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Once you’re in Ontario’s Highlands, you’ll find literally thousands of nearby lakes and rivers to fish from. But first you need to gear up with the right equipment so you can make that legendary catch.

Fishing Equipment

First of all, you’ll need a fishing pole to cast with. With an abundance of lake trout, pan fish, walleye, and smallmouth bass found in the various water systems of Ontario’s Highlands, we recommend getting started with a spinning rod. But you can also visit a nearby sporting goods store or bait and tackle shops (listed below) for more tips on what kind of rod is best suited for the region. These types of stores can also make recommendations on what types of lures and bait will attract the most fish.

Ice Fishing

For ice fishing, you should get in touch with an ice hut rental operator, who can give you advice on jigging, winter-appropriate baits, and ice safety.

Fishing Resources

Check out these helpful links to learn more about what you’ll need for your fishing trip:

Fly fishing clinics, Calabogie Peaks – A series of fly fishing technique and casting clinics
Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association – Promoting the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing
Take me fishing: freshwater fishing gear – What you’ll need to know about matching up rods and reels, putting together rigs, choosing tackle, and more
What you need to go fishing, The Boating Guy (video) – Types of gear and equipment that’s necessary to fish effectively and safely

Fishing Outfitters

Location: 17 Marmora Mine Road RR#4, Marmora

Retail- fishing and hunting supplies including live bait, licences, tackle,maps,rods,reels, crossbows,ammunition and accessories. Pike fishing derbies on Crowe Lake every Feb. & July.

(613) 472-2832
Location: 2359 Eagle Lake rd, Haliburton

Outfitter, Hunting and Fishing Live Bait and tackle, Boat Licensing Agent

(705) 754-1637
Location: 3685 Flinton Road, Flinton

Service Ontario - Driver's & Vehicles & Health Cards Retail Posted Outlet - Bating License - Written Test

(613) 336-2204
Location: 9 Tuftsville Road, Stirling

retail hardware,hunting,fishing supplys and licences trail passes, giftware,camping supplies etc

(613) 395-3346
Location: Box 1650 258 Hastings St. N, Bancroft

Bancroft based Adventure Outfitting. Bicycles,Canoes,Kayaks,Cross Country Skis, Snowshoing. Sales Service Rentals. Area maps and Information. River Trip Excursions,Trip Planning, Guiding and Shuttle Services

(613) 332-1969
Location: 40742 Hwy 17, Stonecliffe

Crevier Gas, Groceries, Gifts, L.C.B.O Agency Store, Post Office, Fish & Game Licences, Charts, Maps, Lotto Centre, Ice, Souvenirs, Bait, Tackle, Firewood, Grey Hound Agent

(613) 586-2508


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