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Official Ice Fishing in Ontario Report

Conditions, Ice Quality, and Species (Updated Every Thursday)



LAST UPDATED: Thursday, March 9th, 2017

As warm weather continues, it looks like it'll be an eary end to the 16-17 season. But if you're lucky enough to have safe ice on your lake, there is some great fishing to be had. Check below for more info and check back next week!

This report is produced weekly (available each Thursday) until end of season. Details are collected from the tourism contacts listed below.

IMPORTANT! Ice conditions are constantly changing. Always check with local ice hut operators before heading out on any ice surface.

Important information can be found at the following links:

Lake and Species Report

 

Please note: With around 250,000 lakes across the province, no list of ice fishing conditions could ever hope to be comprehensive. We will be adding lakes as we can, though it's not always easy to get data. If you'd like your favourite lake added, send us an e-mail and we'll see what we can do.


 

Temagami Area

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Lake Temagami - North: Blue Haven Lodge 20-30 inches Light Snow Coverage Fair     Good   Poor Good  
Contact: Mackie Van Zyl 705 237-8945
Comments: Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out
 
Lake Temagami - Central: Loon Lodge 20 inches Snow Covered, Hard Packed Good     Good     Good  
Contact: John/Genny Moskwa 705 237-8918 (9-10am)
Comments: Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out
 


 

Sudbury

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Wanapitei Lake: Rocky's Lake Wanaptei                    
Contact:Derek Roque (General Manager) [email protected]
Comments: No report this week. Contact operator the the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.


 

Lake Nipissing

INFO LINKS:

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Callander:   Rob Hyatt Outdoors                    
Contact: Rob Hyatt 705 752-1727
Comments: No report received this week - Do not head onto any ice surface without checking with the operator. Call direct for more details.


 

Lake Lauzon - Hwy 17 (10 mins East of Blind River)

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Algoma Mills - Lake Lauzon Resort & Marine 12-19 inches Little Snow Coverage             Good  
Contact: 705 849-0007 www.lakelauzonresort.com
Comments: Open in the narrows. Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.


 

Chapleau Area

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Scott Miller - Chapleau Ec. Dev. Corp.
OUTFITTER - Murray Lake Cottages
12-24 inches Snow covered, little slush   Good         Excellent  
Contact:Tina & Jeff 705 864 1707 or 416 548 6124 [email protected]
Comments: Contact operator the the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.


 

Lake Simcoe

INFO LINKS:

LAKE SIMCOE OVERVIEW: by Wil Wegman, MNR 905 713-7730

Despite the poor overall conditions some good catches of perch and whitefish still came in this past week at the few locations where anglers could still get out. However for the most part another rather depressing week for the ice fishing fraternity on Lake Simcoe! Another sad year too for the Perchin For MS tournament organizers and participants, as this event was officially cancelled (early in the week) for the 2nd year in a row. A draw would be held instead for all those who show up after 11am at Sibbald Point Provincial park on Saturday March 4.

Much warmer than normal weather temperatures prevailed right thru to the end of February. In fact today (March 1st) it was just announced that Toronto experienced the warmest February ever on record! This past week several huts were removed early – including many of those from ice hut operators who simply do not want to take a chance with the weather. After today’s warm blast and rain however some are still optimistic that a flash freeze expected Thursday night will re-a-firm solid ice near shore but only time will tell. Ice that previously had 14-15 inches offshore in perch grounds may or may not hold up but access to that ice could be limited. However as usual, ice anglers need to practice extreme caution, wear floater suits, carry ice picks, travel with others and contact local hut operators closest to where they want to access. When in doubt- stay off! MNRF regulations stipulate that ice huts need to be off the lake by March 15th but each angler with a hut is responsible to remove it before then if ice conditions warrant.

