There are multiple types of fishing licenses, and catch limits vary depending on the type of fishing license possessed. There are 20 fisheries management zones (FMZs) in Ontario that have different rules and regulations for fishing as of 2015. Fishermen must have an outdoors card to get most forms of fishing licenses.
A fisherman can get an Ontario Outdoors Card online, at many Service Ontario centers or certified license issuers such as some hardware stores, motels, retail stores and service stations as well as from many bait and tackle shops and outfitters. An Ontario Outdoors Card is good for three years.
Ontario fishing licenses are available for durations of one or three years and can be purchased in either sportfishing or conservation varieties. The pricing for each license duration and type depend on the residency of the fisherman, including Ontario residents, Canadian residents from other provinces and non-Canadian Residents. All Canadian residents have the option of purchasing a one-day sportfishing license that does not require an Outdoors Card. Non-Canadian residents may purchase one-day or eight-day licenses that are good for consecutive days only. Both one-day and eight-day non-Canadian resident licenses require and Ontario Outdoors Card.
A sportfishing license typically allows an angler a higher limit on the number of fish that may be kept depending on the species. Conservation licenses are usually held by those that prefer to release their catch.