Ontario Fly Fishing Records

Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry

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Rules & Submissions


Overview

The purpose of this new exciting registry is to finally catalogue and recognize the many trophy fish that are caught on a fly by anglers throughout Ontario. Every year monster fish are caught in Ontario by fly fishers, but no one has ever recorded them – until now! The focus of this new initiative is two-fold. The first is to formally recognize anglers who catch a trophy fish on a fly, the second is to implement a full live release standard for this registry. ALL fish must be safely released, kept fish will NOT be considered for this registry.

Sustainable fisheries are the goal driving Ontario’s very successful conservation and resource management. It is why Ontario possesses one of the most vibrant fisheries in the world. This registry is focused on maintaining that standard and recognizing anglers who catch trophy-sized fish on a fly.

Species & Minimum Standards

In order to register your fish it must meet the following minimum standards for size in one of the 17 categories of species recognized by this registry. *Weight is not considered critical but if it can be safely obtained without undue duress and stress on the fish, then please do so. We recommend using the fish weight calculator to estimate the weight of your catch. Length & girth are essential measurements required for this registry.

Online Registry Form Download PDF Registry Form

How to Measure a Fish

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  1. Place the fish on its side with the jaw.
  2. Squeeze the tail fin together or turn it so you obtain the maximum overall length.
  3. Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.

Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry Regulations


The Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association (Algoma Country) Fish Registry has been developed to recognize the largest catch by a fly rod and on a fly, legally in Ontario public waters. Please see chart for recognized species of game and non-game fish. The largest fish caught in each category will receive recognition. Always follow the rules and regulations as set out in the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary with regards to seasons for each type of fish listed.

In January of each year, the submissions from the previous year via an entry form (mailed or via internet) will be qualified as per the legality of the catch, and person’s entering will be notified of their catch’s ranking. All submissions that qualify by minimum length will be posted to this website. Please note the requirements below with regards to entry.

  1. The fish must by caught legally in Ontario public waters during open season and entries must be received within 30 days of the catch. The fish must be Ontario fish, not relocated or artificially raised.
  2. Fish must be caught on a fly rod and with a fly. No acceptations will be allowed. The fly fisher who caught the fish must be the individual who enters the fish.
  3. A photo of the length of the fish must accompany the entry form. The measurement for length is from the tip of the snout to the tip of the collapsed tail. Please note the tape measure must be the same distance from the camera as the fish. (see above detailing measurement)
  4. Measurement of the girth of the fish must accompany the entry form. The girth is measured at the fish’s widest point. Please note the tape measure and the fish must be the same distance from the camera. (see sketch)
  5. A letter from a witness attesting to the measurements (all three as listed) must accompany the entry form.
  6. The other photo will be of the fly fisher holding the fish in a cradled position. If this cannot be safely done (due to size or weight of fish) then a photo of the angler next to the fish in a net or cradle will suffice.
  7. Please note photos must be done quickly in an effort to ensure the health of the fish. Please release fish after last photo is taken.

Each submission by an angler for a specific species will receive an email or letter acknowledging their submission. Once confirmed qualified, then the angler will receive an email with a certificate confirming they have a fish that met the minimum standards for the records registry. This certificate is suitable for framing.

In January of the following year, the largest fish in each category will be published in this website. Winners will receive a certificate in the mail confirming they have caught the largest fish for that year in that specific category.

An independent body of officials has the right to disqualify any submission. All decisions made by the officials will be final. Our officials include but are not limited to James Smedley (expert photographer), Gord Pyzer (Outdoor Writer & Fly Fisher), Nature & Outdoor Tourism Staff, officials from Algoma, officials from The New Fly Fisher and others as deemed necessary.


Supporters:

Ontario Yours to Discover
The New Fly Fisher
Sault Ste Marie
Algoma Country