Did you know we’re right in the middle of ice-fishing season? Ice fishing requires only minimal gear and experience, and no need for a boat! With a bit of preparation and planning, you’ll be ready to drill a hole, drop your line, and enjoy the very social sport with the comfort (and warmth!) of your RV nearby.
Whether you’re an ice fishing veteran or just thinking of trying it out for the first time, Canada offers so many great spots to explore with nearby year-round camping or day use areas.
Here are 7 great places to ice fish and RV across Canada:
Whiteswan Lake, British Columbia
Nestled in the Kootenays, Whiteswan Lake is a great winter spot for an ice fishing getaway. The provincial park offers 16 year-round campsites at Inlet Creek campground. As a bonus, you can warm up after a day fishing in the nearby Lussier Hot Springs!
Lake Dauphin, Manitoba
Lake Dauphin in western Manitoba is a mecca for ice fishing in the winter. Cold weather sees the lake transformed into a winter village of ice fishing shacks, with a variety of trout and other species to be caught. This year, the Dauphin Lake Ice Fishing Derby is set for Saturday, March 18th.
Cold Lake, Alberta/Saskatchewan
Right on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, just northeast of Edmonton, Cold Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Alberta and home to 24 known species of fish. You’ll have the chance to catch lake trout, northern pike, walleye, whitefish, yellow perch and burbot. There are a few campgrounds in the area offering winter RV sites.
Lake of the Woods, Ontario/Manitoba
Lake of the Woods sits on the Canada/U.S. border, stretching into parts of Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota. With over 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore! The lake is home to walleye, northern pike, jumbo yellow perch, whitefish, and lake trout, and is a popular ice fishing destination.
Lake Simcoe, Ontario
Just north of Toronto, Lake Simcoe is one of Canada’s most popular fishing destinations and hosts several ice fishing derbies. Famous for its jumbo perch, you’ll also catch pike, lake trout, and whitefish.
Lake Nipissing, Ontario
One of Ontario’s largest lakes, Lake Nipissing offers excellent fishing for walleye, perch, northern pike, whitefish and cisco. You can stay a while at one of the winter RV camping spots in the area, like South Shore Camping or Fish Bay Marina.
Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
Ice fishing season in the Northwest Territories runs right into spring, with April and May being popular times to enjoy the sport. You can fish for trout, pike and pickerel on inland lakes like one of Canada’s largest and coldest lakes, Great Slave Lake.
If you’re traveling out of province, be sure to read up on the local ice fishing regulations and obtain any necessary licenses. Ice safety is also an important subject to be well versed on.
Tell us in the comments; have you taken an ice fishing RV trip? Where is your favourite spot?