Fishing licenses are required for French River Zone 10, Georgian Bay Zone 14, & Pickerel River Zone 15. For the full Northern Ontario fishing regulations summary please click on the image or for Ontario Resident and non-resident outdoors cards, click on the example card image below (left). If you need a pleasure craft license or renewal, click on the example card image on the right.
French River Fishing Tips and Regulations
Legal length of Muskie is 137 cm (54 in). Yet, Bear’s Den Lodge has been encouraging live release of all Muskies for years. For those wanting a mount, a replica can be made with measurements – length and girth – of the trophy fish and a quick photo.
Anglers with a Sport Fishing License may possess only 1 fish over 137 cm (54 in) as per the Ministry of Natural Resource Fishing Regulations in Zones 10, 11, and 14 – French River Provincial Park & Georgian Bay areas.
Effective as of January 1, 2024 – Transportation of minnows and leeches from one Bait Management Zone (BMZ) to another is permissible if:
- You go straight to another BMZ where you acquired the bait legally.
- Dead baitfish and leeches can be transported in and out of a BMZ, if kept from decaying (e.g. salted or preservative agents).
- Refrigeration or freezing by itself is not enough for legal transport.
We are located in the Northeastern Bait Management Zone. You must have receipt of the purchased bait (minnows and leeches) while fishing at all times. Visit Ontario.ca to read the bait regulations.
Resident & Non-Resident Outdoor Cards Northern Ontario Fishing Licenses
Sport Fishing License
Anglers with a Conservation License may only possess two fish of each species. Muskie fishing is NOT permitted with this license.
When a Fishing License is NOT Needed
Ontario Residents who are Under 18 or 65 and Older can catch and possess fish with limits of a Sport Fishing License per Ontario Fishing Regulations page 6 with proper Federal or Provincial Government ID indicating their name & birth.
Non-Residents who are Under 18 years old and are accompanied by a person with a valid Ontario Recreational Fishing License & share their limits.
Family Fishing Opportunities
Ontario & Canadian Residents have four opportunities throughout the fishing season to fish free without a license. During these dates, individuals must follow catch and possession limits for Conservation Fishing Licenses.
These dates are: