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.

First offered in 2013, Fishing 101 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.


Yvonne Brown created the Fishing 101 for Women program, now delivered under the umbrella of Ontario Women Anglers, which has been offered in various cities in Ontario to women with an interest in learning recreational angling. 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 Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, she promotes National Fishing Week and the Keep Canada Fishing initiative at every opportunity. Yvonne has also been an instructor at the OFAH Women's Outdoor Weekend for the past six 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.

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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.