We can see more and more ice fishing huts from the our rental cabin’s window. People are out there ice fishing.
As of December 23, 2013 ice thickness is reported as highly variable: from 3 to 12 inches. Be careful, and test the ice. It is a tough walk as the crust on top of the snow breaks almost every step.
It’s probably ATV-safe in some places, but not everywhere.
People report good ice perchin’ action:
Ice fishing perch video report
New smoking ban is in effect in the town of Georgina ( for those who is not aware, this includes Keswick and Sutton):
no smoking is allowed anymore on the beaches, in parks and on the trails.
As Toronto Star writes, “The bylaw adds to an existing smoking ban enacted last year that forbids lighting up in playgrounds, on soccer pitches and sports fields, making it one of the most comprehensive outdoor smoking bans in the province.”
You can see the full article here: New bylaw enforces smoking ban in Georgina
Perching for MS 2012 is one week away! On March 3rd teams will gather at the Sibbald Point Provincial Park to compete and raise money for a good cause. More information in detail can be found on this thread on the Lake Simcoe Message Board
17-Feb-2012: 2012 Canadian Ice Fishing Championship on Lake Simcoe Is a Go!
Many were doubting whether it will be cancelled due to unusually warm weather conditions, and unsafe ice, but today we hear that the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship scheduled for Feb 25-26 is still a go.
There are changes though.
“Instead of entirely disappointing so many people who want to see this tournament happen, we have decided to forego the Big Fish Day this year and will have two days of perch fishing instead, held in shallower water closer to shore,” said Rosa Sharpe of Lures and Tours. “We also have to say, the support received from our sponsors and the anglers for this decision has been very encouraging. Safety First is everyone’s main concern.”
Weigh in and release are still held at the Sibbald Point Provincial Park.
11-Feb-2012: Reports from the ice of Lake Simcoe
Wow what a catch:Lake Simcoe Perch Feb 2012
10-Feb-2012: Free fishing clinic on Feb 15, 2012
The free Ice Fishing Clinic will run from 7 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre located at 125 Simcoe Rd. The clinic will be presented by noted outdoor writer and award-winning angler, Wil Wegman, who explained that while fishing and the many tools of the trade will be a big part of the evening, so too will be keeping safe out on ice.
More info here: http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1295076–fishing-clinic-offers-tackle-tips
04-Feb-2012: Lures: Lake Simcoe Bug
26-Jan-2012: Great Safety Tips For Being on Ice on Lake Simcoe
Those who are used to enjoying winter Lake Simcoe every year may not give it another thought before they step on the ice at the end of January. ice must be think already, and the lake must be safe by now, just like it was the year ago. Not so, says Durham regional police. This year is unusually mild, and even Lake Scugog still has some areas covered by thin ice.
“The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) cannot stress enough the dangers of the thin ice and open water that is present on all bodies of water within Durham Region,” police say. “Although the DRPS recently released a statement in regards to the ice conditions, we are getting increasingly concerned that members of the public are not heeding this warning.”
The released great tips how to make an assessment whether the ice is safe for individuals, parties, and snowmobilers. They also emphasized What to do if you fell through the ice which is a recommended reading for anyone who want to go on rather unpredictable this year ice of Lake Simcoe.
21-Jan-2012: Cars on Ice on Lake Simcoe
Totay we crossed Lake Simcoe by foot into Innisfil. Lots of people are ice fishing there. And close to Cook’s Bay Getaway, the cars are parked on the ice. The ice is strong, but apparently at the Cook’s Bay only!
17-Jan-2012: Walking on Ice on Lake Simcoe
We went for a walk and chatted with ice fishermen. Most of them were after perch. Sun was beaming, and, although it was minus 13, we did not feel cold. More and more ice fishing huts are there on Lake Simcoe…
07-Jan-2012: Ice on Lake Simcoe is getting stronger
Today we saw the first snowmobilers testing ice… The ice is getting stronger and stronger! Someone even ventured out on the lake with his ice fishing hut in a tow.
We saw the first ice surfer too! Driven by the colourful kite, he was going back and forth on the ice.
Winter is finally coming to Lake Simcoe!
05-Jan-2012: Unusual Year For Ice Fishing
Simcoe.com interviewed an ice fishing hut operator, Chad Piedro of Lefroy, who called 2012 “an unusual year” for ice fishing. While it’s usually safe to ice fish at this time of the year, it will be at least two weeks before the ice hard enough even to risk walking on. Even if ice looks safe and others are taking a chance, checking with a local fish hut operator could save a life.
21-Dec-2011: Lake Simcoe Bait Lockdown
Not a good news… As per Cook’s Bay Fishing Board, “VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia) has been confirmed in gobies, perch, and bullheads in Lake Simcoe.”
VHS is a virus that is deadly for the fish. Before the Type IVb (Canadian variation) VHS die-offs in the Great Lakes, regulation of the transfer of the live species was practically non-existent. Since 2005, new policies have been adopted in order to stop the spread of the virus to the new lakes and rivers. Fish and egg transfer, use of live bait, and water transfer are now regulated.
Lake Simcoe Emerald shiner a popular bait, is among the affected species. Baitfish movements from the Lake Simcoe zone will not be allowed in or out as of January 1, 2012, which will be detrimental to the commercial operators.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, the virus does not affect humans.
Fish carrying the VHS virus are safe for people to eat and handle.
17-Dec-2011: Ice Fishing On Lake Simcoe Is One of Canada’s Best Travel Experiences
Ottawa Citizen, in its review of the top ten books for travelers in Canada proclaims ice fishing trip to Lake Simcoe one of the top ten desirable destinations for the month of February. This is according to Frommer’s Far & Wide: a Weekly Guide to Canada’s Best Travel Experiences, the 328 page guide for travel in Canada.
15-Dec-2011: Ice Fishing Huts Rental Deal!
Lake Simcoe Outfitters is running a great promo for Winter 2012: $20 for a Full Day of Ice Fishing for One Including All Equipment and Unlimited Bait at Lake Simcoe Outfitters Ltd. ($55 Value)
According to the, the promo runs till Dec 16, 2011, and vouchers are valid till March 15, 2012. In any case, this company, located in Innisfil, is a great ice fishing hut rental place:
- Open 7 days a week
- Day and night fishing
- Large cozy heated huts (propane or wood heat)
- Catch trout, whitefish, perch and pike
Deep and shallow water fishing