Live bait rules, Ontario.

Posted on August 9th, 2017

Summer time is definitely bass-time in southern Ontario. You can catch them throughout our shallow lakes fishing from shore, or out in a boat.


While many of us enjoy fishing for them with artificial lures casting spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft-plastic lures  and top-water lures, many anglers are “old-school’ and still fish for them using live bait like worms, minnows, crayfish, leeches and frogs. If you are planning on fishing live bait in Ontario, remember that there are regulations governing catching your own bait and possession limits:

  • 120 baitfish
  • 120 leeches
  • 36 crayfish
  • 12 northern leopard frogs

All these can work great fished near the bottom in open-water, suspended in the water column and in the case of live frogs, fished right on the surface. Always consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary before heading out.

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