Fishing Destination: Lake Nipigon - Zone 6

Locator Map for FMZ 6

LAKE NIPIGON FACTS

 

  • Area: 484 800 hectares (1,197,966 acres) Maximum depth: 165 metres (541 feet)
  • Lake Nipigon is the largest lake contained completely within the province of Ontario.
  • Nipigon is renowned for trophy size brook trout. This unique fishery draws anglers from around the world.

 

PRIMARY FISHERIES

 

 

 

Lake Nipigon Fishing Regulations
Species Open Seasons Limits
"S" indicates Sport Fishing Licence limits;
"C" indicates Conservation Fishing Licence limits
NOTE: These regulations apply to Lake Nipigon only.
Source: 2011 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary
Walleye & Sauger or any combination Jan. 1 to Apr. 14 & June 10 to Dec. 31 S – 4; C – 2; not more than 1 greater than 46 cm (18.1 in.)
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass or any combination Open all year S – 4; C – 2
Northern Pike Jan. 1 to Apr. 14 & 3rd Sat. in May to Dec. 31 S – 4; C – 2; none between 70-90 cm (27.6 - 35.4 in.), and not more than 1 greater than 90 cm (35.4 in.)
Yellow Perch Open all year S – 50; C – 25
Brook Trout * 4th Sat. in Apr. to Sept. 15 S – 1; C – 0; must be greater than 56 cm (22 in.)
Brown Trout * Open all year S – 5; C – 2
Lake Trout * Mar. 1 to Sept. 30 S – 2; C – 1; not more than 1 greater than 70 cm (27.6 in.)
Lake Whitefish Open all year S – 12; C – 6
Lake Sturgeon Closed all year  
  • Only artificial lures may be used when angling through the ice
  • Only barbless hooks may be used
  • No person shall use stringers, impounding devices or live holding boxes
  • A person may hold fish, other than brook trout or lake trout, in a livewell
  • No possession of live brook trout or lake trout
  • Non-residents camping on Crown land must follow conservation fishing licence limits

 

* Aggregate limits apply to these species

WATERBODY EXCEPTION DETAILS
Lake Nipigon – Ombabika Bay (50 O 15’N., 88 O 15’W.) and Wabinosh Bay (50 O 02’N., 88 O 50’W.) and the tributaries of the bays up to the first barrier including the Little Jackfish River downstream from the centre line of the CN railway bridge and Wabinosh River downstream of Wabinosh Lake. Walleye and Sauger S - 2 and C – 2, not more than 1 greater than 46 cm (18.1 in.).
Lake Nipigon (West Bay) the waters lying north and west of the north tip of Boles Island. Fish sanctuary - closed all year.

Lake Nipigon and all tributaries downstream from the first falls, rapids, dams, or lakes identified on a Provincial Series Map or the entire stream if there are no falls, rapids, dams, or lakes identified on a Provincial Series Map or if the tributary does not appear on a Provincial Series Map; also including: 

1. Waters on the islands of Lake Nipigon, including Forgan Lake, Bonner Lake, Little Bonner Lake and Jackpot Lake (Madeline Lake). 

2. Gull River, downstream from the Hwy 527 bridge. 


3. Kabitotikwia River, downstream from the Hwy. 527 bridge. 
 

4. Poshkokagan River, downstream from and including the rapids (49O25’39”N., 89O05’12”W.) located 13 km (8.1 mi.) upstream from the Black Sturgeon Road bridge. 

5. Wabinosh River downstream from Wabinosh Lake. 
 

6. Little Jackfish River, downstream from the centre line of the CN railway bridge.

Walleye and sauger open from Jan. 1 to Apr. 14 & June 10 to Dec. 31. 
 

Northern pike open from Jan. 1 - Apr. 14 & 3rd Sat. in May - Dec. 31. Northern Pike S - 4 and C - 2, none between 70-90 cm (27.6 in. - 35.4 in.) and not more than 1 greater than 90 cm (35.4 in.) 


Brook trout open from 4th sat. in Apr. - Sept. 15. Brook trout S-1 and C-0, must be greater than 56 cm (22 in.). Brook trout S-1 and C-0, must be greater than 56 cm (22 in.). 

Lake trout open from Mar. 1 - Sept. 30. Lake trout – not more than 1 greater than 70 cm (27.6 in.).

 

 

Map showing Lake Nipigon in relation to the towns of Beardmore, Nipigon and Armstrong

 

 

 

 

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