Anglers come from around the globe to fish the waters of South Eastern Ontario. This region is plentiful with pike, bass, and walleye. Ice fishing starts when the hard water season begins – usually in early January when safe ice forms in some locations. But the ice fishing season really “heats” up in February and is extremely popular right up until March 1st, when walleye season closes.
In a place named The Great Waterway, it is no surprise that there is an abundance of amazing places to go ice fishing. With so many spots to choose from, it’s difficult to list just a few. Here are some spots that’ll make the inner angler in you grin:
The Bay of Quinte – Known as the hot spot for ice fishing in South Eastern Ontario, this area has some of the best walleye fishing in the world. Zigzagging from Carrying Place in the west to the eastern tip of Prince Edward County in the east, the Bay is made up of hundreds of small inlets.
Hotspots include: Trenton Bay, Belleville Bay, Telegraph Narrows and Hay Bay
Cornwall – One of the best kept ice fishing secrets, this area has more than thirty spots to drop a line all within a 20 kilometre range of downtown Cornwall.
1000 Islands – If Perch or Northern Pike is what you’re after, a great place to go ice fishing is in the 1000 Islands area on the St. Lawrence River. The beauty of this area is just an added bonus.
Land O’ Lakes – The beauty of this area is only magnified when the lakes are coated in a layer of ice. And with over 5000 lakes in this area alone this is a fantastic place to go ice fishing. Drop you line, you may just snag a trout.
Rideau Heritage Route – Although there are lots of places to stop and ice fish along the Rideau Heritage Route, one of the more popular areas is Seeley’s Bay. Voted the 5th ultimate fishing town in Canada in 2010 by the World Fishing Network, this is a great place to catch Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Crappie and Bowfin.
Prince Edward County – Ice fishing in Prince Edward County is a popular pastime for local fishermen and anglers from all over. Here you’ll find lots of business that offer ice fishing packages, ice huts and accommodation.
Kingston – With an abundance of lakes and fish in this area, Kingston is the perfect place for ice anglers to stay while on a fishing trip. In the lakes close by you’ll find Perch, Crappie, Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout and many others.
Brockville – The fishing season goes all year long in Brockville, with many varieties of fish available to catch depending upon the season. During the winter, anglers come hoping to snag a large Trout.
Take ice fishing to the next level and see if you can land not only a big one but a very cool prize. Here are some of the fishing derbies that you can partake in where you could win cash or other goodies, including boats! Here are some ice fishing derbies that take place each year, typically in February
Hoople Creek Annual Ice Fishing Derby – Located 20 km’s west of Cornwall
Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby – Located at Island Park, Alexandria
Big Bass Challenge – Located in the 1000 Islands