Four hooks legal fishing the Alabama Rig in Ontario

From the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources 3/15/2012* Updated: 10/21/2023

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources provided this clarification on their regulations specifically pertaining to the use of Alabama / castable umbrella rigs stating you can legally fish with up to 4 hooks on the rig. You can leave the 5th wire empty or use a spinner or minnow body with no hook if you choose.

Latest Ontario Fishing Regulations

The 2023 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary states (p. 11):
“Hook – A hook includes a single-pointed or multiple-pointed hook on a common shaft but does not include a snagger or spring gaff. The number of hooks includes any single-pointed or multiple-pointed hooks that are part of a lure.

Hooks and Lines – An angler may use only one line, unless otherwise stated in the regulations. Two lines may be used when angling from a boat in parts of the Great Lakes and for ice fishing in many areas. A fishing line must not have more than four hooks attached.”

A Conservation Office told this in 2015: “Therefore, an Alabama Rig would be legal as long as it doesn’t have more than four hooks attached. Anglers can place either a spinner blade and/or a minnow body with no hook on the 5th wire or leave it empty.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you require further assistance, please contact the Natural Resources Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940.”

* Always make sure you get the latest fishing guide regulations directly from the state or province you plan to fish in as regulations are subject to change without notice on Though we attempt to get an official up-to-date response we cannot guaranty we have the latest correct and complete regulations including all exceptions.

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