The commercial fishing industry played an important role in Tobermory's history and development.
From the early, double-ended, double-masted mackinaw and huron fishing boats of the 1800's to the turtleback or fully enclosed tugs you saw recently, fishing opened up the northern part of the peninsula bringing hardy, innovative settlers to these parts. The industry was a lucrative one for many years as lake trout, whitefish and perch were pulled from the water in staggering numbers. Eventually, their numbers dwindled due to over fishing and the appearance of the dreaded sea lamprey.
Whitefish can be bought from some local vendors, and is available at most area restaurants.
From the small cold-water streams to the big open waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, the Bruce is an angler's dream. Please be advised though, that most fishing in the Tobermory area requires a boat.
If you want to increase your luck, you may want to consider going on a fishing charter. These charters leave from Little Tub Harbour in Tobermory and the captains know the best fishing spots in the area.
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About Ontario Fishing Licences
One of the most important pieces of fishing equipment you should have is the Ministry of Natural Resources' Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. Available at most fishing licence outlets and fishing supply stores, this booklet contains the information you will need to legally fish in Ontario.
Most Canadian residents between 18 and 64 years of age need an Outdoors Card to fish in Ontario. Anyone who lives outside of Canada will need a non-resident licence to fish in Ontario. Non-residents 65 years of age or older are not exempt from licensing.
Your Outdoors Card is good for three calendar years. You will need a fishing licence tag on the back of the plastic Outdoors Card or a temporary paper license in order to have a complete and valid licence for fishing. You must carry your Outdoors Card with you whenever you are fishing, and be prepared to show it to a conservation officer, if asked.
One-year fishing licence tags are available from more than 2,000 licence issuers across the province. Licences are often available from tourist outfitters' camps and lodges, summer camps, and sporting goods stores or bait dealers. In Tobermory, you can visit Much More Camping to obtain one of these licenses.
Non-residents under 18 years of age can fish without a licence if accompanied by a adult who has a recreational fishing licence. Any fish caught are part of the catch and possession limit of the licensed adult. Non-residents under 18 years may also purchase a licence and any fish caught apply to the catch and possession limits of that licence.
If you are a Canadian resident between 18 and 65 years of age and you want to fish in Ontario right away, you can buy a temporary paper licence, effective immediately and valid until December 31. The fee far a temporary paper licence includes the cost of a three-year Outdoors Card.
Ontario Resident Hunters can also fish under the authority of their Outdoors Card (fishing/hunting version) with the appropriate fishing licence tag.
There are Resident Sport Fishing Licences and Resident Conservation Fishing Licences (both include an Outdoors Card Application). These temporary paper licences are effective immediately upon purchase, and are valid for fishing until the end of the calendar year. You will automatically be mailed the plastic three-year Outdoors Card bearing your one-year fishing licence tag by the end of the calendar year. Residents who wish to fish for one day only may take advantage of the Resident One-Day Fishing Licence.
Get more information on the Outdoors Card by calling the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011. The Ministry of Natural Resources web site is www.mnr.gov.on.ca.
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