Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

This is Free Family Fishing Weekend (Feb. 14-16), when Canadian residents between 18-65, who would normally need to buy a fishing licence, don’t need to do so.
This is a great opportunity for those who have never tried ice fishing, or for those who haven’t done it in many years, to experience this wonderful winter activity.

We are very fortunate to have Lake Simcoe – the sixth largest inland lake in the province, as our primary winter fishery.  In fact it has been called the ice fishing capital of Canada. It provides outstanding fishing opportunities – with lake trout topping 20 pounds, whitefish up to 10, pike over 15 and of course Simcoe’s famed jumbo perch … all within the most populated region in the country. 

For those thinking of trying ice fishing this weekend on Lake Simcoe, there are still some openings with the many commercial ice hut operators on the lake. 

With the anticipated chilly temperatures and strong winds, a nice heated ice hut, complete with transportation to and from the hut (often in an historic Bombardier - which can be half the fun)  and live bait and even basic tackle provided upon request, renting a hut can be a very tempting and relatively inexpensive option.

Many hut operators have special prices for families and kids … and some also specialize in fishing for yellow perch which typically provide plenty of action for young and old alike.

Before venturing out on the lake:
▪ Check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers.
▪ Let others know where you’re planning to fish and when you plan to return.
▪ Ensure you have the appropriate clothing and equipment, which are critical to safety and comfort. Many anglers wear floatation suits and carry a set of ice picks.
 
Article courtesy of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Photo courtesy of Tony Bellissimo

 

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