Fishing

Freshwater Species & Regulations

Lake Panache Regulations

Walleye

Walleye

Open Season
Jan. 1 to March 31 & 3rd Saturday in May to Dec. 31

Limit – Sport License
4 in your possession

Limit – Conservation License
2 in your possession

Size Restrictions
Only one greater than 18.1 inches

Northern Pike

Northern Pike

Open Season
Open all year

Limit – Sport License
6 in your possession

Limit – Conservation License
2 in your possession

Size Restrictions Sport License
You can keep 2 greater than 24 in. but only 1 can be greater than 33.9 in.

Size Restrictions Conservation License
You can keep 1 between 24 inches and 33.9 inches

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Open Season
3rd Saturday in June to November 30

Limit – Sport License
6

Limit – Conservation License
2

Size Restrictions Sport License
No Size Restriction

Size Restrictions Conservation License
No Size Restriction

Lake Trout

Lake Trout

Open Season
January 1 to Sept. 1

Limit – Sport License
2 in your possession with only one greater than 15.7 inches

Limit – Conservation License
1 in your possession with none over 15.7 inches

Size Restrictions Sport License
No Size Restriction

Size Restrictions Conservation License
No Size Restriction

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Open Season
Open all year

Limit – Sport License
50 in your possession

Limit – Conservation License
25 in your possession

Size Restrictions Sport License
No Size Restriction

Size Restrictions Conservation License
No Size Restriction

Ontario Boating License

Ontario Pleasure Craft Operator Card: a.k.a. Boat License

Please Note: Foreign visitors with a pleasure boat in Canada will be granted a grace period of 45 consecutive days.

Legislation

If you operate any power-driven vessel – even a Personal Water Craft (PWC) – you’ll be required by law to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. You may choose to take a full course, a refresher course or simply challenge the test. For more information see “Regulations” below

Obtaining A Pleasure Craft Operator Card

The basic requirement is to successfully obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card accredited by Transport Canada- such as the CYA “S*P*A*R*K START” program offered by an Ontario Sailing Member Club, School, Camp or Marina Advisor.(Ontario Sailing Member Organizations)

The power boat operator will then be registered with the Canadian Yachting Association and issued a card. The operator must carry the card whenever operating a boat (much like an automobile driver’s license).

Regulations

Age and power restrictions

  • Under 12, unaccompanied by someone 16 or older, maximum engine power 7.5 kw (10 hp).
  • 12 – 15, unaccompanied by someone 16 or older, maximum power 30 kw (40 hp).
  • People under 16 may not operate a personal water craft.
  • Competency regulations

Youth born after April 1, 1983 are NOW required to carry the card.

  • As of Sept. 15, 2002, anyone operating a powered recreational vessel less than 4 meters (13 feet) in length (including personal water craft) must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
  • As of Sept. 15, 2009. all powerboat operators must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
  • Previously-taken boating safety courses may be recognized, and experienced boaters may take a challenge test without taking a course. Contact Ontario Sailing or your course provider for more information.
  • Foreign visitors with a pleasure boat in Canada will be granted a grace period of 45 consecutive days.
  • People renting a vessel must complete a dockside checklist.
  • Operators must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and carry it with them at all times while operating a power boat!

What if I rent a powerboat or PWC?
Currently, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card is not required in order to operate a rented watercraft. Instead, it is sufficient for a renter to complete a rental safety checklist.

You may no longer Grandfather a Pleasure Craft Operator Card
Please see below for a few frequently asked questions from the Transport Canada website.

Will boaters who have previously taken a boating safety course be required to take another course or test?
Those who have taken a boating safety course prior to April 1, 1999 will not be required to take another course or test. A copy of a certificate or a card issued at the completion of courses taken prior to April 1, 1999 will need to be carried on board the pleasure craft.

Can I exchange my certificate for a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
No. The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations cleary state that a Pleasure Craft Operator Card is a document issued to a person by the administrator of an accredited test, to a person that has passed the test. Therefore, a card cannot be issued unless an accredited test has been passed.

What should I do if I receive training prior to April 1, 1999 and my certificate does not show a completion date?
If the course provider that issued the certificate is still in existence, you can contact them to issue you a certificate showing the appropriate completion date. Otherwise, you will need to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

What to Bring Fishing

Food & Drink

Fishing Gear

Clothes, Rain Gear & Hat

Toilet Paper

Hand & Dish Soap

Bug Spray (11% DEET Minimum)

Mosquito Coils Citronella

Sun Tan Lotion * (15 SPF Minimum)

Sunglasses

Flashlight (Waterproof)

Personal Meds

Toiletries

Paper Towels

Paper Towels

Camera

Sleeping Bag & Pillow

Life Jacket

First Aid Kit

Heavy Duty Garbage Bags

Ziploc Bag

Fillet Knife

Measuring Tape

Measuring Tape

Scale

Matches & Lighters

Depth Finder

Compass (It's a Big Lake)

Fishing License

Landing Net

Stringer

* Sun Tan Lotion: The farther north you go, the thinner the atmosphere gets and the higher the UV index gets. With this in mind, if you are use to SPF 8 at home, then you will get the same results with SPF 15 in Espanola.

We do not provide any permits or tags for hunting and/or fishing.
Fuel for boating is available at a cost if need be.
All campers are expected to bring their own food, towels, toiletries, garbage bags, and hunting or fishing equipment.

Crossing the Border

What you are allowed to bring into Canada
You are allowed, per person, 40 ounces of alcohol or 1 case of 24 beer, 1 carton of cigarettes, up to 4 days supply of food, along with personal clothing and fishing equipment.

What you are not allowed to bring into Canada
You cannot bring into the country live bait in water, worms packed in earth, hand guns and unregistered firearms.

DUI Charges and Other Issues
Our Canadian Immigration and Visitor regulations restrict persons with convictions that would be considered criminal charges in Canada to enter Canada. If you have had a DUI (driving under the influence) charge against you, any time in the near or far past, and if it shows up on your records in the US (which can be accessed by our Customs & Immigration officers through co-operative agreements between the US and Canada) then you may be denied entry to Canada. Random checks are common.

A one-time application can be made at the Canadian border for approximately $250 Cdn., taking up to 4 hours to complete, or a permanent application for visitor entry can be made through the Canadian Embassies in the US for a lesser amount ($35 Cdn.); however, this process can take up to 16 months. Some visitors with such convictions have been successful by pre-arranging their border crossing application and carrying letters from their home police force, clergy, etc. indicating their compliance with the rules over the past few years (at least 5 years). We suggest you communicate with a Canadian Immigration office prior to your planned trip if you have such a past charge.

DO NOT BRING OPEN ALCOHOL IN THE BOAT or DRIVE THE BOAT WITH ALCOHOL IN YOUR SYSTEM
Ontario has the most strict alcohol laws in North America. If you are driving the boat and you are over .08% or have open alcohol in the boat, you will be arrested. It’s a minimum $600 fine, 10-year criminal record and a lifetime offender registration. Your driver’s license will be taken away (right then and there) for 15 months automatically. Other states and provinces will honor these charges.

Between .05% and .08% is a 3-day license suspension and a $150 fine. ZERO ALCOHOL IN YOUR BOAT OR IN YOUR BLOOD !!!!

A police officer from the Ontario Provincial Police and a game warden from the Ministry of Natural Resources do fly into remote lakes and taxi right up to your boat to check for any illegal activity whether it’s drinking in the boat or being over your fish limits. These guys are very very serious and do not show any compassion. You have been warned.

Please read the fishing regulations carefully.

Lets all have tons of fun, catch lots of fish but save your drinking for around the campfire.