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.
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.
You’re never too old or too young to land your first catch!
The Learn to Fish program invites participants to discover a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy! This free two-hour program combines a practical teaching session with hands-on fishing, supported by experienced instructors. Participants learn about fish identification, safety tips and equipment use. All equipment – rods, reels, lures, lifejackets and even a one-day fishing licence – is provided. Everything you need to land your first catch!
Do you dream of skimmers, tip-ups, pop-ups and giant pike or walleye? Do you measure the days of winter by the increasing thickness of ice on your favourite lakes? Or are you just excited to try out your new ice fishing rod for the first time?
Imagine setting your line in with little to no one else around, in middle of nature! Ontario Parks are able to offer you amazing and seemingly endless ice fishing opportunities. No matter where you decided to take your auger, it is important to check you have all your fishing and safety equipment, you have let others know where you are and you dress in layers to keep warm. Another imperative step is making sure you know your local fishing regulations! As parks are specially protected areas, so are the fish.
Following these regulations, and understanding why they exist, is an important part of maxing out your time on the ice, while ensuring you are helping maintain a sustainable ice fishing practice.
Imagine a couple newly in love ditching their trip down south to sleep in a yurt in northern Ontario and snowshoe the week away while communing with nature.
That is exactly what one young couple did a few years ago after deciding to winter camp at Windy Lake, north of Sudbury. With the wood stove to keep them warm at the chalet and a whole lot of wanderlust to help them snowshoe through the park, the couple had a blast. And why not?