ONTARIO - FISHING
AT ITS FINEST
Everyone who fishes, dreams of the perfect
fishing experience. The perfect challenge. The perfect cast.
The perfect catch. Even the perfect spot in which to wet a line.
Fortunately, there is one place where those dreams are met -
and often exceeded. This is the province of ONTARIO.
Here you will find more than 250,000 inland
lakes and countless rivers and streams that comprise 15 per
cent of the world's fresh water. These bodies of water are teeming
with the world's most exciting and sought-after sport fish.
Only Ontario can offer you more types of freshwater fishing
opportunities than anywhere else on the planet. The waters of
Ontario are home to 37 species of sport fish. Each year recreational
anglers catch more than 107 million fish, of which over three-quarters
This is the place where muskie can reach 65
pounds (29.5 kg) or more. Northern pike in the 20 pound (10
kg) class are common but pike don't have to be large to provide
excellent sport. They abound everywhere and are always a willing
adversary. Bass, both large and small mouth, are found throughout
the province. Pound for pound, they are probably the "fightingest"
fish of all. Walleye are spread all over the province with over
8 million walleye caught each year by anglers. And they come
in sizes to suit everyone, up to the Ontario record of 22.25
pounds (10.1 kg). Here is a fish willing to bite at most times
and whose eating qualities are second to none. The colder waters
of the province - lakes, rivers ponds, streams - are home to
the many trout species. Lakers, speckles (brookies) rainbows
and splake are found in many of the lakes and streams. The rainbow
(steelhead) trout, chinook and cohoe salmon provide some of
the very best angling opportunities in the Great Lakes and adjacent
areas from early spring to "ice up."
Not only does Ontario have a tremendous variety
of freshwater sport fish, it also has the most places to catch
them. From clear, cold lakes of only a few acres to the largest
inland waters on the continent...from rushing streams to big,
rambling rivers ...whether you seek your experience from a boat
or canoe, in waders or from shore - Ontario has a place for
Imagine a land renowned for high-quality fishing,
where many lakes are seldom fished, with exciting possibilities
around every scenic bend, where angling can be as simple as
dropping a line off the Trans-Canada Highway or as exotic as
flying into a remote outpost. All this is available in northwestern
Ontario. Walleye, lake trout, pike and bass thrive in the pristine
waters of the Northwest. And this part of Ontario is famous
for its trophy muskie.
Northeastern Ontario encompasses
as geographic diversity that begins with the
rocky magnificence of the Canadian Shield.
This area possesses a wealth of fishing waters.Its
boundaries extend north to coastal beauty,
wild rivers and wetlands of the James and
Hudson Bay Lowlands, south to the rugged Lake
Superior shoreline of Algoma country and the
popular waters of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay
and Manitoulin Island. From cottage country
to wilderness, this region has it all. Huge
lake trout, monster pike and record-class
brook trout abound in the James Bay frontier.
In Algoma country, walleye, pike, bass, pan
fish and several trout species supply angling
memories. And trolling Great Lakes coastal
waters produces an exciting array of steelhead,
salmon and lake trout.
If you find yourself in a place that has big
waters, historic canals, lakes, ponds an drivers - and easy
access to them all - you are probably in Eastern Ontario. At
the southern edge, the Bay of Quinte is renowned for lunker
walleye, pike, and small mouth and large mouth bass. Further
along, the St. Lawrence River's shoals and backwaters offer
excellent fishing for small mouth and largemouth bass, pike
muskie and pan fish. Rainbow, brown and lake trout and salmon
prowl Lake Ontario and provide action through fall. To the north,
the shallow waters of the Kawarthas teem with bass, walleye,
muskie an pan fish, and there are resorts and services to look
after all your needs. Further north still, the Haliburton region
offers lake trout, brook trout, small mouth bass, and whitefish
in deep, clear lakes on the Canadian Shield. And just next door
is the beautiful Ottawa Valley offering a smorgasbord of fish.
Cold-water species of lake trout, speckles (brookies), splake
and rainbow are found in sections of the Ottawa Valley while
other regions of the valley provide excellent angling for small
mouth, largemouth, walleye, northern pike an muskie the historic
Ottawa River, forming the eastern boundary of the province,
offers more pike, walleye, largemouth, small mouth, muskie,
sturgeon, catfish and pan fish. Nestled between Haliburton and
the Ottawa Valley is Ontario's oldest provincial park, Algonquin.
the park offers exceptional angling for trout species and small
mouth bass. Some park lakes are drive-to lakes while others
are in the interior and require portaging. In the east, between
Kingston and Ottawa, The Rideau system's lakes and canals host
a variety of warm-water species, providing excellent largemouth
bass and crappie angling. Several of the deeper lakes offer
lake trout as a bonus. just west of the Rideau is the region
known as the Land O'Lakes. The countless lakes in this region
offer great angling for both warm and cold water species.
Central Ontario..this is cottage country. In
the northeast, the regions of Muskoka and Parry Sound are set
in the Canadian Shield. Their deep, clean waters shelter bass,
walleye, pike, lake trout, whitefish and pan fish. to the west,
Georgian Bay and Bruce peninsula waters of the Lake Huron are
tops for trout and salmon trolling or for casting for bass and
pan fish in shoreline regions. Part of the Trent/Severn Waterway,
sprawling Lake Simcoe offers lake trout, pike, bass, crappie,
jumbo perch and whitefish. In the Lake Couchiching/Simcoe area
expect to find some of the province's finest spring perch fishing,
but pike, bass, crappie and muskie keep anglers returning each
Southwestern Ontario offers pleasant contrasts.
Three of the Great Lakes (huron, Erie and Ontario) and Lake
St. Clair cradle the region. hot charter-boat action awaits
you on all of them. big salmon and trout, scads of small mouth
bass and lunker walleye are yours for the catching. From shore,
there are opportunities to catch perch, pike, freshwater drum,
bass, crappie, salmon and trout.
Ontario boasts the world's largest number of
water-side resorts with facilities and services to suit every
taste and every budget. Accommodation options can run from rustic
to remote fly-in wilderness fishing camps far away from civilization
to luxurious shoreline resorts within easy driving distance.
The fish themselves, of course, are only one
of the reasons to come to Ontario. You will also find yourself
surrounded by a land of beauty and variety - rich with a bountiful
supply of wildlife.
Whether you want the ultimate sport fishing
getaway on the fringe of the Arctic or just to drop a line off
the end of a dock - or something in between - Ontario offers
it. Ontario - where an angler's freshwater fishing dreams come
Selective harvest, with a strong foundation
of "Catch and Release", is the policy
we advocate at FISHING MAPS "PLUS".
Many anglers wish to eat some fish, and why
not? They are nutritious and "umm",
good tasting. If selective harvest is practiced,
then the resource is renewable. The modern-day
approach is to keep more numerous pan fish
before less abundant larger predators, and
keep smaller, more abundant fish of a species
before larger, less abundant ones.