Download today – 2024 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary

The 2024 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary is now available! Digital copies can be
viewed online or as a PDF download.

Ontario’s fishing regulations are developed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Forestry in collaboration and consultation with Indigenous communities, recreational anglers, the tourism industry, non-government agencies and the public. Regulations are implemented to help ensure the sustainability of our fisheries for the future.

As you start planning your fishing adventures for 2024, there are some changes to the fishing
regulations you should know about.

  • Here are just some of the highlights:
    helpful changes to provide anglers flexibility when transporting baitfish and leeches 
  • new slot sizes to promote the conservation of walleye and sauger on Lake of the Woods
  • updates to zone-wide seasons and limits for northern pike, walleye and smallmouth and largemouth bass in FMZ 10
  • alignment of FMZs 10 and 11 seasons and limits in the French River for northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass and walleye to make the rules easier to follow
  • additional fishing opportunities for brook trout and lake trout in FMZ 8 and FMZ 10
    modifications to fish sanctuaries in FMZs 10, 11 and 18
  • removal of single-line exceptions in FMZ 9 (Lake Superior) and FMZ 19 (Lake Erie)

Make sure to check out the 2024 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary before you head out fishing this year. We’ve identified all *new* changes in red bold font throughout the summary for your convenience.

We hope you find yourself fishing soon!