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July 9, 2004
Free fishing on the Toronto Islands on July 11 -- and that's no fish tale
On July 11, there will be a free family fishing festival on the Toronto Islands
at the Island Boathouse. The first 150 children to arrive at the Boat House
will receive a free fishing rod and reel. Loaner tackle will be available on a
first come, first served basis for adults wanting to join in the fun. Regular
ferry schedules and ferry fees will remain in effect.

Family Fishing Day is a joint initiative between Toronto Parks and Recreation,
the Ministry of Natural Resources, Toronto Sportsmen's Show and the Toronto and
Region Conservation Authority to promote fishing on the Toronto Islands. The
initiative is part of Ontario Family Fishing Weekend and National Fishing Week.

"I don't think that people automatically connect the Toronto Islands with
fishing," said Brenda Librecz, Acting General Manager, Parks and Recreation,
"and yet there are some of the finest shore fishing opportunities in Southern
Ontario right here on our doorstep and we want to encourage people to take
advantage of them."

There are over 15 different varieties of fish that can be caught on the Islands
including Carp, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass,
Bluegill Sunfish, Pumpkin Sunfish, Rock Bass, Black Crappie and Brown Bullhead

One of the best features about fishing at the Toronto Islands is that fishing
is sustainable. The Islands have a series of channels that are connected to
Lake Ontario and a variety of fish species are continually moving in and out
and constantly replenishing the fish population.

Another great feature about fishing on the Islands is that everything you need
is available at the Boat House including worms, fishing licences, how-to
information and, thanks to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, you
can even borrow a rod and reel with basic tackle.

For more information on fishing on the Toronto Islands visit:

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