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Barrie: The Bait Bucket 2-5 inches                  
Contact: Tom 705-737-2248
Comments:Kempenfelt Bay has a surface of approximately 2-3 inches of white ice with 4-5 inches of clear black ice underneath. Shores are breaking up, but could possibly tighten up with the colder temperatures coming through over the next day or two. It is advised to use at own risk and to contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Jackson's Point: Bonnie Boats                    
Contact: Bob Avery/Matt/Scott 905 722-3862
Comments: No huts out, little to no fishing in the area. Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Gilford - Cook's Bay: Terry Goy Fish Huts         Good          
Contact: Terry Goy 905 775-2754 or 905 960-5003
Comments:No report this week.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Keswick: Harry's Riverside Bait and Tackle                    
Contact: Harry Sear 905 476-0441
Comments: Operator advises to remain off the ice due to the inconsistencies of the weather. Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Pefferlaw: Pefferlaw Fish Huts 14 inches       Good          
Contact: Jerry Kucharchuk 705 437-1890 (10am)
Comments: Operator still has huts out on the lake. Conditions are expected to improve as the weather turns colder. Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface
Conditions
Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Beaverton: Floyd Hale's Huts 11 inches Wet Areas     Good Good        
Contact: Bill Viveen 705 426-7415 (9am)
Comments: Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface
Conditions
Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Port Bolster: Casey's Fish Huts                    
Contact: Taj 705 437-1560 (noon)
Comments: No report this week. Contact operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Bear Point Ice Fish Hut Rentals CLOSED                  
Contact: Don 705 437-1544
Comments: Operator has removed all ice huts off the lake and is closed for the season.


 

Lake Couchiching & Lake Simcoe (north end)

Overview by John Whyte Lake Simcoe Message Board

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Orillia: Trombly's Tackle Box                    
Contact: Bob/John 705 327-3474 (After 10am Tuesday)
Comments: No Report this week. Contact operator before heading out


 

Bay of Quinte - From Trenton to Picton, Brighton Bay and Wellers Bay

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Rob Henry 613 921-5392                    
Contact: [email protected]
Comments: No report this week. Contact operator before heading out.
Trenton: Glenn Millar Pro Guide Service                    
Contact: Glenn Millar 613 848-9302
Comments: No report this week.


 

Lake Erie

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
St. Williams: Jimmy Riggin' Fishing Charters   CLOSED                
Contact: Stephanie Carroll 519-586-7990
Comments: Unlikely to open for the ice fishing season unless weather permits. Shop is not open regular hours - Operator is taking ice fishing inquiries and bookings by phone and e-mail. Waiting for ice conditions improve. Contact operator the the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.


 

Lake St. Clair

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Wallaceburg: Bass Haven                    
Contact: Dennis/Kathy Shaw 519 354-4242
Comments: No report this week. Contact operator before heading out.

 

GTA - Binbrook Conservation Area - South West of the Stoney Creek/Hamilton region

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Binbrook Conservation Area - Lake Niapenco                    
Contact: 905 692-3228 Prefers email: [email protected]
Comments: No report this week. Contact operator before heading out.

 

Kawartha Lakes

BJ Marina - [email protected] 905 797 2632; Golden Beach Resort - 1 800 263 7781 ; Doddsy's Rice Lake Hut Rentals 905 797 2132

More information available at:  http://www.kawarthaanglers.com/forum/

 

Fishing Events for 2017

  • 2017 List of Fishing Derbies in Algoma Country 
  • Perchin' For MS - March 4, 2017 - Sibbald Point Provincial Park / Lake Simcoe - CANCELLED - It is with great disappointment that we announce the following - With public safety concerns being at the forefront due to the current weather and change in ice conditions, we are making the decision to cancel the fishing component of the tournament this year. The current ice conditions on Lake Simcoe out of Sibbald Point Provincial Park do not support a safe environment for the large number of participants expected. (500 plus). We will therefore be going to a draw for cash and prizes as per tournament rules and past precedents. The day will include the draw for cash and prizes, Barbeque, auctions and some fun raffles. Teams must be present to win cash and prizes. Please arrive after 11am. The draw and Auctions will begin to take place at 12:30. http://www.perchinforms.com/news.html

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