World Class Fishing in Georgina and Keswick
The fishing of Lake Simcoe never fails to be extraordinary. Whether in winter or summer, competitively or recreationally, the town of Georgina provides an unrivaled fishing experience.
People have been ice fishing in the water of Lake Simcoe for centuries. Originally local aboriginal people would spear lake trout or whitefish through holes which they had cut through the ice. The excessive time spent fishing on Lake Simcoe led to the establishment of the township that is now Georgina.
Lake Simcoe (Courtesy of Greenbeltca)
Lake Simcoe has played host to the Great Lake Simcoe Ice Derby for years. Over a decade ago the region hosted the World Championships of Ice Fishing and international participants were blown away, earning the region yet another prestigious title "The Ice Fishing Capital of Canada".
As early as 1908, over 80 huts could be seen on any winter’s day off Jackson's Point, 80 huts grew to over 800 in 1949, and by 1970, there were 42 commercial fish hut operators on the lake. Nowadays, a 75-minute drive north of Toronto will put you in the middle of one of the most amazing fishing adventures you can imagine: thousands of people and thousands of temporary shelters scattered over the frozen surface of Lake Simcoe. Lake Simcoe is a shallow lake of some 287 square miles. A good weekend may see 6,000 anglers, each with perhaps four holes, fishing for perch, walleye, pike, trout, herring, whitefish, bass and even Muskie with the most popular catch being perch which is plentiful in our waters. Winter weekends see fishermen all over Lake Simcoe, making it one of the most diverse fishing lakes in Ontario. The fishing community adds another layer to the cultural tapestry of the Town of Georgina.
Another important event to note is the annual Perchin for MS (Fish for the Cure) Ice Fishing fundraiser which takes place each year at Sibbald Point Provincial Park. This popular event attracts expert and novice ice fishermen and proceeds go to a very worthwhile cause. For more information go to http://www.perchinforms.com