Fish Responsibly


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City of Toronto Bylaw: 608-38. Fishing.

While in a park:

A. No person shall fish in an area posted to prohibit fishing;

B. No person shall store or leave any lures, bait, hooks, lines, poles or other equipment in the park in a location or manner that may injure other persons or wildlife; and

C. All permitted fishing must be carried out in compliance with all Ministry of Natural Resources Rules and Regulations.


NOTE: The license rules are the same for the whole province: "Outdoors Card and valid fishing license required" (unless you are under 18 or age 65+). The fishing season rules are the same for the entire district (Fishing Zone 16) - check the Ontario government website for the season details for each species.


Responsible Fishing Practices

  • Fish safely and avoid interfering with other wildlife or other park users.
  • Carefully dispose of any broken fishing lines and hooks. Either take them home with you or place them deep inside the covered garbage bins where they won't be a hazard to wildlife.
  • Have your fishing license with you at all times.

The fish community of Grenadier Pond is continually under stress. Top predators such as pike and largemouth bass help maintain a balance of fish in Grenadier Pond. As a conscientious angler, you can minimize your effect on this balance by following these guidelines:

  • Observe sport fishing regulations and properly dispose of fishing lines and hooks.
  • Learn how to properly catch and release fish; they can be easily damaged.
  • Your hands should be wet and bare when you handle fish. If handled by dry hands or gloves, damage results to the mucous covered skin and could lead to death from infections.
  • Consider using barbless hooks and forceps or needle-nose pliers in dehooking.
  • Minimize the time you fight with the fish in the water.
  • Minimize the handling and time out of the water.
  • If you must lift the fish, hold it under the gills with one hand and just ahead of the tail with the other but do not touch the gills, or hold it under the belly area – otherwise internal organ damage may result.
  • Never hold a fish like the old-time angler used to (by the eye sockets) as this certainly will injure and likely kill the fish.
  • Do not throw the fish back into the water, putting it into shock; instead, gently lower the fish and cradle it (facing into the current) until it swims out of your hands.

What to do if you hook a turtle


Large hook and line found near mallards October 2013

More photos

Dead snapping turtle - swallowed hook July 2012

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