Licence-free fishing weekend 2018

At the first sign of frost, we often pack away our rods and reels, letting our fishing drive drift into daydreams until spring.

But what if we could reel in the dream catch during the sunniest and briskest days of the year?

With licence-free Family Fishing Weekend around the corner, we’re sharing our top tips about the season’s hottest — or should we say — coldest pastime — ice fishing!

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Hike-in ice fishing at Frontenac

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

Over the weekend, I traveled from my home in the Ottawa area to visit Frontenac Provincial Park. Growing up in nearby Napanee, I had visited the park plenty of times in the past, but this would be my very first hike-in ice fishing expedition.

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A Lake Trout to remember on Windy Lake

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

There’s nothing I love more than venturing off on a road trip to somewhere new.

This week’s adventure began at my home in Ottawa. Eric and I loaded up our truck and headed off to Windy Lake Provincial Park.

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Checking off new winter experiences at Silent Lake

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

I think any angler will agree that it’s nearly impossible to sleep while experiencing the anticipation of an upcoming fishing trip. This was definitely the case for me and my friend Lori, who joined me on a recent adventure to Silent Lake Provincial Park.

This trip was especially exciting as Lori was chasing her first lake trout and we would be exploring a new body of water. We were also looking forward to staying in a yurt, something neither of us had experienced.

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Ice fishing safety all season long

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

Brr! Winter weather has hit Ontario hard.

As the ice freezes up across the province, anglers are beginning to venture out onto the hard water for some ice fishing action.

Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors during our long, cold winters. Trust me, when you’re outside hooking fish, winter passes by in a flash!

Thankfully with the wide range of equipment available today, ice fishing doesn’t have to be a chilling experience. In order to enjoy a safe and comfortable season from start to finish, make sure you are prepared by checking out the list below.

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Why Lake Ontario is the land of fishy dreams

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

There’s a certain magic about any day spent on the water.

For me, this is especially true when I set out on Lake Ontario. It is without a doubt one of my favourite bodies of water to fish.

It’s vast, beautiful, deep, and fun to figure out. Best of all? It grows some massive fish. What’s not to love?

Due to its size, the wind can pick up quickly on Lake O. Lake Ontario deserves our respect, and I appreciate any opportunity to get out there exploring.

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Why you should try fall bass fishing

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

Fall is the absolute favourite season for many anglers.

It’s no wonder! Although I love summer, I quickly forget I’m missing the heat when fall bass action rolls around.

There are tons of reasons why now is a great time to get out on the water and chase Large-mouth and Small-mouth Bass. Below, I’ve included just a few reasons why you need to get in on some fall bass fishing action, like now!

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Fishing on the Mattawa River

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

Fishing on a new body of water is always exciting and presents a challenge, too.

Fishing a new lake means learning the lay of the land without having go-to areas or fishing hotspots from past adventures to rely on.

This is precisely why I love traveling so much and visiting various parks in our beautiful province. It’s an opportunity to dissect new waters and create memories.

Any day on the water is a day well spent, but landing a memorable catch on a brand new body of water certainly adds a satisfying element to the experience.

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Muskie memories on the French River

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

One of the most beautiful bodies of water I’ve visited throughout my fishing travels so far is the French River.

This river is unique. The French River is made up of a massive web of intertwined channels winding their way through the Canadian Shield rock face. To top it off, it’s surrounded by the breathtaking rugged scenery of the French River Provincial Park.

Beginning at Lake Nipissing, it flows 105 km southwest emptying into Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.

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