Fish the canal - its rivers, lakes and locks

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Cast your line, feel a tug and reel in a catch as a heron watches with envy. Slow down, breathe fresh air and spend time with friends and family trying your hand at landing a roll call of sport fish on the Rideau Canal’s varied waterscapes. Go for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, delicious Walleye, Yellow Perch, Lake Trout and the mighty Muskellunge, the biggest local freshwater game fish holding the Ontario record of 27.92 kilograms (over 61 pounds)! Learn a local secret - that metre-long Muskies prowl the waters of Dow Lake, a mere 5 kilometres (3 miles) from downtown Ottawa! Get an Ontario fishing permit and outdoors card, check the rules about fishing seasons and casting near locks, stock up on bait and lures, and relax with a rod on a boat deck or shoreline. Then fire up the barbecue and sizzle your catch for dinner!

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