, 2018 On a cool, October morning on a lake as clear as glass, volunteers geared up at the Belle River Marina in Lakeshore, Ont. to reel in the big muskie. About 40 anglers sent their fishing lines into the water alongside employees of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to — hopefully — catch at least 20 muskies. They would be tagged and sent back out into Lake St. Clair. Some do their fishing from a boat, while others help from the shoreline — including Mike Parker who's been helping the government for the second year in a row. "I help them with muskies when they're tagging them. When the boats come in, I'll help get the fish off the boats. Help them with the tanks, getting the stuff ready. Just here to participate and do some video and get the word out to the public," said Parker, who is a muskie tour guide. The health of the muskie population is important for business. Parker said there was a 2006 outbreak of viral hemorrhagic septicemia, a disease which killed of tens of thousands of muskies in Lake St. Clair. "Doing stuff like this here, we can see where the muskies are going and then if they're surviving and it really is something important to give back to the lake, so we can keep an eye on where the fish are going so we can see maybe why are these diseases hurting them and why are some things not hurting them." To read the rest of this article about the Belle River Anglers' muskie tagging initiative, please visit cbc.ca. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably [...]

November 8th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, Ontario|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Ministry fishing muskie with Ontario anglers to learn about its habitat

Re: Point Pelee National Park region National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) feasibility study

September 24, 2018 Hon. Catherine McKenna Minister, Environment and Climate Change House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister McKenna, Re: Point Pelee National Park region National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) feasibility study The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) represents the manufacturers, distributors, retailers and sales agencies which serve the 8 million Canadians who fish as an outdoor heritage activity. According to federal government figures our industry currently generates an annual national economy of over $8.6 billion dollars. In tandem with hunting our customers support over 100,000 jobs in all regions of the country. More Canadians fish for recreation than play golf and hockey combined. Sportfishing in all of the Great Lakes is some of the best in the world and generates a significant economy in Canada and the U.S. We write in support of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries Association (OCFA) position opposing the concept of a feasibility study by Parks Canada to create a NMCA around Point Pelee National Park, Pelee Island and all of Pigeon Bay. The OCFA Executive Director explained their opposition in their letter to you of September 17, 2018 (attached). Our information is a motion proposing such a feasibility study will soon be tabled in the House of Commons, directed to you and the CEO of Parks Canada. This Lake Erie region is very popular with anglers and the fishery for multiple species is very healthy and sustainable under current policy and regulation. CSIA is also opposed to any initiative by ECCC or Parks Canada to establish a policy or legislative foundation for eventual permanent / severely restrictive access closures for recreational anglers in Lake Erie or any of the Great Lakes without a credible basis in independently peer [...]

Huge School of Fish and Bait Ball as a Loon Hunts Underwater in Lake Simcoe

Kevin Biskaborn is a talented wildlife photographer who recently captured this incredible footage of a school of fish in Lake Simcoe. He shared it with us the other day, and we couldn't wait to share it with all our followers. It's incredible what lurks beneath the surface of our lakes, rivers and streams. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

June 28th, 2018|Categories: Fun, News, Ontario|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Huge School of Fish and Bait Ball as a Loon Hunts Underwater in Lake Simcoe

M.P. Bob Zimmer and Walter Oster Receive Sportfishing Industry President’s Award

CSIA President Kim Rhodes recently presented the association's highest honor to M.P. Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies) and Walter Oster, in recognition of their advocacy and leadership in support of recreational fishing and conservation in Canada. Mr. Zimmer is Co-Chair of the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus and Mr. Oster has recently retired as Chair, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS). “Bob and Walter are both excellent ambassadors for our outdoor heritage sports and we appreciate all that each man has done, and continues to do on behalf of recreational fishing”, said Kim Rhodes. The all party Outdoor Caucus includes M.P.’s and Senators from all political parties who work together on legislation and policy which is important to fishing, hunting, trapping and target shooting. Eight million Canadians enjoy fishing and they live in every electoral riding in the country. CNSS is a not-for-profit Corporation and the largest producer of boat, fishing, ski and outdoor shows in Canada. In addition to the Great Ontario Salmon Derby, CNSS operates fishing and hunting consumer shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. “Whenever there is a program to encourage young people to enjoy fishing, Walter Oster and CNSS have been there to support it”, said Rhodes. He added, “When some M.P.s and others work against the best interests of anglers and our industry, Bob Zimmer and his Outdoor Caucus colleagues have our backs in Ottawa”. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers [...]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News, Ontario, West|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on M.P. Bob Zimmer and Walter Oster Receive Sportfishing Industry President’s Award

Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, March 14 – 18, 2018

We'll be at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show this week, Wednesday to Sunday! Keep an eye out for Rachel or Mike who will have bumper stickers and Keep Canada Fishing bags available for a small donation! If you still need tickets to the TSS, click here! See you there!

March 12th, 2018|Categories: Fun, General, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News, Ontario|Tags: , |Comments Off on Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, March 14 – 18, 2018

Hamilton Harbour turning into sport fishing haven with return of walleye

Originally published by The Toronto Star, February 14th, 2018 By MARK MCNEIL Hamilton Spectator Ben Gottfried used to have to drive for hours to find a good place to ice fish for walleye. But this winter his favourite angling spot is only 15 minutes from his home — Hamilton Harbour. Yes, that’s right. The body of water known across the country for pollution and excesses of carp is now gaining a reputation as a sport fishing haven with feisty, mature walleye because of tiny fingerling stocking efforts over the past several years. “We now have a size of walleye that rivals any sport fishery in Ontario,” says Gottfried, 31, who works for a development consulting firm. In early January, Gottfried landed his biggest walleye, weighing eight pound and reaching 28 inches long. In all, he figures he’s caught close to a dozen, varying from 15 inches upward this ice fishing season. TO VIEW THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE, VISIT thestar.com Would you like your fishing-related news featured on keepcanadafishing.com? Email us at info@catchfishing.com. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

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OFAH: Telling Our Story

Have you seen this lovely video produced by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters? Here's what they had to say about our outdoor heritage as Canadians: It can sometimes be difficult to describe the reasons why we return to the woods and waters each year to fish, hunt and trap. It seems obvious to us, and the outdoors community. But as spokespeople for these heritage activities, we also have a role to play in telling our story to the general public. The OFAH partnered with Shimano Canada Ltd. to produce a series of informational videos about fishing, hunting, trapping and conservation. Telling Our Story is the first, and perhaps the most important message that describes our passion, our connection to conservation and many of the values that fishing, hunting and trapping provide. We encourage you to watch this video and share it among family members and friends as well as fellow anglers, hunters, trappers.

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, Ontario, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on OFAH: Telling Our Story

Dr. Larry McKinney Testifies Before the Standing Committee on The Oceans Act

If you missed Dr. Larry McKinney's important testimony on January 30th to the House of Commons Standing Committee on The Oceans Act’s Marine Protected Areas, we encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to it below. Dr. McKinney is the Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies following 23 years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he served as director of Coastal Fisheries and senior director of Aquatic Resources. He is well respected as a marine scientist, fishery manager and conservationist in North America and beyond. Here his thoughts on the Oceans Act. Special thanks to the CSIA Government Affairs Chair, Phil Morlock, and Shimano for facilitating Dr. McKinney's appearance before the Standing Committee.