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simcoe

Lake Simcoe is located only 50 kilometers from down town Toronto yet is one of the best fisheries in the country. Hailed as one of the world’s foremost trophy smallmouth bass lakes, it also has a healthy population of largemouth that would rival any northern lake. Although bass might add to the lakes international popularity, most visitors come to the lake for other species such as Perch, Lake Trout, and Whitefish.


Lake Simcoe is one of the most heavily fished lakes in the province but the majority of anglers come between December and March to fish through the ice. First safe ice in the bays comes in late December on average with main lake ice normally safe to travel on foot by mid January. Perch season is open all year and might be the single most sought after catch. Simcoe is famous for her Jumbo Perch and any sign of ice brings visitors from all parts of the province and south of the board to test early ice in hopes of catching a meal of these tasty pan fish. The most popular early ice perch bays are Cooks Bay in the south, Georgina Island on the south east shore, and Kempenfelt near the town docks in Barrie, where they fish off shore until freeze up and slowly move out as the ice becomes safe. Full profile with maps, hot spots, and techniques

 

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Lake Nipissing is located in Northern Ontario about 275 km (170 miles) north of Toronto as the crow flies and is the fifth largest lake in the province. Most of the lake is relatively shallow with an average depth of 12 to 15 feet but there are deep areas of more than 150 ft. At its long point the lake is approximately 60 km (40 miles) with over 1200 km of shoreline including the many islands.
This is a very diverse fishery with a healthy population of walleye, the most targeted fish on the lake. There is also a respectable population of pike and musky with a much better than average size. There is a very good pan fish fishery, perch being the main target in this group and bluegill, sunfish, rock bass, and other plentiful.

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gbay

Georgian Bay is the largest solely contained body of water in Canada. From Collingwood in the south of the bay to Killareny in the north is over 200 Km and over 80 Km across from east to west. The 30,000 islands that stretch along the east coast is the largest archipelago in the world. Photographers and painters from around the world including Canada's own Group of Seven have captured landscape images not to be seen anywhere else.

 

The Bay has an incredible and diverse fishery with both cold and warm water species. Warm water species are found primarily along the east coast from Severn Sound to the French River area and north to the north channel along Manitoulin Island. There are five main access regions along the easter shore.They including Severn Sound/ Honey Harbour, Moon River, Parry Sound, Pointe au Baril, and the Key River/French River. To the north there is Kilarney, The Blind River and Manitoulin. All regions share the same warm or cool water species such as walleye, pike, large and smallmouth bass, muskellunge, and various pan fish.

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quinte

The Bay of Quinte is about a 2 hour drive east of Toronto to the eastern tip of the bay near Trenton. The bay is over 50 km long staring west from Trento to Napanee. There is over 300 km of shoreline stretching alone the main bay on the north shore mainland, south along Long Reach, into Hay Bay and Picton Bay and out to Lake Ontario through Adolfus Reach. Although it is called the Big “O”, the bay is shaped like a “Z”. The Bay of Quinte is considered the Walleye capital of the world and certifies its reputation every fall as thousands of trophy walleye up to 15 pounds are caught and fortunately, most released.  Walleye are not the only trophies in abundance. Outdoor Canada has deemed Quinte the best largemouth bass fishery for quantity in Canada. Add to this giant smallmouth bass, a healthy populations of pike, channel catfish, freshwater drum, and panfish including some very large crappy and perch and Quinte has it all.

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The first images that come to mind for most when thinking of Lake Muskoka is probably beautiful boat houses, gorgeous scenery, wake board boats and a host of other quality images. But Muskoka has two of Ontario's best kept secrets. The least shocking to most anglers is that there big pike in this lake. The surprise is that there are Canadian record Pike in the lake. The second secret is that this is a great walleye fishery thanks to the reconstruction of spawning habitat ten years ago by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Muskoka Bassmasters. Populations have been growing every year and in 2010 walleye could be found throughout the lake and multiple year classes with fish over 8 pounds common.

 

There is a healthy population of smallmouth bass but larger bass are illusive due to their pelagic feeding patterns. The lake is fished all year with the majority of ice anglers searching for lake trout. Full profile with maps, hot spots, techniques, and more

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Sparrow Lake is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway system and is the first lake in the chain starting north of Lake Couchiching. It is a relatively small lake at 7 km long and 2 km wide at the longest points but the many bays and inlets provide good shelter and structured shoreline and make it seem much larger. The fishery is very diverse with a healthy population of walleye, large and smallmouth bass, pike, and musky, with good size crappie rounding out the most target species.

 

Sparrow is a four season fishery with good ice fishing on much of the lake. Walleye are the main target through winter although the pike fishing is more consistent. In the spring the pike fishing gets even better and several pike tournaments are held there each spring including the Barrie Bassmaster Open Pike Tournament. The spring also has excellent crappie fishing and pan fish in general although the perch are small on average. Full profile with maps, hot spots, techniques, and more...

 

 

 

 

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