Manitoulin Island on the shores of Kagawong Lake Ontario.

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Manitoulin Island Fishing

Anglers come from all over Canada and the US for the fishing prospects on Manitoulin Island. Friendly people and the great “Manitoulin hospitality” that we are renowned for will greet you. With over a hundred lakes and rivers on our doorstep, you will enjoy the solitude you expect from a fishing vacation. Our natural waters are teeming with pickerel, northern pike, rainbow trout, lake trout, small mouth bass, rock bass, perch, whitefish and sturgeon.

Manitoulin Island itself has 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn several of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds.

Tips For Fishing the lakes on Manitoulin Island

Fishing fun for all ages is up for grabs at Dawson Resort on Kagawong Lake.

Fishing on Kagawong Lake is known to be a fishing paradise with a variety of fresh water fish the major fish species include smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike and a small population of walleye. We also provide a fish cleaning station for your convenience and freezing services so that you can bring the big one home or have it mounted in memory of your Manitoulin vacation experience. Other fish occasionally caught on Lake Kagawong are rock bass, pumpkinseed, and catfish.

Manitoulin Island has an abundance of fishing locations which are ideal throughout the Island. If fishing off a dock or the shoreline is not to your liking, there are several charters specializing in down rigging for salmon and deep freshwater fish around the lakes. The most popular fishing spots are located in Lake Manitou, Lake Kagawong, and on the shores of Georgian Bay.


Lake Kagawong Smallmouth Bass Derby

Manitoulin Island is the world's largest freshwater lake island. With an area of 2,766 km² (1,068 square miles), it is the 174th largest island in the world, and Canada's 31st largest island. Part of Ontario, Canada, the island separates the larger part of Lake Huron to its south and west from Georgian Bay to its east and the North Channel to the north. Manitoulin Island itself has 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn a few of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds. Lake Manitou (about 104 km²) is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world. The island in Mindemoya Lake is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake in the world. Manitoulin Island has three rivers, the Kagawong, Manitou, and Mindemoya Rivers, which provide spawning grounds for Atlantic Salmon and trout.

Manitoulin Island, fishing in the heart of Ontario’s Rainbow Country Canada Fishing Manitoulin Island in Ontario. All of the information you need to start fishing - some of the best fresh water fishing anywhere in the world! From salmon, northern pike, to walleye, smallmouth bass and speckled trout - in lakes, rivers, or streams on Manitoulin Island in Ontario

Starlight Children's Foundation Canada

Starlight Children's Foundation Canada A non-profit organization that brings smiles, laughter and joy back to children living with serious illness or life-altering injury through distractive in-hospital entertainment programs and out-of-hospital fun family events.Starlight Children's Foundation Canada. A small mouth bass fishing tournament, which began in memory of Steven Shank Vincent – a local teen who loved to fish, but passed away in 1988 after a battle with cancer. The tournament began the following year, the proceeds of which have been presented to Starlight for almost 20 years. All fish caught are weighed and released. Fishing continues until 8:00pm, Saturday night. On Sunday, August 10, all the fishermen and the community come together for a fish fry, live music and presentation of the awards from the derby.

August 23, 2017 SPRING BAY - August 12 saw the 28th annual running of the very popular Lake Kagawong Bass Derby which has been organized by Spring Bay Fish Club President Linda Taylor and her husband Bill for over 20 years. The tournament was originally started by Herbie Colette, Bud Weadick and Lewis Hartley in memory of Steven Shank Vincent who liked nothing better than being in a boat, fishing rod in hand.

August 17, 2016 SPRING BAY - Sixty-one teams entered the Spring Bay 27th Annual Smallmouth Bass Derby this year despite the wet and windy weather. This is about the same number that entered last year and, by all accounts, the fish were biting hard. The derby is in memory of Steven Shank Vincent and was started by Herbie Colette, Bud Weadick, and Lewis Hartley.

August 08, 2015 PROVIDENCE BAY - The 26th annual Lake Kagawong Smallmouth Bass Derby took place August 8 with the awards and fish dinner held at the Providence Bay Hall the next day. Fifty-two teams participated in the derby that Linda Taylor of Spring Bay, the president of the Spring Bay Fish Club, has organized for the last 20 years. The derby was started by Herbie Colette, Bud Weadick and Lewis Hartley in memory of Steven Shank Vincent who liked nothing better than to go fishing. All proceeds from the event go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation for the Manitoulin Island area. This charitable organization works with children who are seriously ill. Ms. Taylor and her daughter, Diana St. Pierre of Espanola, are the go-to wish granters for the organization for the Island.

August 10, 2014 SPRING BAY - The 25th anniversary of the Lake Kagawong Smallmouth Bass Derby was celebrated in grand style on August 10 as event entrants and friends gathered at the property of Lewis Hartley and John Laurenssen to listen to music by The Islanders, salute the winners of the competition and enjoy a great fish dinner. Sixty-three boats participated in the August 9 one-day tournament which started at 6 am and ran until 8 pm with a total of six fish recorded for each boat. This occasion was started by Herbie Colette, Bud Weadick and Lewis Hartley in memory of Steven Shank Vincent, an avid fisherman. A special award was given to Mr. Weadick at the celebration as a thank you for his work in initiating and helping to run the derby in the early years.

Georgian Bay fish species include Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Walleye, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Splake, Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Whitefish, Sturgeon and Channel Catfish.


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Manitoulin Island Ontario

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Spring Bay, Ontario
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