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Gowganda Lake & Area Fishing Regulations

Auld Reekie Lodge is located in Ontario Fishing Zone 10.

Three main concepts must also be understood and observed. Possession Limits, Size Limits and Packaging Requirements.

Possession limits includes all the fish that you have in your possession including the fish you have consumed on this day. Size limits refer to 'Slot Sizes'. One may be limited to the number of fish in your possession over a certain size and one must return larger fish over the size limit and possession limit to the water as they are the most prolific breeders.

Packaging / Transporting Wild Gamefish: You must leave an identifying piece of skin on filets. If stopped by a MNR officer, who have police powers, they expect to be able to identify the packaged fish species by the remaining square of skin still attached. You should study these and other fishing regulations as part of your fishing trip planning preparations.

  • MNR's Ontario Fishing Regulations Page (off site)
  • View Zone 8 Regulations (.pdf)
  • View Zone 10 Regulations (.pdf)
  • MNR's Ontario Outdoor Card Page (off site)
  • Printable Version of this page in (MS Word .doc) or (Adobe .pdf)
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    Walleye Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season Summer: 3rd Saturday in May to Dec. 31
  • Open Season Winter: (Jan 1 to March 31 for zone 10) (Jan 1 to April 14 for Zone 8)
  • Limit - Sport License: 4 in your possession
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession
  • Size Restrictions: Only one greater than 18.1 inches (please release)

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    Northern Pike Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: Open all year
  • Limit - Sport License: 6 in your possession
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession
  • Size Restrictions Sport License: Only 2 greater than 24 inches but only one greater than 33.9 inches (please release)
  • Size Restrictions Conservation License: Only 1 greater than 24 inches and zero greater than 33.9 inches

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    Smallmouth Bass Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: 4th Saturday in June to November 30.
  • Limit - Sport License: 6
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2
  • Size Restrictions: non

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    Yellow Perch Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: Open all year
  • Limit - Sport License: 50
  • Limit - Conservation License: 25
  • Size Restrictions: non

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    Lake Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & 8
  • Open Season: Jan 1 to Labour Day for Zone 10
  • Open Season: (Feb 15 to March 15) & (3rd Saturday in May to Sept 30 for Zone 8
  • Limit - Sport License: 2 in your possession for zone 10
  • Limit - Sport License: 3 in your possession for zone 8
  • Limit - Conservation License: 1 in your possession
  • Size Restrictions - Sport License: Only 1 over 15.7 inches for zone 10
  • Size Restrictions - Sport License: Any size for Zone 8
  • Size Restrictions - Conservation: Any size for Zone 10 & Zone 8

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    Whitefish Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: All Year
  • Limit - Sport License: 12 in your possession for Zone 10
  • Limit - Sport License: 25 in your possession for Zone 8
  • Limit - Conservation License: 6 in your possession Zone 10
  • Limit - Conservation License: 12 in your possession for Zone 8
  • Size Restrictions: No size limit

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    Splake Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & 8
  • Open Season: January 1 to September 30 for Zone 10
  • Open Season: Open all year for zone 8
  • Limit - Sport License: 5 in your possession
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession
  • Size Restrictions: No size limit

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    Brook Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & 8
  • Open Season: January 1 to September 30 for Zone 10
  • Open Season: January 1 to September 15 for Zone 8
  • Limit - Sport License: 5 in your possession
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession
  • Size Restrictions: No size limit

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    Rainbow Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: Open all year
  • Limit - Sport License: 2 in your possession for Zone 10
  • Limit - Sport License: 5 in your possession for Zone 8
  • Limit - Conservation License: 1 in your possession for Zone 10
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession for Zone 8
  • Size Restrictions: No size limit

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    Aurora Trout Fishing Regulations - The Holy Grail of Trout

  • Ontario Location: Anywhere in Ontario
  • Open Season: August 1 to October 15 (2014 & 2017 on Lake #21)
  • Limit - Sport License: 1 in your possession - only 1 catch per day
  • Limit - Conservation License: Not allowed to target Aurora Trout

    Special Status: NO MULTI-CATCH & RELEASE - Only open for angling for 2.5 months every 3 years. The use of live bait is prohibited on Aurora Trout lakes. The use of motors is prohibited on Aurora Trout lakes.

    The catch and possession limit is one (1) fish for holders of a sport fishing license and you can only catch one (1) per day. The catch and possession limit is zero (0) fish for holders of a conservation license. You cannot fish on an Aurora Trout lake at all with a conservation license.

    There has been some confusion about NO MULTI-CATCH & RELEASE. There are additional regulations pertaining to Aurora Trout under the Endangered Species Act that are not in the general regulations. You are allowed to catch one (1) Aurora Trout per day. You can keep it or let it go but that's it. No more fishing for the rest of the day on that lake. If you do keep the trout, you must eat it to be able to fish the next day. If you give the trout to friends, you cannot fish on that lake until they eat the trout because legally it's still the trout that you caught.

    If you want more detailed information about Aurora Trout and an explanation of the no-multi-catch-&-release laws click here



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