Help prevent the spread of invasive species!

Fishing is a great way to get outside and enjoy the wonderful fishing opportunities Ontario provides. Whether you are planning to fish for the first time, or you are a seasoned expert, you can help prevent the spread of invasive species. There are a number of invasive species and infectious diseases threatening Ontario waters including one called viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).
Fishing with live bait can be a great way to hook your next fish but make sure to keep the following in mind:
  • Dispose of bait and bait bucket contents at least 30 meters from any waterbody. Dumping your bait or bait bucket contents in the water and even on the ice can introduce new microorganisms and fish diseases.
  • Check the regulations and review Ontario’s rules for moving bait for the waterbody you intend to fish in. Learn more about the use and movement of baitfish and leeches.
  • Clean your fishing gear and equipment before you get to the waterbody.
  • Where possible, try to purchase your bait near where you are fishing.
  • Report invasive species to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-553-7711, online, or download the EDDMapS Ontario mobile app.
To learn more about invasive species and how you can help, read the Angler’s Action Plan and visit Invasive species in Ontario |