The sun inches over the horizon. Mist dances over the shimmering surface of a tree-lined lake. Silence is shattered as the water erupts at the end of a taut line. Another fishing day has begun in the Ottawa Valley.

Embracing the Ottawa, Madawaska and Bonnechere Valleys, the Ottawa Valley covers and area of over 3,000 square miles between the mighty Ottawa River and the wilderness of Algonquin Park. The Valley boasts 158,000 acres of water (that's over 900 lakes and rivers for those who are counting) filled with more than 20 species of fish. And to make it even more enticing, this fishing paradise is located within a day's drive of major centres in Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States.

If your taste compels you to search out the explosive bass, succulent walleye, or seek a showdown, which only the northern pike and muskellunge can provide, the Ottawa Valley gives anglers the chance to net a trophy fish. Whether casting from shore, trolling from an open boat, jigging on the open ice, or sharing an ice-fishing experience with a friend, fishing in the Valley will bring you back year after year to enjoy its uncrowded waters, any season you choose.

Where are they?

Find them with the Fish ON-Line Tool!

The Ministry of Natural Resources has launched a new interactive mapping tool that provides a wide range of information sure to appeal to anglers of all abilities.

Fish ON-Line is a Google map-based interface that can be used to search for fishing opportunities by fish species, water body, stocked water body or GPS coordinates. There is also a list of more than 25 popular fishing water bodies, which is perfect for the novice angler to investigate. Anglers can also get directions from anywhere in North America to the lake of their choice using Google map technology which is built into the tool.




How do I get there

Wondering how to access a lake or looking for a spot to launch your boat? Refer to our access points map for boat launch locations in Renfrew County.

Invasive Species: Watch Out for Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussels (Dreissena Bugensis) are an invasive species that have been found infecting the waterways of Renfrew County within the past 3 years. They were brought overseas in ship ballasts from Asia and were first found in the Great Lakes. Since then they have been traveling in their veliger form by water currents and recreational vehicles.

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association