Eager ice anglers in the Orangeville area can stop organizing and reorganizing their tackle because Island Lake is now open for ice fishing!
According to Credit Valley Conservation’s website, the lake opened to ice fishing today, January 15th, with 7 inches of black ice and no white ice on the lake. You can’t ask for nicer ice. However, the shoreline is a little slushy so no ice hut rentals are available yet.
This is great news for anglers that have been waiting for Ontario’s unseasonably warm winter to catch-up, cool down, and give us some ice. Now it’s time to drill holes, drop lines, and wait for the tug. Island Lake is a great place to pull pike and perch through the ice. Schools of black crappie and sunfish can also be found, but anglers with an underwater camera may have more fun just watching them swim around.
Island Lake is a great place for ice fishing since the walk from the parking lot is fairly short, the ice conditions are monitored by the park (but don’t forget that ice is never 100% safe), rods can be rented, the park sells minnows, and when the conditions allow, ice hut rentals are available. There’s also a month long ice fishing derby in February with great prizes.
Before heading to the lake, it’s a good idea to check for updates on ice conditions at www.creditvalleyca.ca.
Get out there and have some fun!