Historical Ice Thickness Data in Baitshop Bay
It's a page on the PIIFA website that goes largely unnoticed: The archive for ice thickness and ice conditions in Baitshop Bay throughout the years. Yes, we archive almost everything published on the website! The data page is linked up on one of our most popular pages: the ice conditions page. The page shows data collected and submitted by PIIFA members going back 15 years and the beginning of PIIFA.
Our 15-year data compilation shows the average yearly thickness in Baitshop Bay which generally ranges between 20 and 30 inches. Data also shows ice conditions and weather at the time.
Digging deeper into the data shows approximately when each ice fishing season began and how long it lasted, although no season is ever the same. The last few seasons have been very average beginning the first week in January although some say they ended prematurely.
Digging even deeper into the data, we also see some obvious anomalies. The winter of 2007 was slow to start, and the ice fishing season only began at the beginning of February, leaving us with just five week-ends on the ice. On the other end of the spectrum, the 2014 ice fishing began earlier than usual and went right up until March 15, the last day shacks can legally be on the ice.
If you are a geek, into stats, or just want to know the history of ice conditions at Petrie Island, go check it out!The Ice Conditons Archive
Preparing for the 2019 Ice Fishing Season
It's something we tell you every year but it's important: It's time to jack up your hut. It's a simple thing but will save you a lot of time when you want to move your hut on to the ice. If you are new to ice fishing, jacking up your hut is easy.
Start with a strong car jack. Place the jack under the ski at one corner of the hut. Jack the corner up enough to place a couple of twelve inch 2x4s under the ski. Continue doing this on all four corners of your hut. You will have to repeat the procedure until your hut is at least 6 inches off the ground. If you are uncomfortable doing this or need help, there are always people in and around the hut storage area who would be happy to help. Just ask!
Ice Hut Registration
All ice fishing huts at Petrie Island must be registered with the local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources office and the registration number must be clearly visible on your hut. Your registration numbers must be at least 6.3 cm (2.5 in.) in height and clearly displayed on the outside of the hut. Registration is necessary for any type of hut except for tents made of cloth or synthetic fabric that has a base area of two square metres (21.5 square feet) or less when erected. For the list of local offices where you can register your ice hut, go to The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.
When the ice is thick enough
When the ice in the Bay reaches a minimum of 30 centimetres, Oziles will start hauling huts out on the ice. Depending on the weather, this usually begins in late December or sometime in January.
The 2019 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
The 2019 Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association Derby is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 on Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island, Ontario.
This is an invitational event organized exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests and the hut renters of the Oziles’ Marina and Bait Shop. This event is coordinated with Ontario’s Family Fishing Week-end and Ontario Outdoors cards and fishing permits are not required to participate.
Registration for the derby is at the Beaudoin/Tessier hut. The Beaudoin/Tessier is parked on the south road of the bay and has a camo trailer parked close by.
Cost to pre-register for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Pre-registration begins Monday February 11, 2019 at noon and ends Friday, February 15, 2019 at midnight. Cost to register on the day of the event is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Registration closes when the event begins.Complete Details
Fishing in The Solitude of The Drop-off
Experience Ice Fishing at Petrie Island in a converted OC Transpo shelter!
Fishing might be fun in the ice fishing village but serious fisherman head out to the Baitshop Bay drop-off for the big ones. The drop-off is where Baitshop Bay descends quickly into the Ottawa River. While the water depth in the bay varies between 1 and 3 meters it drops off very quickly as it descends into the river reaching 8 meters or more in some places.
Although not a ledge, it's still a favourite place for a variety of large fish waiting for their next meal. All varieties of winter fish can be caught at the drop-off and we've seen some huge ones over the years.
Even if it's a warm and sunny day around the ice huts, it could be a different story at the drop-off with no protection from the wind. Our friend, Rick is now offering economical full-day or half-day fishing excursions from the protection of an old OC Transpo bus shelter at the drop-off. Imagine that, fishing in the solitude of the Baitshop Bay drop-off in the protection of a heated OC Transpo bus shelter. If you are new to fishing, a guide can also be arranged for an additional cost.
For a fun day of ice fishing in the comfort of the Old OC Transpo bus shelter contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-229-2788.Check Availability
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Ice Fishing at Petrie Island before PIIFA.
Back in the day of video cams, Ron Zinn records his first visit to Petrie Island in winter. Ice fishing at Petrie Island back then was unorganized where some people had huts and others just pulled up in their pick-up. The video was recorded in 2003, exactly one year before the formation of PIIFA.
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Getting Ready for The 2019 Season
Sylvain, Jason, Billy and Damien gather at Big Al’s and talk about the upcoming ice fishing season at Petrie Island.