Ontario’s reputation as a world-class fishing destination doesn’t change when winter arrives! It’s referred to as “Hardwater Heaven”! With approx. 250,000 lakes in Ontario, it’s no wonder it’s the best province to fish! There’s nothing better than getting together with friends and enjoying the day fishing. As winter closes in, though, our past time of lake fishing in the boat and fly fishing in the rivers comes to an end.
For those unencumbered by thoughts of cold winter days, but rather relish the hard water heaven, this list is for you! Ontario has endless fishing opportunities, and there are so many amazing lakes to list, it would take 365 days of writing to fill just a small portion. The list I have comprised is sourced from my own personal experiences, and from fellow fishing experts. Although there are endless amazing lakes to fish in Ontario, this is a mere shortlist!
Without further ado:
Without further ado:
Crystal Lake, Atikokan, Ontario
Atikokan Ontario, surrounded by beautiful lakes and trees, is located along scenic Highway 11/17 in the southeast region of Sunset Country. Atikokan is a fun, family-friendly community that relishes its small-town charm. There are plenty of lakes to ice fish, but for this article, I will focus on this one particular lake.
Crystal Lake offers excellent Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Lake Trout fishing
Lake of the woods, Kenora Ontario
A spectacular location for multi-species ice fishing and known as “Walleye Capital of the World”. Other popular fish include perch, pike, crappie, whitefish, trout, smallmouth bass, lake trout, & musky.
Guides available: Ryan Haines, Darcy Cox, Jeff Gustafson
Wawa residents love ice fishing! So much so, that Wawa hosts an annual ice fishing derby that boasts a whopping 140,000.00 + in prizes and cash giveaways to derby winners!
If that’s not enough, all entries have a chance to win one of the randomly drawn prizes!
The derby lakes are Wawa Lake, Hawk Lake and Manitowik Lake.
Accommodations in Wawa are: Wawa Motor Inn, Parkway Motel