Marathon is home to some of the best fishing! From the big Lake Superior, or smaller in-land lakes you are bound to catch something.

With the exception of Family Fishing Weeks, you need a licence to fish in Ontario. Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's website for information on how and where to get a licence.

Licence-free family fishing

Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing licence, during:

  • Family Fishing Weekend in February (February 18-20, 2023)
  • Mother’s Day Weekend in May (May 13-14, 2023)
  • Father’s Day Weekend in June (June 17-18, 2023)
  • Family Fishing Week in July (July 1-9, 2023)

Follow fishing rules

Licence-free periods remind us of the value of Ontario's recreational fishery, and the importance of keeping it healthy for future generations. You must:

  • follow conservation licence catch limits
  • obey size limits and sanctuaries
  • follow the fishing regulations

Fishing Derbies

The Al Dixon Memorial Fish Derby is an annual fishing derby in the Town of Marathon run by the Marathon Boat Club.

For more information on their derby, including dates, prizes, past winners, rules and regulations please visit their Facebook page.

Marathon Rod and Gun Club also host an annual fishing derby in the Town of Marathon.  More information on their derby can be found on their Facebook page.


Northern Ontario is home kilometers of forest and the hunting is extraordinary.

The Corporation of The Town Marathon By-Law No. 968 prohibits the discharge of a firearm within the boundary. This includes any barrelled weapon, air pellet guns and longbows or crossbows.

Review the Ministry of Natural Resources Hunting Regulations and the following guidelines from the Government of Ontario on how residents and non-residents can hunt around Marathon.

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