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Local Fishing Regulations
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Additional Links and Resources

Google Maps
Fish ON
Anglers Atlas
GPS Nautical Charts
Ontario Fish Records

Ottawa Fishing Stores

Bait Casters –7811 Highway 15 – Carelton Place. – (613) 253-3474
Big Rideau Tackle – 207 Brockville St – Smiths Falls – (613) 284-8284
Cabela’s – 3065 Palladium Dr – Ottawa – (613) 319-8600
Canadian Tire Napean– 2135 Robertson Rd. – Napean – (613) 829-9580
Canadian Tire West Ottawa – 2165 Carling Ave. – (613) 725-3111
Canadian Tire South Ottawa – 1170 Heron Rd. – (613) 733-6776
Canadian Tire Central – 330 Coventry Rd. – (613) 746-4303
Canadian Tire Gloucester – 2010 Ogilvie Rd. – Gloucester – (613) 748-0637
Charly’s Bait Shop – 1009 Trim Rd. – Orleans – (613) 446-57100
Manotick Bait – 1019 River Rd. – Manotick – (613) 692-5463
Oziles’ Marina – 1009 Trim Rd. – Orleans – (613) 841-07788
ProNature Rockland– 2768 Laurier St – Rockland – (613) 419-1419
Sail – 175 Trainyards Dr – Ottawa – (613) 800-0939

Fishing in Ottawa
Ottawa is a city with numerous boat fishing and shore fishing opportunities. Here’s what you need to know:

Shore Fishing Locations in Ottawa:

These are just a couple of Ottawas most popular shore Fishing locations but there are a number of hidden Gems out there. The most common fish species caught shore fishing in Ottawa are Perch, Sunfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Muskie, Walleye/Sauger, Carp and Gar.

Ottawa River Pathway goes along the Ottawa river and there is kilometers of accessible shoreline including near the Britannia Conservation area and Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park
Rideau River and Lakes All along the Rideau System there are lockstations and public access parks that you can fish from.

Boat Fishing Locations in Ottawa:

Ottawa Area Boat Ramps

Ice Fishing near Ottawa

Anglers cannot fish the ice on many parts of the Ottawa River due to the lack of ice, current, Dams, etc. There are opportunities to target almost any open species within an hour of Ottawa including various trout, walleye, pike, panfish, etc. Though there are more these are 2 of the most popular Ice fishing locations nearby to try that are well used and generally safer:
Petrie Island – This is an Ice Hut Town on the Ottawa River (Most likely to Catch Pike and Panfish)
Shirleys Bay – This is a common Ice Access Point with lots of parking (Most Likely to Catch, Pike, Walleye/Sauger, Burbot, Panfish)
Zone 18 Lakes – Use the Fish ON website to find out which lakes have specific species that are open to target and find a public access point

Before Setting out for Ice fishing you should be prepared to check Ice thickness and first and foremost be safe.