Certain fish in the Kawartha area are in season year round whereas
others have specific fishing seasons. This lake region is mostly part
of the Ministry of Natural Resources Zone 17.
Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Crappie, and Sunfish are open ALL YEAR for
Walleye is open from early May to mid November.
Muskellunge, Small and Large mouth Bass are open from early June to mid
Some of the northern lakes in this region are part of the Ministry of
Natural Resources Zone 15. Slightly different seasons apply to the same
For example Northern Pike is open January to March, closed for April
and most of May and then open for the remainder of the year.
Walleye is open from January to mid March and again from the end of May
Large and Small mouth Bass are open from the end of June to November.
Muskellunge has a similar season, open from early June to mid December.
Yellow Perch, Crappie and Sunfish are again open ALL YEAR.
Kawartha Lakes - Where to Fish
Because the lakes in this area are interconnected by rivers, locks and
smaller lakes many of the same fish species can be found in the various
That being said some lakes are better for some species
than others. The tri-lakes of Pigeon, Buckhorn and Chemong are known
for Bass (large and small).
While Carp appears to be found in many of the Kawarthas it does not seem to appear in Balsam Lake.
keep in mind that this area is not just great for fishing but many
boaters are out on the water during the summer season. Plan your
fishing time so that you can enjoy quieter waters and not have to deal
with loud and fast power boats.