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Fishing Open Seasons

Fishing open seasons can bring a tear of joy to any angler’s eye. Finally – a time free of confusing restrictions and amendments. The open water is calling and bounties of fish are yours for the taking, right?

Well, actually, not really.

About that term ‘open season’ – it’s actually a little misleading. Fishing open seasons, while more lax than most of the year, they still aren’t really ‘open’. There are still rules, regulations and stipulations that apply; they are simply less stringent than the rest of the year when fishing for certain species may be off-limits altogether. For example, anglers must still adhere to their licence and tag restrictions regardless of whether a species is open. Even during fishing open seasons, conservation anglers have to stick to their conservation limits and sport anglers need to stay within those restrictions – and ALL anglers must adhere to aggregate stipulations. Click here for Ontario’s fishing regulations.

What are aggregate stipulations?

Aggregate limits apply to certain species, meaning that there is a provincial possession limit that caps the total number of fish of a certain species that an angler can have in their possession – including in storage – from more than one zone. We have specified these limits as they apply to our fishing open seasons.

 

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Fishing Open Seasons for Zone 18

We’re often asked about the fishing open seasons and restricted seasons at Loughborough Lake, so we want to take this opportunity to give you the lay of the land (i.e. way of the waters) for this year. For the most part, regulations in and around Loughborough Lake stay fairly consistent from year to year. This said, it’s imperative that you check in with the Ministry of Natural Resources’ (MNR) Fishing Guide every single year to see what fishing open seasons and regulated seasons may have changed in your zone.

Loughborough Lake is the 18th of Canada’s 20 regulated fishing zones. Zone 18 spans the Brighton area east to the Hawskbury/Rockland/Ottawa River area. It extends as far North as Pembroke.

Loughborough Lake is most famous for its abundance of small and largemouth bass, lake trout and Northern Pike. You can also find perch, crappie, white fish and a variety of popular pan fish including sunfish and rock bass.

Here are your fishing open season times and limits for Loughborough Lake. Please keep in mind that these regulations apply ONLY to Loughborough Lake and are not necessarily universal across all of Zone 18. Check out the MNR Fishing Resource Guide for a comprehensive rundown of all the guidelines for the entire Zone 18 area.

Large and Smallmouth Bass (or any combination thereof)

Open Season: 3rd Saturday in June to December 15th
Sport Limit: 6
Conservaton Limit: 2

Northern Pike

Open Season: January 1st to March 31st & 2nd Saturday in May to December 31st
Sport Limit: 6
Conservaton Limit: 2

Yellow Perch

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 50
Conservaton Limit: 25

Crappie

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 30
Conservaton Limit: 10

Sunfish

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 300 – only 30 may be greater than 18 cm (7.1 in.)
Conservaton Limit: 15

Lake Trout

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 2
Conservaton Limit: 1
Aggregate Limit: 3

Lake Whitefish

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 12
Conservaton Limit: 6

Lake Sturgeon

Closed all year

Channel Catfish

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 12
Conservaton Limit: 6

Walleye and Sauger (or any combination thereof)

Open Season: January 1st to March 1st & 2nd Saturday in May to December 31st
Sport Limit: 4 – must be between 40-50 cm – (15.7– 19.7 in)
Conservaton Limit: 2 – must be between 40-50 cm – (15.7– 19.7 in)

Muskellunge

Open Season: 1st Saturday in June to December 15th
Sport Limit: 1 – must be greater than 91 cm (36 in.)
Conservaton Limit: 0

Brook Trout

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 5
Conservaton Limit: 2
Aggregate Limit: 5

Brown Trout

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 5
Conservaton Limit: 2
Aggregate Limit: 5

Rainbow Trout

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 5
Conservaton Limit: 2
Aggregate Limit: 5

Splake

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 5
Conservaton Limit: 2
Aggregate Limit: 5

Pacific Salmon

Open Season: All year
Sport Limit: 5
Conservaton Limit: 2
Aggregate Limit: 5

Atlantic Salmon

Closed all year

Of course, not all these species can be found in Loughborough Lake, but we wanted to give you a full picture of the fishing open seasons across Zone 18 regardless. Have any other questions about fishing and/or fishing open seasons at Loughborough Lake? Feel free to contact us!

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