The Ont.Government/MNR News release below regarding the new fishing regs have two "quotes" from officials about the changes – one from MNR Minister Donna Cansfield, which is to be expected…and the other by the OFAH's Mike Reader.
New Fishing Regulations In 2010
December 16, 2009
McGuinty Government Creates New Opportunities For Anglers
There are new opportunities and rules for anglers fishing in Ontario's lakes and rivers.
New fishing regulations for 2010 include:
Year-round fishing for crappie, sunfish, yellow perch and northern pike in the Kawartha Lakes area
Longer fall seasons for bass and muskellunge in the Kawartha Lakes area
Longer winter season for lake trout in the Thunder Bay area
Simpler size restrictions for certain species in the Thunder Bay area
Forty-two more lake trout and brook trout lakes with extended seasons and/or reduced harvest restrictions.
Ontario's summer Family Fishing Weekend has been extended to a full Family Fishing Week in July.
The 2010 fishing regulations guide is now available at ontario.ca/fishing. Printed copies will be available by December 31 at licence issuers and ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres.
Regulations for some species have been revised to ensure fish stocks are sustainable. Anglers are encouraged to check the regulations for their area before they go fishing.
For the first time, the review of regulations benefited from the input of new Fisheries Management Zone Advisory Councils. The councils, composed of local stakeholders, help the Ministry of Natural Resources develop management strategies for their zones.
"Our province offers world-class fishing for Ontarians as well as for anglers from across Canada and beyond. We're working to ensure our fish populations remain sustainable so that they continue to provide angling opportunities for years to come. "
– Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources
"Winter or summer, fishing is a terrific way for people of all ages to spend time in the outdoors. Across Ontario, fishing affords recreational, social and financial benefits to countless communities and engages even our youngest residents in caring for our natural resources. "
– Mike Reader, Executive Director, OFAH (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters)