About Tackleshare

Initiated by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, the TackleShare Program gives new and young anglers the opportunity to go fishing at no cost. There are many barriers to introducing new anglers to fishing on today’s waters. TackleShare removes these barriers by providing the equipment and knowledge to get them started. 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. Get involved through Loaner Sites or the Travelling TackleShare program.


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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. These loaner sites include 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!

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Travelling TackleShare

Travelling TackleShare Program

The Travelling TackleShare program is going virtual in 2021 while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent in-person group fishing events.

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.  Weekly videos will be posted to tackleshare.com showing how staff fared and all tips and tricks they learned.  Viewers will be encouraged to upload photos of their own catches to receive free fishing prizes and entry into monthly prize draws from TackleShare sponsors.

Additional videos will be posted each month with activities and crafts for kids, DIY projects, and “fishing 101” lessons on equipment, species identification, cooking your catch, and how to use the fishing regulations summary.

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 while staying within your family bubble.

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.