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Unauthorized Introductions

Have you ever fished in a lake and thought to yourself, “I wish there were more fish in this lake”? Well you’re certainly not alone. Unfortunately this may motivate anglers to intentionally introduce new species of fish to a lake. Transporting live fish (expect for live bait) in Ontario is illegal and has the potential to harm ecosystems if those live fish found their way into a new lake. Introducing new fish species like Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Small Mouth Bass, Rock Bass, Black Crappie and many more, into a lake can disrupt a fragile fishery and cause serious harm.

In order to protect Ontario’s lakes and rivers, you should never release any live fish into the water. For more information on how you can help prevent the spread of invasive species, click below