With the province initiating Step 1 of their re-opening plan on Friday, June 11, Ontario Women Anglers will be re-starting its Master Angler program. All other activities are still on hold until, at least, Step 2.

Provided that Step 2 is in place by early July, we will be holding a socially-distanced, team bass tournament on Saturday, July 10. Details to be posted shortly.

We will update and change future programming in accordance with further directives from the government.

Please stay safe so we can all see each other soon.

For further information on COVID-19 in Ontario, visit:

Yvonne Brown

President, Ontario Women Anglers

June 8, 2021

Click on these links for more information on Physical Distancing, Face Coverings and Social Circles.  


Master Angler Program




The Ontario Women Anglers’ Master Angler Program is designed to encourage members:


  • to take their fishing skills to the next level

  • to investigate new fishing opportunities, bodies of water and species

  • to support and mentor other female anglers in catching quality fish

  • to provide some friendly competition at organized events and on individual outings

  • and most importantly…to encourage women to get outdoors and have fun!




In October 2020, we asked members to take part in a survey regarding the eligibility of Master Angler fish caught while out with paid guides and charters. As you can see by the chart below, the results were 61% against using paid guides and 39% in favour. 


For 2021 - 2022, paid guides/charters* will not be permitted with the exception of the following species and ONLY when they are caught in the "Great Lakes and Connecting Waters":

*Payment could be in the form of money or other goods/services in exchange for guide/charter services.

*Assistance with gas, launch fees or meals is NOT considered payment for guiding/charter services.

  • Brook Trout  22"

  • Brown Trout  28"

  • Chinook Salmon  40"

  • Coho Salmon  34"

  • Lake Trout  36"

  • Pink Salmon  18"

  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)  28"

  • Walleye  28"

Great Lakes and Connecting Bodies of Water include but are not limited to:

  • All five Great Lakes

  • Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River

  • St. Lawrence River

  • Detroit River

  • Niagara River

  • Bay of Quinte

  • Georgian Bay  


*Ice hut rentals are NOT considered guided trips unless a paid guide is part of the outing.


  • OWA has added five new species to the program, revised lengths and divided some species into two categories to increase opportunities for catching Master Angler fish (see chart below):

    • ​Inland Bodies of Water

    • Great Lakes and Connecting Waters 

New Species, Lengths & Program Updates



Participants must be paid Ontario Women Anglers members in good standing.

  • Entries can be fish caught in Canada.

  • NEW Master Angler submissions will only be accepted from members who adhere to guidelines on social and physical distancing - no exceptions. This is in response to directives from Ontario's health officials directives.

  • Each fish submitted must be caught by the member herself and meet the minimum length requirement.  

  • Along with the completed online form, a photo of the fish must be e-mailed to:

  • Quickly photograph the fish on the measuring device as well as yourself holding the fish and release it back into the water.  CPR (catch, photo, release) is strongly encouraged to help the sustainability of our fisheries. Dead fish are not eligible for submission in the Master Angler program.

  • Fish should photographed on a flat surface, mouth closed at one end of the measuring device and tail pinched at the other end.

  • The entire fish and measurement must be clearly shown on a bump board or measuring tape in the picture.

  • The photograph should be taken directly above the fish, not on an angle.

  • Measurement should be to the closest 1/8" (no rounding up).

  • Also send in a picture of yourself holding your prize fish. We want to show off your success! Do not send in pictures of the fish on a stringer, hung from a scale or similar device. Please use proper fish handling methods.

  • Fish must be caught within the season they are open. Please check MNRF regulations for the fisheries management zone (FMZ) you are fishing. 

  • Submissions must be made within 30 days of the fish being caught.

  • Please post your pictures on your social media accounts and tag #ontariowomenanglers  If you are not already in the closed Facebook group, you can join at: 

  • The program will run from November 1, 2021 - October 31, 2022.

  • A silver OWA Master Angler pin will be awarded for each qualified submission during the program operating year. Pins will be handed out at our Christmas event or mailed in December of each year.

  • Only one pin will be awarded per species caught in each year regardless of how many Master Angler sized fish of that species you submit. For example, if you catch and submit three Black Crappie, you will receive one pin but you can submit another Master Angler sized crappie in the following year for another pin.

  • By sending in your submission, you confirm that you have read and followed the program rules. Additionally, you allow Ontario Women Anglers to use your picture(s) on our social media accounts and for promotional purposes.




  • Once you have earned 10 silver pins (and it may take several years), exchange nine of them for one gold Senior Master Angler pin…and wear it with pride!

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