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Ontario Women Anglers is an organization that provides a variety of programs aimed at getting more women and children outdoors and involved in fishing. Through anglers’ education workshops, hands-on activities, fishing excursions, community events and mentorship, Ontario Women Anglers provides opportunities for both new and experienced female anglers to increase their fishing skills and to network with others that share this passion. 


We are completely non-profit, volunteer driven and receive the generous support of individuals and businesses in the fishing industry.


Intro to Fishing for Women is a program that offers seminars, fishing opportunities and instruction for women that are interested in learning the basics of recreational angling. Participants are provided with the tools and knowledge to start fishing on their own and so they can bring their children out to fish with the confidence of knowing how to set up a rod, bait a hook, release a fish and much more.


Other seminar topics include licensing and regulations, safety, fish identification, rods, reels and equipment, conservation, community and online resources, fishing with children and much more. After each seminar, women have an opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice by participating in a fishing activity from shore on a local body of water. All equipment is provided.

In late 2012, Yvonne founded Fishing 101 for Women which evolved into Ontario Women Anglers in 2015. Her focus is to contribute to the growth of the sport by increasing female participation, and in turn, so that women will pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of new anglers.

As an ambassador for the Keep Canada Fishing initiative, she promotes National Fishing Week and licence-free fishing days at every opportunity. Yvonne has also been an instructor at the OFAH Women's Outdoor Weekend for the past seven years and writes for a number of outdoor publications.


In February 2016, Yvonne became the first female to receive the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence, presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, for her contributions to the sport. She was also the first female recipient of the President's Award given out by the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association in 2019.

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The Ontario Women Anglers group page is a networking resource exclusive to female anglers – from those just getting started in the sport to the more experienced. We encourage members to share fishing related information, community events, tournament news, fishing stories and tips, and, of course, fishing pictures.

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