Ontario Ice Fishing Charters

Ontario Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Ontario

Ice Fishing in Ontario

The ice fishing Ontario enjoys each year is so good it makes people actually look forward to winter! From tasty Perch and Crappie to hard-fighting Pike and Muskie, anglers take on fish in all shapes and sizes through in the ice. There’s a lot more to it than just drilling a hole, though. Many Ontario anglers have spent their lives looking for the perfect spot and the dream tactics to beat last season’s record. Ice fishing tournaments are also a big deal in Ontario, bringing sportfishers from around the country and beyond.
 
Ice fishing can cover all kinds of setups and structures. Huddle around the hole in your hut or tent. Check the tip-up in your five-star ice fishing palace. Head out with an hand auger and a couple of folding chairs. However you fish, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your line pull taut through the ice!

Ontario Ice Fishing Spots

You can ice fish pretty much anywhere in Ontario, as long as the freeze is thick enough. But there are some spots that people travel to from far and wide each winter. Here are a few of the best ice fishing spots in Ontario.
 

Lake Simcoe

Just an hour north of Toronto, the “Ice Fishing Capital of the World” more than earns its title each year. Lake Simcoe is one of the best places in the province for Yellow Perch, Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, and a huge range of other species.
 

Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods is known to many as “Walleye Capital of the World.” The Walleye bite here is truly outstanding but the lake is no one-trick pony. Perch, Pike, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie all live here. There’s a reason Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota all want a piece of it!
 

Georgian Bay

The northern part of Lake Huron is the winter home of a lot of Ontario anglers. They’re drawn here by Salmon, Sturgeon and Pike, but there are also plenty of Steelhead to go around.
 

And Everywhere Else!

Hit the Ottawa River to take on Pike, Travel to Thunder Bay to fish any the of lakes in the area. Head North to Haliburton or East to the Bay of Quinte. Most of Ontario’s waters freeze in the winter and you can find great fish all across the province.

Ice Fishing Techniques

Knowing the lake is key to successful fishing. Different species live in different depths and habitats, just as they do in the summer. Fishing with a guide or a local who knows what’s going on beneath the ice really gives you a head start.
 
Once you’ve selected your spot, you will drill a hole and jig with lures, usually on open-facing spinning tackle. Treble-hooked flash spoons like Swedish Pimples work great for Pike, Walleye, and other big fish, as do swimming lures such as Nils Master Jigging Shad. For smaller species like Crappie and Perch, horizontal jigs are a great alternative. The Genz Worm from System Tackle is a special favorite among Perch lovers. The line will often be attached to a “tip-up” which will let you know when something takes your lure.

Need to Know

Ice fishing is great fun, but it can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Always avoid dark ice and never go into areas marked with “thin ice” signs. If you don’t know the waters well, fish with someone who does or talk to other anglers before heading out onto the water.
 
Ice fishing is a unique way to catch great fish. It is an iconic part of Ontario’s fishing scene. Whether you’re out on the open waters of the Georgian Bay or joining the crowds on Lake Simcoe, you’re in for a very special experience that you’ll want to repeat year after year.
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What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Ontario

