Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Proposes Fishing Rule Changes in FMZ 10

Changes are being proposed for fishing in a large part of Northern Ontario.

The provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing to changes to rules in Fisheries Management Zone 10, which extends from Sault Ste. Marie northwest through Lake Superior Provincial Park, and east beyond Sudbury - the northern border lies just south of Wawa, Chapleau, and Gogama, though Sultan is on the border, while Michipicoten Island, Cockburn Island, and Manitoulin Island are also included in the zone.

One of the changes would open brown trout to year-round fishing - rather than the 5-month season it currently has - aligning it with neighbouring zones, like zone 7 (which includes Wawa) and zone 9, which covers the waters of Lake Superior.

Anglers would need to be more careful with muskellunge - or "musky" - as Sport License holders would be restricted to one that is at least 122 centimetres long, rather than the current 91 centimetre minimum.

Conservation License holders would still be unable to have musky.

Comments on the changes are being accepted until June 7th.