夏日垂钓 我之所好
Fishing: my favourite summer activities

加拿大清澈的河流湖泊和丰富的鱼类使得许多华裔人士钟情于垂钓活动。Bob Mok指引的精彩垂钓之旅不仅可以让你尽享垂钓之乐,还可以让你品尝到各种美味鱼肴。

Canada’s pristine water and abundant fish has made fishing a favourable sport for many Chinese Canadians. Bob Mok guides you on exciting fishing trips that not only offer pleasant experience but also fresh tasty fish for you to enjoy.



Summer is here and one of our Canadian favourite activities – Angling gets into high gear. In Ontario, a license is required for everyone between the ages of 18 and 64 to fish in its many thousands of beautiful lakes and rivers. Twice a year, however, the Ontario Government designates two weekends as license-free periods in February and July. Our next Canadian Resident license-free period is coming on July 4-12, 2015 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday).


When I first arrived in Canada in 1968, I was impressed by its many pristine rivers and lakes and immediately took on the sport of fishing. During the 1970’s, pollution was rampant – a result of industrial expansion and lack of awareness to protect the environment. Over the next few decades, remedial action was taken and nature has made slow but steady recoveries.


Today, we can see trout and salmon jumping over the natural falls and climbing up fish ladders at artificial river barriers again in large numbers. Fish gathered at the dams are so thick that people can imagine walking across the river on their backs during spring and fall spawning runs.

在多伦多周边,人们可以在西部的Credit River和Humber River,以及东部的Duffins Creek和Highland Creek看到这种洄游奇观。我建议所有没有见过这种自然奇观的人都去一饱眼福。这与中国的情况截然相反,据我所知现在中国野外淡水鱼几近绝迹,市场上所售的大部分鱼类都是水塘养鱼。

Around Toronto, these places are at the Credit and Humber Rivers in the west and Duffins and Highland Creeks in the east. I would recommend everyone to see this natural phenomenon if they have not done so already. Contrary to China’s situation, I was told that there are few fresh water fishes in the wild these days. Most of the fish in their markets are pond raised.


So what must we do to take advantage of this wonder opportunity to fish in Ontario?


Start with getting a license from the Ministry of Natural Resources! (https://www2.on.wildlifelicense.com/start.php?lang=1)


Regardless of your immigration and residence status in Canada, an Ontario resident is defined as a person whose primary residence is in Ontario and who has lived in the province for a period of at least 6 consecutive months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence. You can get a one-day fishing license or a yearly license (for up to 3 years). If you plan to fish for more than 3 times a year, it will be more economical to get a yearly license as oppose to a day-license every time. Of course, if you are under 18 or over 65 years old, you don’t need a license to fish!


License exemptions are also applicable to the following scenarios – fishing on private land, on a fish farm or private fishing club, on a Chartered fishing boat, and on Native Reserved Land (with permission or qualifications).


The Ministry divides Ontario into 20 fisheries management zones with their own fishing regulations on opening periods, sanctuaries, and harvesting sizes and limits. These are adjusted every year based on management studies and targets to conserve individual fish species.


An “Eating Ontario Fish” guide is also published by the Ministry every year to identify species and angling destinations with lower contaminant levels. Toxins are cumulative inside the body of fishes so the larger the fish, the more toxins it congregate in its flesh. Guidelines are established for consumption rate and frequencies to make sure that safety guideline are not exceeded.


Next time, we will talk about the different kinds of fishing (from shore, in a boat, and from ponds) that we can enjoy and the different fish species we are most likely to catch and eat in Ontario.

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