Initiated by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, the TackleShare Program gives new and intermediate anglers the opportunity to go fishing by removing the barriers that prevent them from getting involved, such as access to fishing equipment, and knowledge about recreational angling. Participating anglers simply sign out a rod and reel, as well as an assortment of tackle in the same way that they would borrow library material from a TackleShare Loaner Site or learn about fishing from educational fishing videos on our YouTube channel.
TACKLESHARE PROGRAM LOANER SITES
Since its launch in 1998, the TackleShare Program has become a huge success with more than 140 loaner sites across the province, allowing thousands of new anglers to become involved in recreational fishing. Participating anglers can sign out a rod, reel, and stocked tackle box, similar to borrowing library materials – at no cost. These loaner sites can be found at various Ontario Parks, public libraries, conservation authorities, and other community organizations.
Click here to learn more about TackleShare Loaner Sites, or to find one near you!
Fish Along with TackleShare
All anglers – young and old, new and experienced – are encouraged to “Fish Along with TackleShare” staff as they head out each week to local lakes and rivers to fish for different species all year long. Educational fishing videos will be posted to the YouTube Channel featuring fishing gear basics, all about various fish species, how-to instructions, DIY projects, cooking your catch, understand the fishing regulations and more to help new and novice anglers develop and hone their fishing skills. Additional videos will be posted showing how the TackleShare team fared on their on fishing adventures and tips and tricks they learned along the way.
Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the Fish Along With TackleShare Challenge by uploading photos of their own catch to receive free fishing prizes and entry into monthly prize draws from TackleShare sponsors.
The OFAH, with Ontario Power Generation as title sponsor, is proud to deliver this important program that encourages fishing as a fun, family activity that can be done anywhere in Ontario.
Wherever you fish, remember to follow signs and “Stay Clear, Stay Safe” as water near dams and hydro stations can turn dangerous in a heartbeat.