Muskie, Walleye, Largemouth Bass,


And the list goes on. Rice Lake is densely populated—with fish! The shallow depths of Rice Lake once made it an abundant producer of wild rice, but now it's a fishing hot spot. There are more fish per acre than any other lake in Ontario. The shallow weedbeds provide a nutrient-rich environment where panfish thrive, luring in the larger species. With year round fishing for panfish there's endless fun to be had.


Fishing Seasons

Panfish (perch, crappie, sunfish, bluegill, pumpkinseed):

Open all year


Second Saturday in May until November 15th


First Saturday in June until November 15th

Bass—Smallmouth & Largemouth:

Fourth Saturday in June until December 15th

Rock Bass, Catfish, Carp:

Open all year (no limits)

Trout & Salmon (Ganaraska River):

Fourth Saturday in April until September 30th


Fishing License and Outdoors Card Information

Most persons over 18 years, both Resident and Non-residents of Ontario must have a valid Outdoors Card as well as a valid Fishing License in order to fish in Ontario. For complete details on Fishing Licenses and the Ontario Outdoors Card please refer to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.


Fishing Regulations

For each species of fish there are regulations specified by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources which govern the size and number of fish you are allowed to harvest based on your fishing license. Rice Lake falls into Fisheries Management Zone 17. For more information please refer to regulations at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.

Fish License Free!!
Two Family Fishing Weekends: July & February

If you or someone you know would like to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a long time), mark the designated weekends in July and February on your calendar. For these days only, Canadian residents can enjoy the fun of fishing in Ontario without a licence during the two Ontario Family Fishing Weekends. Get the details at