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Interested in perch, bluegills and crappy? Well, just pick a sunny day with little wind and give your hand a try at ice fishing. There are dozens of lakes to choose from: Balsam Lake, Brighton Bay in Lake Ontario, Cameron Lake, Chemong Lake, Lake Dalrymple, Rice Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Lake Scugog, Crowe Lake and the lower Trent River are just some of the choices available. Many of the public boat launches make great winter access points and you may even get free parking along the side of the road.

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Source: http://leisurecottages.com/Ice_Fishing.html

You will notice many fishermen have a variety of rods, each rigged a little differently. The variety lets you be prepared for the different sizes and species you might encounter, tells you how active the fish actually are and how deep you plan to fish. Experienced anglers have a sharp 6” hand auger, an ice skimmer to remove slush from your hole, a light action 18-24” ice rod/reel combo spooled with 6-10 pound monofilament fishing line and a handful of lures for each species you are after.

Remember, the more prepared you are the better off you will be since changing lures in sub-zero weather is not a lot of fun.

If you are going to a lake for the first time, one that may not have a lot of ice fishing activity already, it is critical that you test the depth of the ice. Use your basic auger to test the ice – you want a minimum of a 6 to 8 inch circumference to get started.

Want to know how plentiful the fish are? Simple. Google ‘Stocked Water Body’ to find a number of sites that can give you the details you need. Find out about species, fishing regulations specific to the area, and of course stocking information.

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Source: https://thekawarthas.ca/hot-tips-kawartha-ice-fishing/

Remember, dress accordingly. Wear breathable clothing and layer, layer, layer. Insulated snow pants and a heavy winter parka are a must. Good gloves, a toque, and a pair of insulated waterproof boots round out the ice fisherman’s most important attire on the ice. You might also want to bring some extra gloves, a balaclava, and a scarf.

Enjoy some ice fishing while there is still time. The weather forecasters are saying spring will happen quickly so please be aware of conditions and be safe.

 

 

 

 

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February 17th is a perfect family fun day. Start off at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Family Ice Fishing Event and end the day at the Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre.

The 9th Annual Family Ice Fishing Day is your opportunity to try your hand at ice fishing without needing a license. It is a free event, all equipment and bait is provided and there is a prize for every child!

All the fun takes place on Chemong Lake in Bel Rotary Park. Dress warmly; pack a lunch and some snacks. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your toboggan to enjoy the hills after fishing.

Ontario Family Fishing Events offer an opportunity for families to fish Ontario waters without the usual paperwork. The Ontario Government designates two periods throughout the year as license-free ­– the Family Day Weekend in February and a full nine days in July that coincides with National Fishing Week.

What a great way to introduce your family to fishing. Plan to attend on February 17th or watch for other fishing festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops hosted across the province throughout the year. To find an event near you, visit  www.ontariofamilyfishing.com.

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Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

…And After Ice Fishing 

After Ice fishing, or if ice fishing is not for you, be sure to visit the OFAH Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

Activities for the whole family will include:

  • Excalibur Archery Range
  • Stoeger Airgun Range
  • Lure making, 2D fly tying and casting challenge
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Crafts and games
  • Unique wildlife displays
  • Movie in the amphitheater
  • Fish feeding frenzy in the giant fish aquarium.
  • Free BBQ (12-2) with hot chocolate

Admission and all activities are FREE on February 17th, 2018.  All the fun takes place between 10 am and 4 pm at the Centre at 4601 Guthrie Drive, Peterborough.

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Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

 

 

 

 

 

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