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Sport Fishing

Sport fishing is a technique of recreational fishing that varies, according to the type of fish and body of water. Sport fishing is often practiced as angling, in which a fishing rod with a baited hook is used to catch fish, but other techniques can be used. Once an angler catches a fish, they often kill it and have it weighed and preserved; however, "catch and release, a system in which the fish is released after being reeled in (and sometimes weighed), is increasingly popular. According to the City of Toronto, there are 15 different types of fish that can be caught within the city limits.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Recreational fishing

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

While fishing was undertaken in Canada for subsistence or commercial purposes by Indigenous Peoples, the modern origins of sport fishing in Canada lie with British and French colonizers. Publications like The Compleat Angler (published in 1683) helped popularize the activity.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Sport fishing primarily occurs during the summer.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association; Murray’s Fly Fishing School

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



  • Murray’s Fly Fishing School
    10 Yonge St
    Toronto, ON M5E 1R4
  • Scarborough Bluffs
    7 Brimley Rd South
    Scarborough, ON M1M 3W3
  • Bronte Creek Provincial Park
    1219 Burloak Dr.
    Oakville, ON L6M 4J7
  • Port Credit Memorial Park
    40 Stavebank Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5G 1S4
  • Lakeview Park
    55 Lakeview Park Ave
    Oshawa, ON L1J 7Z9

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