Petawawa has two great rivers, the Petawawa and Ottawa Rivers, which hold numerous species of game fish.
Species include walleye (known by locals as pickerel), sauger, northern pike, muskellunge, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch, channel catfish, brown bullhead, long nose gar, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie, common carp, red horse sucker, common ling, mooneye, lake sturgeon, and fresh water drum.
Kayak Fishing contiunues to grow in popularity as we see more and more kayaks out on the lakes and rivers. It allows access to spots you could never reach by boat or getting back in touch with nature in an active way. If you want to give Kayak Fishing a try, rent a kayak from Petawawa Point Beach. If you are ready to take the next step....make sure to check out the Upper Ottawa Kayak Fishing Derby as a part of the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival.
Other Locations to Fish
Lemke Lake, located at Doran Road and Highway 17 is a favorite for families. The Ministry of Natural Resources annually stocks speckled trout in Lemke Lake as a put-and-take lake. It is easily accessible and there is plenty of parking available. Algonquin Park has over 1,500 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of streams with 54 different recorded species of fish. In addition, Algonquin Park is home to some of the finest Brook Trout and Lake Trout fishing in the world! Anglers typically target walleye as the number one fish for table fare, musky and pike for their fighting abilities and bass for tournament anglers.
Most species can be securely caught and landed using medium weight rods in the 6’6 range with line strength at 8-10 pounds. If anglers are looking to catch and release, make sure to use a net to return fish unharmed.
Abundant municipal and provincial lands are available and accessible for bank fishing throughout Petawawa. Ensure proper footwear is worn as river banks can pose common dangers and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Don’t forget your appropriate fishing license and pick up a copy of the Ontario provincial regulations on fishing as many species mentioned above have season and slot limits.
Launching Your Boat, Canoe & Kayak
Launch your canoe or kayak from one of many locations in Petawawa, ensuring you don’t go home with the story of the one that got away!
Petawawa Point – Boat & Canoe or Kayak
N 45.54.583 W 077.15.046
N 45.52.082 W 077.12.147
Lemke Lake – Canoe & Kayak only
N 45.50.057 W 077.14.930
Jubilee Lodge & Marina – Boat, Canoe & Kayak
N 45.55.236 W 077.16.236
There are plenty of places to throw a line in the water from the shoreline.
Petawawa River – Tall Pines Rd
N 45.54.404 W 077.15.481
Petawawa/Ottawa River – Islandview Drive
N 45.54.580 W 077.15.041
Petawawa River – Centennial Park
N 45.54.187 W 077.16.696
SAFETY – When boating always make sure to wear your PFD and have all safety equipment with you at all times. Use caution and abide by all boating regulations. Don’t Drink and Boat!