What type of Fishing is Found Along the Rideau Canal?

08 September 2017
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What type of Fishing is Found Along the Rideau Canal?

Posted by Jan Wrobel on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 9:36am.

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The Rideau Canal is the perfect place to go fishing in the area. Fishing season goes on all year but different times of year offer different types of fish to be caught. Make sure you have your Ontario fishing license, including the standard license and the conservation license. When you’re looking for a great place to catch Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass and more, check out the lakes and rivers of the Rideau Waterway in Ottawa.

When is fishing season?

While there are some fish you can catch all year, specific fish are only going to be allowed to be fished for at certain times of the year. It’s illegal to fish for Bass before the season opens, even if you plan to release them. It is damaging to bass during the spawning and rearing season in the spring because adult bass become removed from their nests and the young bass are unprotected and subject to predation.

  • Walleye (Pickerel) are available from January 1st to March 1st and the 2nd Saturday in May to December 31st. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are in season on the 3rd Saturday in June to December 15th.
  • Lake Trout can be fished on the 4th Saturday in May to September 8th while Muskellunge are available on the 1st Saturday in June to December 15th.
  • Northern Pike can be fished from January 1st to March 1st and the 2nd Saturday in May to December 31st.
  • All year, you can fish for Perch, Whitefish, Catfish, Crappie and Sunfish.

Things you should know

Ontario requires either a standard license or a conservation license for fishing. The conservation license is cheaper but lowers your catch limit. While you can have fun catching fish, respecting the prey is important.

Use barbless hooks if you plan on catching to release because the fish will have a greater chance of survival. Use non-lead weights and jigs because lead fishing gear has a detrimental impact on waterfowl including swans, geese and ducks.

The Rideau Waterway is the perfect place to catch your favourite fish and has been a popular spot for black and green bass fishing since the 19th century.