• use local bait: collect or purchase your bait as close as possible to where you plan to fish
• know your fishing hole: you can’t use bait in some sensitive rivers and lakes
• never dump your bait into the water or on the ice: it’s illegal to release or dump the contents of your bait into any body of water. Dispose of your bait at least 30 metres from any body of water
• rinse out your livewell before travelling to a new body of water. Use a 1:10 solution of bleach and water to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens
These simple actions can help preserve Ontario’s fisheries and biodiversity.