Fishing on the Rideau River

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Since moving to Ottawa nearly four years ago, the Rideau River has become one of my favourite fishing playgrounds as it offers such a great variety of species to chase. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed targeting Large-mouth Bass, Walleye, Muskie, Northern Pike, Common Carp, and Black Crappie….just to name a few!

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Spring carp fishing

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Have you ever targeted Common Carp?

When most people see a carp for the first time, they’re blown away by their size. Carp are one of largest fish species roaming our waters here in Ontario and as you can probably tell by the big smiles, they’re an absolute blast to reel in! They are open to be targeted year-round and are typically found in relatively shallow water throughout the open water season.

As such, carp are one of the first species I target in the spring while I wait for other seasons to open. There’s nothing quite like starting off the open water season chasing fish that can average over 20 pounds!

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7 tips for introducing newcomers to fishing

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Fishing is a wonderful year-round activity that can be enjoyed at any age.

It’s a sport that doesn’t require much: you can get by with some basic tackle and fish from shore, or you can dive right in gearing-up with all the latest and greatest equipment and watercraft.

When introducing newcomers to the sport, there are a few key points to keep in mind that will ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience for all.

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10 reasons you should go fishing

Fishing a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, as well as a great spot to get hooked on! Unlike most sports, angling is a relatively inexpensive way to spend time in a calm and peaceful environment, yet still getting to feel the rush of excitement when landing the big one! It can help you de-stress and motivate you towards a healthier lifestyle.

It’s also the best way to enjoy delicious fresh-caught fish!

This past weekend we spent some time with the Learn to Fish team to help us round up the top ten reasons to go fishing!

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How to catch panfish

Today’s post comes from professional angler Italo Labignan and the Learn to Fish team!

When it comes to enjoying sportfishing in Ontario, some of the easiest and most plentiful fish to catch — whether from a boat or from shore — are panfish.

The most popular panfish in Ontario are the sunfish family (pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass & crappie) and perch.

Here’s what you need to know to catch them:

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8 bucket list fishing trips in Northeastern Ontario

Fishing season’s not here yet, but that’s no reason not to plan your dream getaway now.

If you’re planning a northern adventure in 2017, we’ve got a few fishing trips to add to your bucket list:

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10 wacky fish facts

Fishing is a great way to experience the outdoors, connect with family, and explore new areas. Plus – the excitement of reeling in and landing a fish is hard-to-beat. Safely releasing it back into the water and watching it swim back into the depths is particularly rewarding too.

Fish are amazing critters, as these strange-but-true facts tell us…

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Ready. Set. Go fish!

Ontario Parks offers some of the best fishing in the world and with sport fishing season just around the corner, now is a good time to take stock and review how you can get the most out of your fishing experiences.

Bob Elliott, the park superintendent at Lake Superior Provincial Park and an avid, lifelong angler who believes in a fair contest (no sonar!), offers these tips for anglers eager to pull up a big catch.

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Reflections on 28 seasons of fishing in Ontario Parks

Today’s post comes from Rob Cunningham, Superintendent of Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks.

I started working at Killarney Provincial Park in 1988, and that was the start of my many wonderful experiences of angling in Ontario’s provincial parks. I’ve been blessed in my career to work at over 14 parks, and I have fished and visited over 40 of them.

And they’re among the most beautiful locations and wonderful angling experiences anywhere.

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