Rice Lake is one of Ontario's largest and most productive inland fisheries, part of the Trent Severn Waterway, Rice Lake is very shallow (max 27ft), and approximately 37 kilometers long (23 miles) and 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) across. It is an attractive tourist area and is recognized for its recreational and sport fisheries. More information can be found at fishing Rice Lake.

Tips for a good fishing experience

Be considerate, have fun and stay safe

 Be polite to your fishing neighbors and the environment by following these rules:

  • Respect other fishers beside you and don't crowd fishing areas
  • Don't litter 
  • Don't leave hooks unattended
  • Don't release live bait
  • Be careful when fishing near flowing water

Choose the right location

Don't trespass when choosing a place to fish. All fishing sites are on public land and it is your responsibility to make sure you are not on private property.

Get licenced

With the exception of Family Fishing Weeks, you need a licence to fish in Ontario. Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's website for information on how and where to get a licence.

Know what you can and can't eat

You can't always eat what you catch. Check the guide for Eating Ontario Fish or call 1-800-820-2716 to order a copy.

Learn about the rules and regulations

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry identifies fishing rules, size limits and size restrictions. Visit their website for more information.

License-free family fishing

Four times a year Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing licence.

Ice Fishing

Rice Lake ice fishing is a popular winter past time enjoyed by all ages check it out at Northumberland Tourism Fishing


The Township of Hamilton is surrounded by prime hunting land and waterways visit Northumberland Tourism Hunting today.