Catch & Release. We encourage our guests to release all larger, spawning size fish, walleye over 20 inches, northern pike over 30 inches and perch over 12 inches. These fish are generally all females, prime spawners, and at least 10 years old, while really large fish can be 30 years old or more.
Shore Lunch Fish Fry. The best eating size fish: walleye 15 – 18 inches, perch 9 – 12 inches and northern pike 22 – 28 inches, we encourage our guests to enjoy eating while they are here when the fish are at their very best freshness and taste. Shore lunches where fish and food are cooked over an open fire are especially delicious.
Bringing Fish Home. As for bringing fish home, we think it’s a good idea if our guests are planning to eat the fish within 2 – 4 weeks after their vacation here, while the fish taste and quality is still very good (although not as good as fresh caught fish). If our guests do not plan to eat the fish fairly soon after their vacation, we think it is a better idea to release the fish back into the lake for their next vacation.
We are in located in Ontario Fishing Zone 7.
This chart shows typical northern pike sizes for different ages as well as male/female ratios for Wabatongushi Lake and our region of Northern Ontario, Canada. We are in the mid-boreal forests of Northern Ontario so walleye and northern pike in southern regions will grow much faster, possibly twice as fast, as our region. However, our northern pike tend to live much longer, perhaps twice the age or more.
Ontario, Canada has a range of Fishing Licences ranging from 1 day to 8 day to 1 year to 3 years for Conservation or Sport Fishing for Ontario residents, Canadian residents and non-residents of Canada.
Guests of our lodge can buy their licences online.
Our guests with some of their big northern pike.