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Ottawa Fishing Guide is a resource intended to help connect anglers from the Ottawa area and Ottawa River surroundings connect, locate, plan and navigate their fishing adventures. If you are not from the Ottawa area, you are in the right place. We have all the information and contacts you will need to plan your fishing trip in or on the Ottawa.

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Tips for catching winter Sauger

Sauger are one of the most popular game fish for a number of reasons. Sauger put up a good fight, are delicious to eat and are widely available in many areas. In addition, sauger are one of the few fish that are very active during the cold days of winter. For this reason, many anglers concentrate on sauger fishing for the simple reason that there are often few other choices. No matter why an angler chooses to go sauger fishing in the winter, there are a number of things that can be done to improve his or her catch.

Get Organized 

Whether an angler will be fishing from a pier or a boat, getting organized before heading out to water is important for winter fishing. Having an organized tackle box will make it easier for an angler to get the hooks, lures or other tackle that is needed without having to spend any more time than is necessary digging through the box without gloves on. Whenever possible, poles should be rigged and ready to go when arriving at the water. Anglers should also remember to pack fisherman's pliers and to keep them close at hand for removing hooks and lures from the toothy mouth of a sauger.


Fishing Finicky Walleyes

A primer story and tip for the warmer months ahead submitted by a OFG member.

Summer walleye, this is the time for the most popular game fish in Canada. Tens of thousands of anglers consider this their favorite fish to catch for sport and mostly for the fact that it is one of the greatest fish to eat.

This tip comes from experience while fishing walleye in Northern Ontario, on Manitoulin Island, in went out early in the morning hoping to pick up a few walleye early.

I headed for a shoal that I fish frequently; it is about 20 to 25 feet of water, and drops off to about 70 feet deep. After about and hour or so, I had 2 small walleyes to show for my effort. Guessing that the cool front that moved through over night had affected the fish, I started to fish the drop off and along the length of the shoal, and still no fish. With the help of technology (fish finder, sonar) I found that there were groups of fish suspended at 20 to 25 feed in 75 feet of water. I finally surmised that the fish holding at this level would be very hard to get to, and when suspended like this they are usually not in a feeding mood.


Is it safe to eat fish out of the Ottawa River

The famous question I always get asked when talking to someone and mentioning I was fishing the Ottawa River is, do you eat the fish? Is it safe to eat the fish out of the Ottawa River? I grew up on the Ottawa River in the small town of Constance Bay and needless to say I spent many days swimming, fishing and boating on the Ottawa River. I wouldn’t say I ate a tonne of fish that I caught, but of course I ate some of my catches and never had any issues.

Now, I’m no expert on the matter either, so keep that in mind while reading the this. I’m just giving an opinion and will link to some data of people who know much more on the subject.


I often hear people refer to the Ottawa River as very “dirty”. That being followed by “I wouldn’t eat anything from there.” and that’s fine, because no one is going to make you. When a person makes a statement like that it seems to stick in other peoples minds and sometimes get’s perpetuated more than it should. Obviously if you catch a fish that has some unusual growth, do not keep it to eat, If you catch a fish that has legions or mutations, do not keep it to eat it. Although a close friend of mine has sent pictures to the MNR of fish with very noticeable black spots all over them and got the reply they were still safe for consumption.



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