There is a claim running through the Internet that Rice Lake has more fish per acre than any other Ontario lake. Of course if it is on the Internet, it must be true. In all seriousness, I don’t know if that claim is true or not. I can say after much research that you will be hard pressed to find a fishery that is hot for such a diversity of fish species as Ontario’s Rice Lake. On this page, you will learn what you need to know about Rice Lake fishing to get you started on your next trip to this outstanding fishery.
Rice Lake sits in the Southeastern part of Ontario as part of the Trent-Severn Waterway. The Lake falls within the Counties of Northumberland and Peterborough. The towns closest to the lake include Bewdley, on its west end, and Hastings on its east. Public launches are located in both towns. Peterborough is only about 20 minutes away to its north and Coburg about the same distance to its south.
Rice Lake is not too far from Toronto is under 2 hours depending on wonderful Toronto traffic and the Thousand Island Bridge for those coming from Northeastern US is only 2 hours to the east. Yes, that does mean that this lake does get fished. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a place to fish that is to yourself but it also means that you will see others while on the water.
Rice Lake weighs in at nearly 25,000 acres. Rice Lake is a relatively shallow body of water with a maximum depth of 27 feet. The lake is dotted with Islands including Cow Island, Black Island, Grasshopper Island, Harmony Island, Tick Island just to name a few.
Rice Lake fishing offers an assortment of species to chase after. As far as the walleye fishing goes, your average fish is going to be in 1 to 2 pound range. Of course, big fish are very possible. A 5 to 6 pound walleye is a truly impressive catch for this lake. While Rice Lake isn’t necessarily Ontario’s best walleye waters, new conservation efforts have produced a rebound in this specific fishery.
The Bass fishery on this lake is arguably one of the best in this region. Largemouth bass love the structure in Rice Lake. Make sure to stock up on your Pitchin’ and Swimming Jigs to target those weeds in the Lake. Also, don’t forget your frogs for some unbelieveable topwater action. If you have never experienced an even average sized bass expode from the weeds on a frog, it is well worth your trip to Rice. And you never know, there are enough 4 to 6 lb bass in this lake to make you think the next one is going to be a trophy.
Smallmouth bass are also very present. You will often have to search some deeper spots especially in the summer but they are there.
Tournaments occur frequently on Rice Lake. So, you may have to share waters with tournament anglers, especially on weekends.
Muskies grow big in this lake and can be caught with some patience and time put in. 50 pound class fish live in Rice Lake.
Panfish on this lake should not be ignored. Crappie, perch, bluegill and sunfish can provide hours of enjoyment. Crappie do pose more of a challenge than the perch and sunfish. A Rice Lake fishing trip should include some time chasing after panfish, especially when fishing with the kids.
Last but not least, Rice Lake offers carp fishing the potential for a great time. The popularity of carp has increased over the year and Rice provides a great fishing spot for carp.
Ice-fishing makes Rice Lake a popular 4 season fishing destination. So check out the information that we have on Rice Lake and keep checking back as we interview more Ontario anglers about Rice Lake fishing.
Our Rice Lake Fishing Interviews and Articles
Rice Lake Fishing Articles from around the Web
June 2016: A Guided Fishing Experience in Southern Ontario from NorthernOntario.travel
October 2015: Fantastic Fall Fishing from TheKawarthas.ca
August 2015: THE KAWARTHAN: Fishing Remarkable Rice Lake from MyKawartha.com
January 2014: Rice Lake a hot spot for ice fishing in Bewdley from NorthumberlandNews.com
June 2013: Cracking thee Code for Kawartha Walleye from AnglingAuthority.com
Top Rice Lake Fishing Lodges
In our Top Fishing Lodges directory, we don’t list all the lodges that offer Rice Lake fishing. We have researched lodges based on our specific DockTalk365 criteria, which includes reviews from around the web, fishing reports, personal experience and quality of lodge website. Bottomline is that we only list places that we would go based on our research. This does not mean that there aren’t other great lodges on Rice Lake. We just have done some work to help you find the best.
Curtis Point Cottages
Sandy Shore Cottages