Many anglers use live bait like minnows and crayfish. While these might help you catch a big fish, some bait species cannot be used because they are sportfishes, endangered, or invasive.
Here are a few tips:
- You can use crayfish as bait but only on the same waterbody that you caught them on. You can’t move them across land.
- Earthworms make great bait BUT -- Did you know earthworms are not native to Ontario and can cause severe harm to Ontario’s forest ecosystems? Anglers using earthworms as bait are encouraged to re-use or dispose of their unwanted earthworms in the garbage to avoid introducing earthworms to a new area.
- Fake worms, and metal and plastic fishing lures are great for catching fish too.
- It is very important that whatever type of live bait you use, that you don’t dump that bait into the water when you’re done fishing.