Make sure to only book Phantom Fishing with Captain Frank and First Mate John!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to only book Phantom Fishing with Captain Frank and First Mate John!!
Michelle  B.
Michelle B. Pillager, MN
Book the trip with Bob only! You will be satisfied with this. Don't forget to buy a Licence for fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book the trip with Bob only! You will be satisfied with this. Don't forget to buy a Licence for fishing!
Oleksandr  L.
Oleksandr L. Toronto, ON
Very easy location to get to. Lots of parking at the harbor. Traffic on the QEW can be a log jam at times. So Leave enough time to get to St. Chatherines.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very easy location to get to. Lots of parking at the harbor. Traffic on the QEW can be a log jam at times. So Leave enough time to get to St. Chatherines.
Jim  H.
Jim H. Caledonia, ON
Enjoy!! The trip out to the fishing grounds is quick and comfortable. You'll be on the fish in no time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy!! The trip out to the fishing grounds is quick and comfortable. You'll be on the fish in no time!
Greg  M.
Greg M. Hampton Falls, NH
The marina is perfect. Few additionnal indications to show where to meet the charters guys would help the custumers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The marina is perfect. Few additionnal indications to show where to meet the charters guys would help the custumers.
Raymond  G.
Raymond G. Boucherville, Quebec
The public parking near the marina is a big plus. We heard the restauraunt at the marina is good so you might plan on a special meal afterward. Traffic near Oakville can be heavy during commuters time so make sure you give yourself time to get there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The public parking near the marina is a big plus. We heard the restauraunt at the marina is good so you might plan on a special meal afterward. Traffic near Oakville can be heavy during commuters time so make sure you give yourself time to get there.
Greg  A.
Greg A. Salem, OR
Great marina with direct access to Lake Ontario. Fishing can be close to shore or further out. Recommend restaurants in Newcastle for a bite after!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great marina with direct access to Lake Ontario. Fishing can be close to shore or further out. Recommend restaurants in Newcastle for a bite after!
Matthew  T.
Matthew T. Whitby, ON
Go down to marina and get Paper work done for parking. We had to get a pass printed of at marina the day before. And good idea to know where your going and meeting the captain. Bring a big cooler your going to need it with lots of ice
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Go down to marina and get Paper work done for parking. We had to get a pass printed of at marina the day before. And good idea to know where your going and meeting the captain. Bring a big cooler your going to need it with lots of ice
Matthew  S.
Matthew S. Wingham, ON
Go with Taymo Charters, Captain Jay and his first mate Brandon were amazing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Taymo Charters, Captain Jay and his first mate Brandon were amazing.
Disa  S.
Disa S. Toronto, Ontario
Bring a jacket and sweater, it can be chilly on the ride home on a twilight trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and sweater, it can be chilly on the ride home on a twilight trip.
Jeremy  P.
Jeremy P.
Fish on the smaller side (1lb or so). Wait a month or so and you'll probably catch bigger fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish on the smaller side (1lb or so). Wait a month or so and you'll probably catch bigger fish!
Agnes  N.
Agnes N.
Port Dalhousie is a lovely town to visit and the marina is really nice. If you're from abroad, this area is probably one of the more temperate ones in Ontario, so you're almost guaranteed nice weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Port Dalhousie is a lovely town to visit and the marina is really nice. If you're from abroad, this area is probably one of the more temperate ones in Ontario, so you're almost guaranteed nice weather.
JOANNE  H.
JOANNE H. Halton Hills, ON
Go on a Charter!!! So fun and easy to have a great experience for all ages.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go on a Charter!!! So fun and easy to have a great experience for all ages.
Guy  C.
Guy C. Sarnia, Ontario
Take nausea medication before leaving. Take an afternoon trip instead of early morning as the winds were high and water choppy.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take nausea medication before leaving. Take an afternoon trip instead of early morning as the winds were high and water choppy.
Marie  P.
Marie P. Fergus, ON
Yes awesome Dave was a great captain very nice guy and knows his stuff can’t see how anyone would not have a good time going out with him ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes awesome Dave was a great captain very nice guy and knows his stuff can’t see how anyone would not have a good time going out with him ?
Francois  D.  C.
Francois D. C. Ajax, ON
Captain Joe and Blue Rock Charters is excellent. Friendly, professional trip.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Captain Joe and Blue Rock Charters is excellent. Friendly, professional trip.
Campbell  B.
Campbell B. Belleville, Ontario
Don't hold it against the crew if you don't catch as many fish as you were expecting. They provide everything in their power...from equipment to knowledge...to provide you with the best possible experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't hold it against the crew if you don't catch as many fish as you were expecting. They provide everything in their power...from equipment to knowledge...to provide you with the best possible experience.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Toronto, ON
Great trip . Try it u will be eating fish for a yr . All around fun. Crew great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great trip . Try it u will be eating fish for a yr . All around fun. Crew great.
Kelly  M.
Kelly M. Fort Erie, ON
Tail end of the season is "supposedly" slow but was not in my case. Walleye and Salmon still biting a plenty and NOBODY on the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tail end of the season is "supposedly" slow but was not in my case. Walleye and Salmon still biting a plenty and NOBODY on the water!
Nicolas  D.
Nicolas D. Stuart, FL
Great trip. The lake is beautiful, but a bit choppy. If you are prone to motion sickness, take precautions!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great trip. The lake is beautiful, but a bit choppy. If you are prone to motion sickness, take precautions!
Miriam  P.
Miriam P. Meadville, PA

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