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Official Ice Fishing in Ontario Report

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



LAST UPDATED: Thursday, February 17th, 2017

Warm weather over the family day weekend means that ice conditions are not ideal, but there is still some great fishing to be found.

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 20-24 inches Light slush off trail, hard packed snow Fair     Good   Poor Good  
Contact: Mackie Van Zyl 705 237-8945
Comments: Trails are good with heavy snow coverage. Contact operator the the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.
 
Lake Temagami - Central: Loon Lodge 14-16 inches Wet & sllippery with hard packed snow Fair     Good     Good  
Contact: John/Genny Moskwa 705 237-8918 (9-10am)
Comments: Contact operator the 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 13-20 inches Wet Snow   Fair         Fair  
Contact: 705 849-0007 www.lakelauzonresort.com
Comments: Snow is melting quickly with the warm temperatures.Contact operator for 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 amazing warming trends for the Family Fishing Long Weekend, ice conditions remained quite stable at most Lake Simcoe locations that already had a good base of ice. Many areas have a foot or more of ice and before the weekend started, plenty of those had almost a foot of snow on top as well. Basically the first two days of the weekend melted most of that snow, turning to a slushy mess by Sunday. That night however, -4 & -5 C temps, hardened up all that slush and therefore very little good ice was lost for those who fished Monday. The sunny and warm weekend weather brought out thousands of anglers of all skill levels- many of whom were families that have never ice fished before. Decent catches of all top three Gamefish were reported... yellow perch, whitefish and lake trout.

The MNRF/OFAH Operation Bait Bucket Program staff attended the Barrie Homebuilders Ice Fishing Derby – which was a great success with 732 participants. The next day the Lake Simcoe Ice Fishing Championships in Keswick was another great success with 125 teams vying for the $10,000 first place prize. Some great perch catches were recorded including 13.59 pounds for the heaviest 12 perch limit- caught by Darin and Thad McGathy for the top prize.

As the week progressed record setting warm temperatures occurred and softer ice followed. Currently at mid-week, ice conditions are still variable and local ice hut operators should be contacted if unsure of conditions.

Area Contact Ice Thickness Surface Conditions Walleye Pike Perch Whitefish Herring Ling Lake Trout Pan Fish Crappie
Barrie: The Bait Bucket                    
Contact: Tom 705-737-2248
Comments: Fishing has been slow. Water pooling ontop of the surface. Ice that is melting during the day hasn't been able to freeze over night. Conditions are changing rapidly with the warm temperatures and thickness is questionable. Contact operator the 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 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 10-12 inches       Good          
Contact: Terry Goy 905 775-2754 or 905 960-5003
Comments:Pressure cracks in some areas. 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
Keswick: Harry's Riverside Bait and Tackle 12-14 inches Becoming Soft    Fair-Good Fair-Good Good     Good  
Contact: Harry Sear 905 476-0441
Comments: Contact operator the 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 Snow covered, slushy spots     Good   Fair      
Contact: Jerry Kucharchuk 705 437-1890 (10am)
Comments: 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
Beaverton: Floyd Hale's Huts 14 inches Becoming Soft      Good          
Contact: Bill Viveen 705 426-7415 (9am)
Comments: 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
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 10 inches Slushy/Wet       Good     Good  
Contact: Don 705 437-1544
Comments: Contact operator the the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.


 

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 12-15 inches Slushy/Wet   Fair Good           
Contact: Bob/John 705 327-3474 (After 10am Tuesday)
Comments: 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: Conditions vary by area and remain inconsistent. Contact operator the the most up to date ice conditions before heading out.


 

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/

 

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