Fishing in York Region

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Fishing is a  sport that allows you to spend time relaxing in a peaceful lake setting. The Ministry of Natural Resources Fisheries Management Plan indicates that Lake Simcoe is the largest lake in Southern Ontario. A fishing haven is a mere hour from Toronto, and in the very backyard of York Region.

Lake trout, lake whitefish, smallmouth bass and yellow perch are abundant in Lake Simcoe, both wild and hatched from fisheries to promote sustainable sportsmanship.

Who says fishing is only for summer? Every winter thousands come to experience ice fishing on Lake Simcoe. For those who have never fished, or for those who have only fished in the summer, ice fishing is truly a novel experience not to miss. Ice fishing is a popular winter outdoors activity on Lake Simcoe with many fishing companies renting out equipment and huts. (A quick check about ice fishing hut registration and rules can be found at Ice Fishing-Regulations from Ministry of Natural Resources).

Lake Simcoe also hosts fishing competitions for a bit of good-natured sport such as Perchin for MS (fishing for a cause!) and Canadian Ice Fishing Championships. Both competitions are ice fishing competitions – an excellent way to jazz up the bleak winter months!

For more information about marinas/boat launches, ice fishing and hut rentals, and ice fishing competitions, please visit the Lake Simcoe Tourism website.

Want to know more about fishing in York Region? Follow one of our foremost fishing experts, Wil Wegman, to get some of the best tips and locations to fish by watching the video below.

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