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    Default Can you keep out of season fish from a private pond??

    My first guess would be no, but I'm curious. I have permission to take fish out of a few private ponds that were stocked by the owner. I've seen videos of people in the U.S keeping largemouth while ice fishing in their private ponds. I'm wondering if we have the same kind of rules here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MihajloSimsic View Post
    My first guess would be no, but I'm curious. I have permission to take fish out of a few private ponds that were stocked by the owner. I've seen videos of people in the U.S keeping largemouth while ice fishing in their private ponds. I'm wondering if we have the same kind of rules here?
    I have a pond on my property that I personally stock. The entire body of water is on my property and there is no connection between it and other water. The fish hatcheries that have sold me fish have always said that regular fishing regulations (season and limits) do not apply if your pond meets the criteria I mentioned. If you want information for the specific body of water you are fishing, I'm sure you can call the ministry and ask.

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    By the way, here is where I obtained this information.

    2(1)These Regulations apply in Ontario.

    (2)These Regulations do not apply to

    (a)waters to which theNational Parks of Canada Fishing Regulationsapply;

    (b)activities carried out under an aquaculture licence;

    (c)aquaculture activities carried out by employees of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; or

    (d)artificially created waters into which only fish obtained from either the holder of an aquaculture licence or the holder of a commercial fishing licence have been released for non-commercial purposes if those waters

    (i)are not on a regional flood plain,

    (ii)lie wholly within the boundaries of privately owned land,

    (iii)have no connection or outflow to natural waters, and

    (iv)contain water from surface run-off, natural springs, ground water or water pumped from a stream or lake.

    As you can see, a pond like mine meets all the criteria above. This is from https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/.../fulltext.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG1 View Post
    By the way, here is where I obtained this information.

    2(1)These Regulations apply in Ontario.

    (2)These Regulations do not apply to

    (a)waters to which theNational Parks of Canada Fishing Regulationsapply;

    (b)activities carried out under an aquaculture licence;

    (c)aquaculture activities carried out by employees of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; or

    (d)artificially created waters into which only fish obtained from either the holder of an aquaculture licence or the holder of a commercial fishing licence have been released for non-commercial purposes if those waters

    (i)are not on a regional flood plain,

    (ii)lie wholly within the boundaries of privately owned land,

    (iii)have no connection or outflow to natural waters, and

    (iv)contain water from surface run-off, natural springs, ground water or water pumped from a stream or lake.

    As you can see, a pond like mine meets all the criteria above. This is from https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/.../fulltext.html
    Thanks a bunch!!!
    This pond is far from any natural water body and is on private land, stocked with fry that were purchased.
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    Purchased stock is main thing I was accused of moving small mouth bass into my pond told mnr likely goose moved eggs I donít know how they got there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MihajloSimsic View Post
    Thanks a bunch!!!
    This pond is far from any natural water body and is on private land, stocked with fry that were purchased.
    You are welcome. Good luck fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js4fn View Post
    Purchased stock is main thing I was accused of moving small mouth bass into my pond told mnr likely goose moved eggs I donít know how they got there
    That's a good point. I have the receipts from the fish farm in case I get asked that.

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