Ice Fishing in Brock

Lake Simcoe is the Ice Fishing Capital of North America. Discover world-class fishing and a range of ice fishing experiences; whether you are a beginner or a pro, we invite you to join us in Brock for an ice fishing experience to remember.

History Forged in Ice

Ice fishing has a long storied history on Lake Simcoe. Records dating as far back as the early 1800s, tell the story of settlers who survived the winter eating fresh fish caught by First Nations spearfishers. Keeping warm in a small evergreen tent, hunters would lie on the ice and wait by the hole, luring the fish with a wooden herring decoy. When they spotted a fish, they would strike it with a spear that had a barbed tip.

Fast-forward to modern times where Lake Simcoe is now known as the Ice Fishing Capital of North America, having played host to both Canadian and World Ice Fishing Championships. We invite you to come join us on Lake Simcoe where, though we may no longer use spears, the tradition of ice fishing is alive and well.

Fish you can catch ice fishing on Lake Simcoe

There are over 40 varieties of fish that live in the diverse ecosystem of Lake Simcoe. The most popular fish for ice fishing are: Perch, Crappie, Whitefish, Northern Pike, and Lake Trout. For the hardcore ice angler, who is set on catching “The BIG ONE”, you might want to try your hand at luring the less popular Burbot, a species that weighs in at over 17lbs here on Lake Simcoe.

Lake Trout
White Fish

Start a New Tradition

Ice fishing is easily one of the most quintessential Canadian experiences. This winter, we invite you to gather your friends around a frozen hole in the dead of winter and wait for the adrenaline rush that accompanies the tell-tale tug of a fishing line.

Ice fishing season typically starts in mid to late January. All huts must be off the ice by March 15th.

Know Before You Go

  • Ice conditions can shift quickly. If you are an inexperienced ice fisher we strongly recommended that you check in with one of our seasoned ice hut operators for ice conditions before you venture out onto the lake.
  • Implement a safety plan by letting others know where you’re planning to fish and when you plan on returning.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and equipment both for safety and to ensure that you have the most comfortable and pleasurable ice fishing experience possible. Warm layers, water resistant gloves and insulated boots are recommended.
  • You must have a valid fishing license. Be sure to get one before you head out to the lake.

Ice Fishing Operators in Brock

Keep your eye out for the mobile bait shop!

Run out of bait? No worries! Justin comes around with a selection of bait while you can continue enjoying your time out on the lake.