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I have a club member who heard that anglers were getting tickets for using lead weights in Canada. Can any of you guys confirm this for me? Is there a ban on lead in Canada?

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This is from the Ontario fishing guide from the OMNR.
LEAD FISHING GEAR
Lead is a toxic substance, which can be found in some fishing sinkers, jigs and other lures
Some waterfowl, such as puddle ducks, geese or swans, swallow lead when they scoop up pebbles from the bottom of a lake or river to help grind their food. Other diving ducks or loons can swallow lead when they eat fish with sinkers or jigs attached. When ingested, it can cause lead poisoning.
What can anglers do to help?
1) Purchase non-toxic sinkers and jigs made of clay, tin, bismuth, steel or special putty.
2) Never throw old fishing gear into the water or on shore.
3) Take lead sinkers, jigs and lures to hazardous waste disposal centers.
NOTE: It is illegal to use or posses lead fishing sinkers or jigs in Canada's National Parks and Wildlife Areas.
 
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