Conservation officers are patrolling local waterways this summer to ensure anglers
avoid using live invasive species as bait.
Gobies are an aggressive fish, originally from Asia, that present a serious threat
to North American waters. An invasive species easily caught by hook and line, gobies
are common in the Great Lakes. In order to prevent their spread to other waters,
it is illegal to possess live gobies, or to use them as bait either dead or alive.
If caught, they should be destroyed.
Conservation officers are monitoring compliance with Ontario's sport fishing and
public safety-related legislation. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to bring
any crayfish, salamanders, live fish or leeches from outside Ontario into the province
for use as bait. Anglers are only allowed to use fish species designated as baitfish
For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Recreational
Fishing Regulations Summary, available at
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time
or contact your local ministry's office during regular business hours. You can also
call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.