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Ontario residents can try ice fishing, license free, during the Ontario Family Fishing weekend in February (coincides with Family Day).
Drill your hole on the 280 square miles of hard water available on Lake Simcoe, known as the ice fishing capital of North America. Fully outfitted huts can produce some red-hot fishing for jumbo yellow perch, big lake trout, tasty whitefish and feisty northern pike. With a mix of big-city sophistication and small-town charm, this is the most diverse fishing area in the province. Boasting more fish per acre, Rice Lake, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, is another excellent ice-fishing destination. In Muskoka, you'll find exciting ice fishing opportunities on Lake Rousseau, Lake Joseph or Manitouwabing Lake, just east of Parry Sound.
Here are ice fishing operators in the area:
Lake Erie: Bayside Ice Fishing, St. Williams; Jimmy Riggin' Fishing Charters, Long Point
Lake St. Clair: Waterway Resort, Mitchell's Bay; Bass Haven, Wallaceburg
Lake Scugog: Pauls's Ice Huts, Port Perry
Lake Simcoe: Floyd Hale's Huts, Beaverton; Journey's End Yellow Cottage, Beaverton; Mitchell's Fish Huts, Beaveron; Terry Goy Blue Hut Rentals, Gilford (Cooks Bay); Dave's Fish Huts, Jacksons Point; Snake Island Fish Huts, Georgina; Harry's Riverside Bait and Tackle, Cook’s Bay; J's Fish Huts,Pefferlawl; Paul's Ice Fishing Huts, Pefferlaw; Pefferlaw Fish Huts, Pefferlaw; Steve's Fish Huts, Pefferlaw; Casey's Fish Huts, Port Bolster; Randy's Fish Huts, Port Bolster; Jason's Fish Huts, Sutton; Ice Fishing Outfitters, Virginia Beach; Canning Bait and Tackle, Barrie; Bear Point Ice Fish Hut Rentals, Innisfil (Bear Point); Love to Fish Simcoe Ice Hut Rentals, Innisfil (Lefroy); Lucky's Sons Ice Huts, Innisfil (Lefroy); Bonnie Boats, Jackson's Point; Dave's Fish Huts, Jackson’s Point; D&W Sons Bait and Tackle, Jackson’s Point; Hank Heyink Fish Huts, Jackson’s Point
Rice Lake: Golden Beach Resort, Roseneath
Bay of Quinte: Fish Finder Charters, Carrying Place; Baycrest Lodge Marina, Demorestville, Moonlight Ice Huts, Napanee, Bayside Motel, Trenton
Ottawa River: Ottawa River Guided Fishing, Rockland; Oziles' Marina and Tackle Shop, Petrie Island
Fish the iconic waters of the Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Lake Simcoe, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, as well historic waterways, pastoral rivers and scenic shorelines. Bass, walleye, rainbow trout, salmon, panfish, catfish, and carp are all available in the lower reaches, while brook and brown trout inhabit headwaters of the Grand, the Niagara, the Ausable, the Maitland, and the Saugeen. Summer has never been a better time to learn how to fish during licence-free fishing week, June 30 - July 8.
In Haliburton's deep, clear lakes, troll for lake trout, brook trout, smallmouth bass, and whitefish. Fall fishing in the Land O’Lakes area often yields great bass and pickerel results. The Trent-Severn Waterway has an incredible multi-species fishery that includes lake trout, whitefish, jumbo perch, northern pike, bass, crappie and even giant carp.
The historic Atherley Narrows, which connects Lake Couchiching to Lake Simcoe, has some of the province's finest spring perch and crappie fishing, or catch northern pike and bass in The Kawartha chain of lakes. Let a charter boat captain guide you on a salmon fishing trip on Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.
There are exceptional fly-fishing opportunities in Algonquin Provincial Park, with plenty of brook and lake trout, as well as remarkable smallmouth bass fishing. Cast for brown trout, steelhead and feisty small mouth bass on the Grand River or the Credit River. The Saugeen, Maitland and Nottawasaga Rivers are bound to impress even the most seasoned fly fisher. Let a fly-fishing guide take you into the peaceful waters of the Ganaraska River or give it a spin from a boat on Rice Lake, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Experience the ultimate fishing trip, Heli-Fishing. Our fully-guided fishing excursions offer an exhilarating helicopter flight and the freedom to explore fishing opportunities on lakes large and small, including those only accessible by air. Whether you are an experienced angler, or have never fished before, this customizable heli-fishing adventure is a thrill of a lifetime.