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Dotted with major cities, superb natural and manmade attractions, Southern Ontario is rich in beautiful water bodies filled with species as varied as the cities and towns that make up this landscape. Whether you choose the beauty of the Grand River, the richness of the Land O’Lakes region, the diversity of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the epic Saugeen River or the area known across Ontario as cottage country — such as Muskoka — your choice of accommodation and species are endless.
You can probably guess that seeking out a place to fish in Ontario is not difficult; with our plethora of angling lakes, rivers and streams, the hardest part is picking which one! You can be sure of one thing, in Southern Ontario no matter what city you may visit or live in, you are never far away from the beauty and excitement of a drive-in angling vacation. For example, it’s only an hour and a half from Toronto to the famous waters of Rice Lake, while Barrie and Orillia are both located in bays on Lake Simcoe! Angling is closer than you think in any part of Southern Ontario.
There’s exceptional fly angling opportunities abound in Southern Ontario! Whether you are looking to the Grand or Credit Rivers, the Saugeen, or Ganaraska, you can cast for steelhead, fighting bass, northern pike, or a favourite of fly fishers, brookies.
With the number of opportunities for angling in Southern Ontario, it should come as no surprise that charter boat angling complete with superb guiding, top of the line vessels, diverse species and the very best waterways is offered widely across this expanse of geography. Whether you are a beginner angler or an avid, a gear or fly guy, a Charter Angling trip is something that dreams are made.
Ontario residents can try ice fishing, licence 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
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.