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Fishing Guide & Regulations

Fishing Guide & Regulations

Fishing Guides & Shore Lunch

A fishing guide is not only the person to help assist you with fishing techniques and putting you on the fish, he is also the one who will chauffer the boat for you so that you can enjoy the full experience of your fishing trip. He can be your own personal chef on shore creating a fresh delicious fish fry or fresh Walleye. At the end of the day, he will take care of putting away the equipment and filleting your catch for you.

There are so many benefits to booking a guide during your stay here at Auld Reekie Lodge. Guides are available for one day, two days and up to seven days at a time. With limited guides available, we suggest booking your guide at time of reservation.

The greatest benefit of hiring a professional fishing guide for a day or even for the whole week is their knowledge. If this is your first time being a guest at our lodge then getting to know the lake quickly will get you on the fish quickly. Having someone who has expert knowledge of Gowganda Lake and all the local backcountry trophy lakes showing you the ropes will maximize your success. Even if it’s just for your first or second day; having someone give you detailed lake orientation is a great benefit.

Fishing Guide Daily Rate:

Basic $215 (no shore lunch)

Full $ 280 (with shore lunch)

Note: 4 person per guide/day, if there is a shuttle, it is half the regular shuttle rate when booking a guide

Gowganda Lake & Area Fishing Regulations

Gowganda Lake & Area Fishing Regulations

Auld Reekie Lodge is located in Ontario Fishing Zone 10, but we also have boat caches on lakes in Zone 10 & 8.

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)
There are so many benefits to booking a guide during your stay here at Auld Reekie Lodge. Guides are available for one day, two days and up to seven days at a time. With limited guides available, we suggest booking your guide at time of reservation.

The greatest benefit of hiring a professional fishing guide for a day or even for the whole week is their knowledge. If this is your first time being a guest at our lodge then getting to know the lake quickly will get you on the fish quickly. Having someone who has expert knowledge of Gowganda Lake and all the local backcountry trophy lakes showing you the ropes will maximize your success. Even if it’s just for your first or second day; having someone give you detailed lake orientation is a great benefit.

Walleye Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season Summer: 3rd Saturday in May to Dec. 3
  • 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)

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

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

Yellow Perch Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: Open all year
  • Limit – Sport License: 5
  • Limit – Conservation License: 2
  • Size Restrictions: non

Lake Trout Fishing Regulations

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

Whitefish Fishing Regulations

  • Ontario Location: Zone 10 & Zone 8
  • Open Season: All Year
  • Limit – Sport License: 12 in your possession for Zone 1
  • Limit – Sport License: 25 in your possession for Zone
  • Limit – Conservation License: 6 in your possession Zone 1
  • Limit – Conservation License: 12 in your possession for Zone
  • Size Restrictions: No size limit

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

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 the button below.