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Official Ice Fishing in Ontario Report

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



LAST UPDATED: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

It looks like we're at the end of the season, sadly. Still some excellent fishing out there but next week will likely be the last report of the year.

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                    
Contact: Mackie Van Zyl 705 237-8945
Comments: No report this week. Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions before heading out
 
Lake Temagami - Central: Loon Lodge 24 inches Hard Packed       Fair        
Contact: John/Genny Moskwa 705 237-8918 (9-10am)
Comments: Fishing for whitefish is open all year. Lake Trout, Pickerel and pike are closed (Mar.19, 2017) Whitefish fishing is fair right now. All Ice huts must be off the lake by March 31, 2017.
 


 

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                    
Contact: 705 849-0007 www.lakelauzonresort.com
Comments: No report this week. 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
20 inches Packed Snow Excellent Excellent         Excellent  
Contact:Tina & Jeff 705 864 1707 or 416 548 6124 [email protected]
Comments: No slush and very little snow. Trails are great. Contact the operator for the most up to date conditions before heading out.


 

Lake Simcoe

INFO LINKS:

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

Not much action on Lake Simcoe now that lake trout, whitefish, cisco and walleye are closed and all solid ice huts had to be off the lake March 15. Several anglers, however, still ventured out either without a hut or with their portable cloth models to enjoy some very good perch action.

Over the weekend the late ice perch bite was hot from the north end of the lake near Orillia and parts of southern end – where anglers could still find safe access. Many shorelines are beginning to break up and conditions are only expected to deteriorate despite an expected cold snap mid-week. This may allow for another weekend of sporadic ice fishing opportunities for jumbo perch near shore where conditions warrant. Typically late season ice is when big females move in to stage before the spawning period in early spring after ice out. Anglers are encouraged to practice selective harvest by releasing those big jumbo perch over the magical 12 inch mark which are typically females carrying many more eggs than their smaller ‘eating sized counterparts’.

Northern Pike season remains open until the end of the month and there were a few isolated reports of 5-12 pound pike caught in Cooks Bay. Local tackle shops should be contacted for ice conditions and anglers are reminded to wear floater suits, carry ice picks, test ice as they travel and keep in mind that honey combed ice - common at this time of year is quite dangerous and must be avoided. Reading ice conditions and knowing that white ice only has half the strength of clear blue ice is important. Ice that is getting soft and near pressure cracks or river mouths should be avoided as well.

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Barrie: The Bait Bucket CLOSED                  
Contact: Tom 705-737-2248
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
Jackson's Point: Bonnie Boats CLOSED                  
Contact: Bob Avery/Matt/Scott 905 722-3862
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
Gilford - Cook's Bay: Terry Goy Fish Huts CLOSED                  
Contact: Terry Goy 905 775-2754 or 905 960-5003
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
Keswick: Harry's Riverside Bait and Tackle                    
Contact: Harry Sear 905 476-0441
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
Pefferlaw: Pefferlaw Fish Huts                    
Contact: Jerry Kucharchuk 705 437-1890 (10am)
Comments: Operator has removed all ice huts off the lake, but is still open. It is advised you contact the local operator for the most up to day 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 CLOSED                  
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 CLOSED                  
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 CLOSED                  
Contact: [email protected]
Comments: No report this week. Contact operator before heading out.
Trenton: Glenn Millar Pro Guide Service CLOSED                  
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: Shop is not open regular hours, operator is taking bookings for the upcoming spring / summer. Contact operator for 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 CLOSED                  
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 CLOSED                  
Contact: 905 692-3228 Prefers email: [email protected]
Comments: Ice fishing is closed as of January, 17 - Contact the operator for the most up to date ice conditions 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/

 

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