Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

April 13, 2011 12:12 ET

OFAH Commends MNR on New Interactive Fishing Tool

Fish ON-Line Offers Anglers of All Abilities a One-Stop Fishing Portal

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 13, 2011) - Just in time for the open water season, the Ministry of Natural Resources has launched an interactive web tool that provides a wide range of information sure to appeal to anglers of all abilities.

OFAH Executive Director Mike Reader is enthusiastic about what the mapping tool can do for anglers. "Fish ON-Line is a terrific new tool for the angler's virtual tackle box. It offers the kind of practical information that anglers are looking for in one accessible, user-friendly location."

Fish ON-Line is a Google map-based interface that can be used to search for fishing opportunities by fish species, water body, stocked water body or GPS coordinates. There is also a list of more than 25 popular fishing water bodies, which is perfect for the novice angler to investigate. Anglers can get directions from anywhere in North America to the lake of their choice using Google map technology which is built into the tool.

To check out Fish ON-Line, go to www.ontario.ca/fishing and choose the Fish ON-Line fishing button. In addition to the mapping tool, a video by Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey introducing the new feature and a video tutorial are also offered.

Fast Facts:
  • There are over 1.27 million licensed anglers in Ontario.
  • Anglers spend approximately $2.5 billion annually in Ontario.
  • Ontario boasts 250,000 lakes and countless rivers and streams.
  • Ontario residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a fishing version Outdoors card to fish in Ontario.
  • Ontario fishing regulations apply and are available online (www.ontario.ca/fishing) and in print at ServiceOntario and other outlets.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

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