Canada Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing Tours, Guides and Rentals in Canada
Canada ice fishing tours, rentals and guides are available throughout our country in every province and in every territory, cold weather permitting. Wherever the rivers and lakes freeze over, and the ice is over 6 inches thick, there are many opportunities for ice fishing. Some ice fishing destinations are accessible with a guide only while others are easy-access self guided fishing.
Best Time to Ice Fish in Canada
Canada ice fishing is enjoyed on many of the major frozen lakes and rivers in Canada. It is most popular between the winter months of December and March after the snow has fallen, the temperatures have dropped and the waterways have frozen over in ice.The rule of thumb is that the ice needs to be at least 6 inches thick for safe ice fishing.
Ice fishing Rules
In all instances fishing licenses are required and regulations are strictly enforced in Canada when it comes to ice fishing. In many areas of the country there are catch limits in place to protect from over fishing. Some areas operate on a catch and release bylaw - so research your fishing destinations. Tours and guides are knowledgeable in this area.
Types of Fish
Some of the fish caught during a Canadian ice fishing season include salmon, trout, perch, bass, pickerel, pike, walleye and others. There are various ways to ice fish in Canada. Late in the season when the temperatures are not as cold locals tend to ice fish in the open with a lawn chair, a thermos of hot liquid and a bucket of fish beside them. However, most travelers prefer some level of comfort and prefer to ice fish in an ice shanty or temporary warming hut (ice fishing shack).
Tours and Guides
Ice fishing companies erect warming huts after the waterways have frozen over in ice. The shack is laced over a fishing hole drilled with an auger. Ice shacks vary greatly in size, amenities and comforts. Most include seating and a wood stove. The deluxe version of an ice shack may include power, beds, cooking area, stereo and lighting.
Canada Ice Fishing Rentals, Tours and Guides