Compliance with the rules of sport fishing in Quebec and Ontario

Before the start of the new season of sport fishing you need to re-familiarize with the rules of fishing in the province, as every year, make some innovations, the violation of which can result in a fine.

So rules first, depends on their knowledge, and second, the personal desires of the angler to follow them.

With the basic rules of game fishing in Quebec in the summary you can see online here: “the Basic rules of fishing in Quebec“, and with full here – “Règles générales”. I also like every year to buy in stores “canadian Tire” a small book in French “Guide of the fisherman”, which contains all the rules and is marked by innovations for the current season for Quebec.

As many fishermen from Quebec travel to the neighbouring province of Ontario for salmon and trout, it is necessary to know the rules and the neighborhood sport fishing. Here you can explore both English and French: “the rules of the Ontario sport fishing”.

Talking with other anglers, I noticed that questions often arise about the compliance with the limits on the daily catch limits for possession and joint fishing. It is worth noting that there are some differences between Quebec and Ontario. Very often one, then the other rules are written so that they immediately understand what was going on. Therefore, the study of the rules of the different provinces have helped me more accurately understand some aspects of the local sport fishing.

Fishing in the style of “catch and release”

In Quebec there is a clear limit on vacation only Atlantic salmon, which are in the province very reverent attitude. About the other types just mentioned, the angler may release back a live fish he just caught, and which has the right to preserve. (Le pêcheur peut également remettre à l’eau vivant, le poisson qu’on il vient de prendre et qu’il est en droit de garde.)

In Ontario explicitly States that many local fishermen use the principle of “pomal-release” and that this is generally encouraged by the province.

Naturally, this is not to purposefully catch specific species of fish, when it is forbidden. Well, the catch of fish which are prohibited to keep on hand, naturally must be accompanied by immediate release back into the water. These rules do not apply to the principle of fishing “catch and release”.

Compliance with the daily limit

In both provinces is clearly stated on daily limits. However, there are some differences to continue fishing.

In Ontario, You must immediately release any fish that exceeds the maximum size limit for catch and possession (You must immediately release any fish that exceed the size restrictions and catch and possession limits), i.e. in Ontario, you can continue to catch and release even if the daily limit has already been done.

In Quebec to continue fishing is forbidden, if taken daily limit. If You have completed a limit in a particular place, you can move to another place, where the limit is higher and there to continue fishing (Il est’interdit de continuer à pêcher une espèce de poisson dans un plan d’eau dès que la limite quotidienne de cette espèce est atteinte. Il est cependant possible de continuer à pêcher cette espèce dans un autre plan d’eau où la limite quotidienne est plus élevée).

For example, if You caught the fifth shad (deliberate spinning), then fishing should be terminated. You cannot continue fishing on a “catch and release”. But if You only have 3 or 4 shad, continuing to catch and immediately releasing the fish, You do not violate this rule as a daily limit on catch is not yet taken.

More interesting if catching a ground rod sturgeon. Since the limit is 1 sturgeon, when targeted fishing sturgeon after his capture fishing should be terminated. We can’t continue to catch and, if successful, a second sturgeon to give each fisherman has not “swallowed”. It’s against the rules. If You catch another fish on the ground at the same time, if the second catch sturgeon, then it will have to go back in the water, even if each fisherman will beg to give him a sturgeon.

There is a clear rule in Quebec: you can’t take more fish than allowed, even if You accompany other licensed fishermen (On ne peut prendre que le nombre de poissons que l on est soi-même autorisé à prendre même si d autres titulaires de permis nous accompagnent), i.e. you cannot take your limit, and then to help another fisherman to comply with the limit.

Transfer fish to others

They have on the website I liked the following explanation:

To the question “Can I give fish kotoruya caught, someone who is not licensed?” (Can I give the fish I catch to someone who doesn’t have a fishing licence?) a reply was received: You can give any legally caught fish (You can give away any legally-caught fish).

Person taking the fish, no license required but not to exceed daily limit (The person receiving the fish: does not need a licence, must not exceed possession limits for that species), i.e. it applies the same rule on the limit on the catch, as fishermen.

Quebec also does not require a license to own fish, so the fisherman can fish to pass the person without a license, but such person must comply with the daily limit (Aucun permis n’est requis pour posséder du poisson. On peut donc partager ses poissons avec une personne qui n’a pas de permis de pêche. Cependant, Il faut respecter la limite quotidienne de prise, et la personne à qui on donne ce poisson doit respecter la limite de possession autorisée).

The main thing here is that whether legally caught fish or not. In the rules of Ontario States that any fish caught that You won’t let go becomes part of Your daily limit.

It is the latter phrase unravels a misunderstanding of the rules. ANY CAUGHT FISH THAT YOU WON’T LET GO BECOMES PART OF YOUR DAILY LIMIT. That is, no matter whom and how You give the fish, as long as it does not exceed Your personal daily limit.

For example, You caught a perch day 10: day You gave 3 fish to other people, 3 left myself and 4 were released back into the water. This is correct, provided that You have all the time Kukan was only 2 walleye, and your third You get the last one.

If You gave someone 3 fish, you cannot release just one and leave the 6 as it will be exceeding the daily limit of 3 fish. Fined total of the amount exceeding the daily limit of fish. For example, the penalty for one “extra” perch is equal to $ 150. Total for three “extra” perch will have to pay $ 450.

Combines fishing with other anglers

When combined fishing with other fishermen, as mentioned above, do not exceed your daily limit, even if You accompany other licensed fishermen. Therefore, each fisherman must keep their catches separate and not put all the fish in one pile. If the fish will be in a common pile, you may not be able to prove who and what belongs. When testing the inspector should be immediately obvious the number of fish each fisherman.

According to the rules, if you already have your limit, you can not help to finish off limit to other fishermen. In Ontario, for example, it gives the penalty for fishing group (fishing party). But if a vigilant inspector sat and watched through binoculars, counting – how many fish You have, then you can run and exceeding your daily limit.

On the shore to share the catch easily, but on boats with a special camera with a water to save the lives of fish? Honestly I don’t know if there is a catch to separate into different tanks…

The publication of photos and video reports to the Internet

Currently the Internet is available almost on the spot of fishing. Caught the fish, took a selfie, posted on the web… All is good, if only these photos and videos are watched by all and Sundry. Inspectors and “caring” people are definitely not lazy…

There was a case when one fisherman just zadolbali place “fanatics”, since he posted a video on YouTube about how he caught and released sturgeon. The video was filmed and uploaded at a time when fishing for sturgeon was still banned. And although the fishing was not focused on sturgeon out of season catches, accused the author in this. Of commenters went threat about his “surrender” as the poacher. So the fisherman was forced to completely remove your channel from YouTube.

The same applies to the photo with two sturgeon in his hands. Then prove that the second sturgeon was the catch of each fisherman. There is a photo = proof of poaching. This may get the desire to be photographed with the fish still can not be taken.

For example, when it is open season on perch or shad, you can often catch bass. For locals it is a cult fish, so you haven’t had from bass to unhook the bait, and around, the local fishermen already shouting, “Let go into the water” and swear that you do this slowly. So while you’re photographed with him, the inspector may by catch saved. Why should a fish be immediately released back into the water.


In our technological age should act very carefully and to abide by the rules of game fishing. By experience, the inspector can observe You with binoculars, and come to You only when You have to catch approached the car. Phones “SOS Poaching” and other people call him, so that the principle “don’t knock on others” doesn’t work here. And to remove someone on the violation photo and video in General, now is not a problem.

So be careful with the publication of information on the Internet, as well as compliance with the limit not only catch, but to possession.

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