Species At Risk


How You Can Help Species at Risk

It’s no secret that Ontario is a great place to go fishing. Whether you’re in a boat or casting from shore, there are ways you can help Ontario’s species at risk every time you go fishing.

  • Before you go… find out what species are at risk live in the area where you’ll be fishing so you can more easily identify them.
  • Let ‘em go…Improve the survival of at-risk fish by learning safe and effective catch and release techniques. Remember that any fish caught during the closed season for that species must be released immediately.
  • Fight more than the fish on your line… Help stop the spread of invasive species and fish diseases. Don’t empty your bait bucket into the water or within 30 metres of the water. Use local bait. Always wash your boat and drain all water from the bilge and livewells before you move it to another lake or river. Check your trailer and remove any plants and other invaders that may be hitching a ride.
  • Get down and dirty! Take part in hands-on fish and wildlife management and conservation projects through the Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program.
  • Keep an eye out for illegal activity…If you see something that makes you suspicious, call the Ministry of Natural Resources’ toll-free TIPS-MNR reporting line 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Keep this in your tackle box
Ontario’s annual fishing regulations summary provides everything you need to know to keep your fishing trip enjoyable and legal, from what type of licence you need to how to properly transport your catch.

Plan your next fishing trip online
Fish-ON Line will help you plan your fishing trip from start to finish. This easy-to-use online mapping tool tells you which lakes have which kinds of fish, where the ministry is stocking fish, where to get a licence and even depth maps for nearly 1,000 lakes across the province.

Get involved!

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has a variety of community partnership projects on the go. Find out how you can get involved in these conservation efforts to recover lost species, clean up and restore shoreline habitat, or fight the spread of invasive species.


The Endangered Species Act

Contact your local ministry office

Often the best source of local information on species at risk is your nearest ministry office. Call with your questions or concerns.