Ice Fishing in Ontario
Drill through the ice, set your line and anticipate the thrill of the "tip up." Ice fishing is a seasonal sport in Ontario that fishing enthusiasts can enjoy for a brief span of time. It's a time-honoured activity, providing a fun family Winter experience. Walleye, trout, jumbo perch, pike, whitefish, and panfish are popular ice fishing species when you ice fish in Ontario.
An ice fishing excursion can be as simple as drilling a hole in the ice and dropping in a line while perched on an overturned bucket. Or it can be an all-day outing complete with an elaborate ice shanty boasting all the comforts of home. With proper clothing and equipment, knowing the condition of the ice and following safety precautions, ice fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience.
For two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy Ontario fishing, for FREE! All fishing license fees are waived for two days which is is a great opportunity to try this sport. This year's Winter dates are February 15-17, 2014 (12:01 am Saturday to 11:59 pm Monday). During all other time periods, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a valid fishing license to legally fish in Ontario. CLICK HERE for a list of events during the Ontario Family Fishing Free weekend. Kids new to the sport can take part in many family-friendly events!
Interested in taking up the sport? Here are ice fishing resources in Ontario...
Ministry of Natural Resources - Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing Trips in Ontario (Ontario Government)
Ice Fishing Ontario
Fishing in Ontario