Ontario: Licence free fishing week July 4 - 19. Normal harvest limits in place
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- July 20, 2020
July 4 – 19, 2020 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday). **EXTENDED BY 7 DAYS!**
I normally look forward to this each year but being this year with the whole covid thrown into the mix I didn't check on this till now. I should note that Toronto is still under a state of emergency and also according to the Ontario Hunting and Fishing federation all of Toronto's shores are closed for fishing. So if you're in Toronto and have a car or can tag along with someone with wheels or maybe bike it or bus it out of Toronto you can go fishing.
Normal catch limits are in place and please, PLEASE, mostly catch and release so others can enjoy as well. That means if you're lucky enough to catch a monster of a fish just take photos and release the fish. If you catch baby/small fish just take a photo and release. If the fish is within legal harvest size then try not to harvest too many.
For those that will be taking photos or admiring the fish they catch remember that a fish can last as long as you can hold your breath as a rule of thumb (approx 3mins) so have the camera ready before taking the fish out of the water and release the fish quickly to reduce the stress on the fish. If you plan on harvesting any fish AFAIK there is no live transporting of the fish so quikcly dispatch the fish quickly and put it on ice.
Also if you catch any round gobies they are an invasive species and should be dispatched quickly/humanely and disposed of. They can not be used for cut fishing bait (dispite me fishing beside this guy once that used cut gobies and was racking up a lot of perch but that was before I found you can't use them for bait).
So for those that have a lawn cut the grass short and give that lawn a good soaking before sun down and go out and pluck some worms for the next day.
Toronto and Region Conservation (Albion Hills, Bathurst Glen Golf Course, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Heart Lake, Petticoat Creek). Note: All buildings, campgrounds, parks and parking lots closed; trails still open to the public; cycling in Albion Hills Conservation Park is not permitted; fishing is not permitted at this time.
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