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Fish Williams Lake & Lac Seul

Fishing Williams Lake & Lac Seul
The fishing is good to excellent with both quantity and quality being the rule. It is very common for some of our more experienced fishermen to release several limits during their stay. As you can see in the pictures, we have our fair share of trophies.

Outstanding Size
Trophy northern 18 to 25 pounds are taken each season with the odd 30 pounder showing up. (I believe if a 40 pound northern is taken in the next few years, it will come from this area) Walleye 8 to 12 pounds in the south central part of Lac Seul are more common than 6 to 8 pounders in most lakes in this area. But don’t take our word for it. Check out these web sites to learn just how incredible this fishery is.

Outdoor Canada Online "Where the Big Ones Are" by Gord Pyzer, In Fisherman

"Walleye Trips to Lac Seul" by Michael Bilsbarrow, Patricia Region Tourist Council

The main forage foods are Cisco, Smelt, Whitefish, and Perch.

Click on the links to see some more great fishing & hunting photos: Fishing, Bear.

Fishing Regulations

2017 non-resident license fees and descriptions:

  • Outdoors Card: $11.94 Not included in the package price. It is required to purchase a license
  • Eight Day Conservation Fishing License: $32.79 This license is included in the package price for each adult. A license is not included for 1/2 price children, so it will cost $32.79 if requested for them. Children less than 18 years old do not need a license if fishing with a licensed adult. However you may purchase a license for them if they wish to keep fish.
  • Eight Day Sport Fishing License: $55.80 This license is not included in the package price. You must pay the full amount, if this license is requested; not the difference between the Conservation License and the Sport License.
  • Full Year Conservation Fishing License: $53.91 If you request this license, we will charge you the difference between the Eight Day conservation License and the Full Year Conservation License. That amount is $21.12.
  • Full Year Sport Fishing License: $85.53 This license is not included in the package price. You must pay the full amount, if this license is requested.
  • The above fees include a service fee of $2.26 that the Ministry of Natural Resources collects on every transaction.
Williams Lake Lodge seasons, bag limits, and size limits:
  • Walleye and Sauger or any combination: Season opens 3rd. Saturday in May.  None over 18" may be kept. With a Sport license, 4 under 18" may be kept. With a Conservation license, 2 under 18" may be kept.
  • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass or any combination: Season open all year. From January 1 thru June 30, with a Sport license, 2 may be kept (must be under 13.5"). With a Conservation license, 1 may be kept (must be under 13.5"). From July 1 through November 30, with a Sport license, 4 may be kept with no size limit. With a Conservation license, 2 may be kept with no size limit.
  • Northern Pike: Season open all year. None over 27.5" may be kept. With a Sport license, 4 under 27.5" may be kept. With a Conservation license, 2 under 27.5" may be kept.
  • Muskellunge: Season opens 3rd. Saturday in June. None may be kept with either license.
  • Yellow Perch: Season open all year. With a Sport license, 50 may be kept. With a Conservation license, 25 may be kept.
  • Lake Whitefish: Season open all year. With a Sport license, 12 may be kept. With a Conservation license, 6 may be kept.
You must pinch the tail closed when measuring fish. No live fish are allowed in the boat. Fish that are to be kept must be killed immediately. Put them on ice in a cooler. You are not allowed to have filleted fish in the boat. Your limit includes fish in the freezer at camp, fish in your possession, plus the fish eaten at shore lunch. Please read Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Fishing Regulations for more regulations. Williams Lake and Lac Seul are both in Zone 4.

How To Get Your Fishing License

An 8 day Conservation license is included in the package price. Others can be purchased at camp or you can purchase them online here:

Buy Fishing License Online

If you already have a Conservation license (full year or eight day) when you get to Williams Lake Lodge, we will credit
$29.97 to your account . We do not give any credit if you already have a Sport license.

If you are going to get your license from us, please fill out and submit the following form for each person wanting a license. Submit the form at least a week before your arrival date and we will have your license ready for you when you get here. Study the above license fees and descriptions, and the seasons, bag limits, and size limits carefully before choosing the type of license that you want. We cannot change the type of license once it is made out.  You will find a fill in form to complete and submit to Williams Lake Lodge here:

Fishing License Information Form

Conservation
As sportsmen and conservationists, we are interested in preserving our wildlife and fishing for our children and our children's children. We ask that you enjoy your stay with us for what it really is - a peaceful retreat from the busy routine. Catch tons of fish, but release all but what you really need to eat.

Williams Lake Lodge camp policy We fully support the MNR's size regulatons and are taking them a step further. All walleyes over 18" and all northerns over 27.5" must be released. C.P.R (Catch, Photo, and Release) is the key to maintaining our fabulous fishery. Keep some small ones to eat (they are the best tasting) and let the rest continue to grow. If you want one for the wall, a replica will last longer and you have the satisfaction of knowing that your trophy still swims. A conservation fishing license will be included in the package price.

To further encourage the release of  trophy fish, Williams Lake Lodge will award a free housekeeping trip (boat gas not included) to the anglers who release the largest walleye and the largest northern pike of  the season. We need pictures and the length of the fish. Do not weigh the fish.

Tips for successful Catch and Release:
  • Always wet your hands before touching a fish you want to release. This reduuces the amount of protective slime you will rub off the fish.
  • Do not grab a fish by the eyes.
  • Avoid touching the gills.
  • When using a net (neoprene mesh is best) remove the fish as soon as possible so as not to rub off the protective slime.
  • Time is essential. Quickly play and release the fish. A fish played for too long will be too exhausted to recover.
  • Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Remove the hook as quickly as possible. Single barbless hooks can often be removed while the fish is still in the water.
  • To revive an unconscious fish hold it upright in the water. This may take a few minutes. Do not move the fish backwards through the water. When it begins to struggle, release it.

Boats
Our 17' or 18' boats with pedestal seats and fish locators are a dream to fish from. 40 or 50 hp., 4-stroke, electric start motors. See them on the Boats & Motors page.


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