Fishing is all about bragging rights: about the biggest bass you ever caught; about that foolproof lure; about the one that got away.
In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, the fishing is an angler’s paradise, not only because your catch is as close as the nearest lake, but at any of several fish fries hosted weekly in the summer by a variety of local resorts, you get an opportunity to brag to your heart’s content with other anglers.
The Kawarthas are synonymous with fishing.
It put us on the vacation map over a hundred years ago and today; fishing the Kawarthas gives many new Canadians their first taste of the great outdoors. Americans love fishing here too. And it’s no coincidence that the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters call this place home.
Our region is still the favourite because, hands down, we have a unique blend of cool- and warm-water lakes with some of the best fishing in southern Ontario, from pan fish to sport fish: large- and small-mouth bass, pike, perch, rock bass and of course, the biggest prize of them all – muskie – and the best eating of them all – pickerel. Try the shallow reedy bays or the deep cold waters on the Canadian Shield. There are more than 150 lakes here. You can drop your line in any of them and try your luck, year round.
Folks love fishing for different reasons, but at the heart of it all, it’s the simple pleasure of hanging out at the end of the dock or out on the water, waiting for a tug on the line. It’s the stuff of guys’ weekends… family outings to the cottage… a snapshot of the first fish your kid ever caught. It’s the perfect antidote to daily stress. Vacations wouldn’t be the same without fishing.