Fisheries Management Zone 17 (FMZ 17) is the smallest management zone in the province. It includes all or part of the Kawartha Lakes, Trent and Crowe River watersheds, and the rivers and streams of the eastern portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
The recreational fishery focuses on walleye, bass and panfish. Due to the angling opportunities available and its proximity to the Greater Toronto Area, FMZ 17 receives more angling effort than most other fisheries management zones.
The Ministry of Natural Resources, with the support of the Fisheries Management Zone 17 Advisory Council, has developed a Fisheries Management Plan for Fisheries Management Zone 17. A number of regulatory options were presented to the public for comment in the spring of 2009. Based on the comments received from the public, recommendations of the Fisheries Advisory Council, and the best available science, the ministry has developed a suite of new fishing regulations for Zone 17 which will be put into effect for 2010. These changes are intended to improve fish populations as well as increase angling and associated recreational and economic opportunities in Zone 17.