With summer in full swing and outdoor lovers eager to make the most of the season, these fishing hotspots in South Eastern Ontario are sure to attract attention.

South Eastern Ontario is home to world-class fishing opportunities with thousands of lakes and rivers scattered throughout the region. Some of the popular fish species found here include largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout, muskellunge, yellow perch, and much more! With the increased interest in outdoor activities this past year, many people are taking up fishing for the first time or are reconnecting with the sport. Fishing is a great way to get outdoors and explore your local area whether you’re heading out on your own or fishing with family.

Please visit each location’s website, or connect with their staff via email and telephone, for updates on COVID-19 procedures and operations.

Don’t Forget Your Fishing License

Before hitting the water, you’ll want to ensure that your fishing license is up-to-date and that you review the fishing regulations for the waters you intend to fish. For details on purchasing a fishing license online, along with the fishing regulations in Ontario, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing

License-Free Fishing Events In Ontario

Each year there are license-free fishing events held in Ontario to provide people with the opportunity to try fishing without having to purchase a license. Although a license isn’t required for these events, anglers must still comply with conservation license catch limits, obey any applicable size limits and sanctuaries, and follow the fishing regulations.

2021 Upcoming Licence-Free Fishing Events:

  • Father’s Day Weekend in June (June 19-20, 2021)
  • Family Fishing Week in July (July 3-11, 2021)

To learn more about this year’s license-free fishing events in Ontario, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/licence-free-family-fishing

Learn To Fish Guide & Videos

If you’re new to picking up a rod and reel, don’t fret! There is a Learn To Fish Guide available online that was designed to teach people how to fish in Ontario. You can learn the basics including: an overview of the different types of rods, reels, line, and lures, how to cast, tie knots, fish identification, and more. Check out the Learn To Fish Guide here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-fish-guide

There are also a number of informative videos available through the Learn To Fish Program on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxmz9ERQlsZtB4Xzbd1hbCbM9aHrVT9tl

Fish ON-Line

Are you curious about what fish species inhabit your local waters, or wondering where to find a particular species? There’s a fantastic resource for that called Fish ON-Line. You can also view fish stocking information, locate boat launches and access points, sanctuaries, lake depth contours, and more. Check out the Fish ON-Line application here: http://www.ontario.ca/fishonline

Purchasing Fishing Equipment In South Eastern Ontario

There are a number of retailers throughout South Eastern Ontario that sell fishing tackle and equipment. The sales associates working in these tackle shops are often keen anglers, and often have a wealth of information to share on the local fishing opportunities. They can help with suggesting equipment for your outing, and may even be able to point you in the direction of some local hotspots. Below is a list of retailers that can be found within the region.

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The vast waters of the 1000 Islands, St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are a favourite for catching smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, perch, walleye, bull-head, channel cats and the mighty muskellunge (a.k.a. – the mighty Muskie) and guided fishing trips are a tradition in these waters.

“Lennox & Addington County has a very special place in my heart. I grew up in this region and am so grateful to be able to showcase just a small sample of the fishing opportunities found here.”

County CamoBay Of Quinte

Best of luck out on the water this season!

Written by Ashley Rae of www.SheLovesToFish.com

Ashley Rae is a full-time multi-species angler, international writer, video creator, public speaker and fishing guide. To book a fishing charter with Ashley, visit: www.shelovestofish.com/guiding/