Featured Image: Beautiful Sunset over Lake Nipissing – credit: Paul Ritter
Why Lake Nipissing?
When you think ice fishing in Ontario, Lake Nipissing must be in that conversation. This Northern Ontario Lake is only 3 hours north of Toronto and is full of Walleye, Perch, Northern Pike and Burbot. This wide range of target species is bound to keep you busy and our healthy cisco population will make up for any lulls in the target bite.
The local MNRF has done a great job protecting and growing the Walleye population with science backed slot sizes. Fish are plenty and the opportunity to harvest table fare is increasing annually. The larger year class fish have been showing up more regularly in the 27-30” range!
Lake Nipissing is over 60km long and 25km wide with an average depth of 15 feet. The lake is made up of a sandy basin filled with rock shoals and boulders which transition to mud flats in deeper depths. This is a recipe for a very healthy fishery for both numbers and size. Winter makes access and opportunities to target fish abundant with the City of North Bay being your host destination. North Bay has many opportunities to access the lake and has many local providers waiting to greet you.
Lake Nipissing Outfitters and Accommodation
Outfitters, Resorts, Hotels and Motels happily await your arrival and provide every option through fully outfitted services including on and off ice accommodations. Ice huts/bungalows, machine/vehicle access and walk out opportunities are available for you to get your next bite. When you pull into town and get a glimpse of Lake Nipissing you will be amazed at how many huts are placed across the entire lake.
Ice fishing staples do the trick such as set lines, jig and a minnow, spoons, glide and rattle style baits. Local retailers include Lefebvre’s Source for Adventure and North Bay Outfitters with Billy Bob’s and Trapper Joe’s taking care of all your bait and tackle needs.
My Go To Set Up on Lake Nipissing
My go to set ups include the Abu Garcia Veritas Ice Combo’s including the 27” ML and 28” M which are great all-around ice rods. The Fenwick Elite Tech Ice 42” M is another great rod for larger species like Northern Pike and what is becoming my favourite species – Burbot. Bait recommendations include the Johnny Darter in perch or silver/blue finish, Johnson Splinter spoons and the Berkley Vibrato in Holo Greenie. Another staple is the Northern Tackle Supply Co. Chicletz which are made in North Bay along with many other great products.
North Bay is truly an ice fishing town where friends and family take to the ice making memories every weekend. Everywhere you go you either see signs of people commuting to or from the lake, telling stories of caught fish or the trophy that got away. So come join us! Grab a spool of line, split shots and a pack of hooks and make plans to experience everything Lake Nipissing and North Bay have to offer!