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Fishing in Canada



Canadian Fishing License Fees

Non-Canadian Residents License Fees


License   Cost
Outdoors Card (prerequisite to obtain Canadian fishing license)   $9.68
Annual Sport Fishing License   $79.88
Annual Conservation Fishing License   $49.39
8-Day Sport Fishing License   $51.28
8-Day Conservation Fishing License (most popular with Quetico paddlers)   $29.40
1-Day Sport Fishing License   $21.88


For a complete list of season dates, fish species limits, gear and bait restrictions and all other regulations for fishing in the Quetico, visit the Ontario Fishing Regulations.  In addition, if you wish to save time at the Cache Bay Ranger Station, you may purchase your fishing license in advance over the phone at 800-667-1940.  This process takes 4 weeks through the mail. 

Or better yet: Download the Quetico (Ontario Zone 5) Fishing Regulations PDF - (1.14 MB) and get only the info that relates to the Quetico park, and skip all the other mumbo jumbo.

  • Effective in 2008: Live bait and leaded jig heads are NOT allowed in the Quetico and barbless hooks are required. There are no exceptions! You are allowed to clip the barbs as you use them. A great alternative to live bait is Berkeley GULP. We supply both unleaded jig heads and Berkeley GULP in our store.


Non-Canadian residents need an Outdoors Card to fish in Ontario if they are 18 years of age and over.  (NOTE: Non-residents 65 years of age or older are not exempt from requiring a licence).  The sportfishing licence tag (one year or eight day) or the conservation fishing licence tag (one year or eight day) accompanies the plastic Outdoors Card. 

If you have never had an Outdoors Card, you can purchase a "Non-Canadian Resident Temporary Fishing Outdoors Card and Application" from one of more than 1,800 licence issuers across the province.  The Non-Canadian Resident Temporary Fishing Outdoors Card and Application does not include the fishing licence tag.  The fishing licence tag will be a separate paper permit.

The temporary Outdoors Card and paper licence are effective immediately.  Your plastic Outdoors Card will be mailed to you by year end, and is valid for three calendar years (including the year of purchase).

Non-Canadian resident hunters can also fish under the authority of their Outdoor Card (fishing/hunting version) with the appropriate fishing licence tag.

You can also get more information on the Outdoors Card by calling the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011.  This toll-free number works from all of North America, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

  • Conservation licenses are fishing licenses with reduced limits on walleye, sauger, large and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, Northern pike, crappie and lake trout.
  • Sport fishing licenses allow a higher posession limit on the fish mentioned above.

The information above is compiled from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website. Information on fishing in Quetico Provincial Park is accessible by reading the regulations for Division 32 as well as the Border Waters Area in the regulations booklet and is visible on Map E.

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