The Provincial Government wants to leave your money in your pockets when it comes to fishing.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and M.P.P. for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, John Yakabuski, says they’ve decided to freeze the cost of fishing licenses for Ontario residents and cancel the $2 service fee to get more people to enjoy the sport. He says these changes will increase tourism in areas where fishing is vital to the economy.

The Barry’s Bay native said that they have added two free fishing days in 2019 which are on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekend.

Yakabuski also mentioned that they’ve recently announced there will be no fishing fees for any currently serving or retired members of the military.

He says the sports is declining in popularity and making these changes will help people enjoy the outdoors and also see fishing as a family activity.

The two press releases can be found on the Ontario Government’s website.

Written by: Devon Jolander