Fishing Regulations

There is currently a Live Bait Ban

Who Needs a Fishing Licence?

Most residents of Canada and all non-residents between 18 and 65 need a fishing licence.  Non-residents under 18 years of age do not require a licence, however, if they are fishing with an adult who has a fishing licence, any fish caught are part of the catch and possession limit of the adult.  Those who qualify to fish without a licence may fish with the same catch and possession limits as holders of a Sport Fishing Licence.  Anglers who don’t need a licence must abide by the same regulations and have the same responsibilities as those who have purchased a licence.  The Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary.

Catch and Possession Limits

The catch limit is the number of fish you are allowed to catch and keep in one day. The possession limit is the number you are allowed to have in your possession on hand, in cold storage, in transit, etc. and is the same as one day’s catch limit. As well, fish caught that day and eaten are counted as part of your daily catch limit. For example, if you have a Sport Fishing licence that entitles you to possess six Northern Pike and you have two in the freezer, you can only keep 4 pike.

General Regulations for the Credit River and Lake Ontario

The following regulations guiding seasons and catch and possession limits apply:

SPECIES

ZONE 16 (CREDIT RIVER)

ZONE 20 (LAKE ONTARIO)

Large &/or Smallmouth Bass

4th Sat. in June to Nov. 30

S – six                C – two

3rd Sat. in June to Dec. 15

S – six                          C – two

Northern Pike

2nd Sat. in May to Mar. 31

S – six                C – two

1st Sat. in May to Mar. 31

S – six                          C – two

Brook Trout*

4th Sat. in April to Sept. 30

S – five               C – two

Not present but closed all year
Rainbow Trout*

4th Sat. in April to Sept. 30

S – two               C – one

Open all year

S – two                        C – one

Brown Trout*

4th Sat. in April to Sept. 30

S – five               C – two

Open all year

S – five                        C – two

Lake Trout*

Jan. 1 to Sept. 30

S – two               C – one

Dec. 1 to Sept. 30

S – three                     C – one

Pacific Salmon (Chinook, coho and pink)*

4th Sat. in April to Sept. 30

S – five               C – two

Open all year

S – five                        C – two

Atlantic Salmon* Closed all year

Open all year

S – one > 63 cm (24.8”) C – zero

Yellow Perch

Open All Year

S – fifty               C – twenty five

Open All Year

S – fifty                       C – twenty five

Crappie

Open All Year

S – thirty            C – ten

Open All Year

S – thirty                    C – ten

Sunfish

Open All Year

S – fifty               C – twenty five

Open All Year

S – one hundred         C – fifty

Channel Catfish

Open All Year

S – twelve           C – six

Open All Year

S – twelve                   C – six

* – Catch and possession limits for trout & salmon are combined and are not to exceed individual limits.                           S – Sport Fishing Licence; C – Conservation Licence

Exceptions for the Credit River

Regulation exceptions have been developed to provide anglers with additional opportunities or to protect fish during sensitive times of the year such as spawning periods.  These exceptions are:

  • EXTENDED FALL SEASON (4th Sat. in April to Dec. 31) for Rainbow and Brown Trout & pacific salmon from the south side of Britannia Road upstream to the south side of the Highway 407 bridge.
  • YEAR ROUND OPEN SEASON for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and pacific salmon from the south side of Highway 403 bridge downstream to Lake Ontario.
  • NO FISHING for any species from August 15 to the Friday before the fourth Saturday in April in the Credit River and tributaries from the south side of the Highway 403 bridge upstream to the south side of the Britannia Road
  • NO FISHING for any species from January 1 to the Friday before the fourth Saturday in April in the Credit River and tributaries from the south side of the Britannia Road bridge upstream to the south side of the Old Baseline Road bridge, excluding Levi’s Creek and Fletcher’s Creek.
  • NO FISHING for any species from October 1 to the Friday before the fourth Saturday in April in the Credit River and tributaries from the south side of the Old Baseline Road bridge in Caledon upstream to Highway 9.
  • Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Brown Trout catch and possession limit of zero and only artificial lures (no organic bait) with one single-pointed barbless hook can be used when angling the Credit River and tributaries upstream of Old Baseline Road in Caledon.

Did You Know?

  • The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change publishes the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish. Copies can be obtained by calling 1-800-820-2716 or by visiting ontario.ca/fishguide.
  • Anglers in possession of a valid fishing licence are allowed to harvest baitfish, leeches and northern leopard frogs for bait.
  • A permit is required for all fish transfers and stocking into Ontario
  • When no fishing seasons are in effect, anglers CANNOT practice catch and release.
  • It is illegal to:
    • Abandon fish or permit the flesh to spoil.
    • Transfer live fish or live spawn from one body of water to another.
    • Use crayfish in bodies of water other than where they were caught.
    • Release aquarium fish into Ontario waters;
    • Bring live fish, crayfish, live leeches or salamanders into Ontario for use as bait;
    • Possess any of the following live invasive species: Rudd, Ruffe, Bighead Carp, Black Carp, Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Round Goby or Tubenose Goby or any member of the snakehead family.
    • Have more than 120 minnows in your possession;
    • Catch or kill a fish by impaling or snagging it with a hook through any part of the body other than the mouth;
    • Use two lines, except when ice fishing or fishing on parts of the Great Lakes;
    • Fish within 22.9 m (75 feet) downstream from the lower entrance to any fishway or canal, obstacle, or any device designed to assist fish around an obstacle;

Enforcement and Reporting

  • For potential resource violations, please call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).
  • For spills or fish kills, contact the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change or the Spills Action Centre at (416) 325-3000 or 1-800-268-6060.
  • Report sightings of invasive species to the OFAH/MNRF invading species hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or www.invadingspecies.com.
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