Truly a four-season angling destination, Ontario is an unbeatable destination for ice fishing.
From Kenora's Lake of the Woods to North Bay's massive Lake Nipissing, Lake Rousseau or Lake Joseph in Muskoka and down to Lake Simcoe and Rice Lake in Southern Ontario, you’ll find a wide range of amazing multi-species ice fishing action. Drop a line for walleye, northern pike, whitefish, black crappie, yellow perch, lake trout and brook trout.
Resorts and outfitters specialize in packages ranging from a first-class American Plan to more adventuresome "on ice bungalows". And local guides can direct you to some great inland fishing holes that are often only accessible in winter by those travelling by snowmobile.
Quick guide to ice fishing
How to get your fishing licence
Licence-free fishing weekend in February
Ontario residents can try ice fishing, licence-free, during the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend in February, which conveniently coincides with Family Day. One of four designated periods throughout the year (other periods include May, June and July), these province-wide events are designed to encourage families to discover the joy of fishing together.
Wawa Ice Fishing Derby
The Lake Simcoe Challenge
Known as the ice fishing capital of North America, the Ice Fishing Lake Simcoe Challenge takes place mid-February through to mid-March. Cash prizes and bragworthy swag are awarded to winners in various species categories.
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Know before you go
Ontario Fishing Regulations
This annual guide to the rules and regulations for recreational fishing in Ontario contains information about recreational fishing licences, open seasons and catch limits, as well as up-to-date fishing regulations for each fishing zone.
Fishing bait rules
Last updated: November 30, 2023