The Ottawa River Mudpuppy

A recent post on our Facebook page got our attention. The post pointed out that Ottawa River Mudpuppies are gentle and not poisonous.

If you are a regular fisherman at Petrie Island or anywhere on the Ottawa River, you have probably caught one of these. To the inexperienced fishermen expecting to pull in a nice walleye or crappie and come up with one of these, it can be a real surprise. The first thought is usually, WFT is that!

Ottawa River Mudpuppy

The common mudpuppy is the one of the largest salamanders found in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams throughout the eastern half of North America. They have flat heads, wide tails, stubby legs, and feet with four distinct toes. Their bodies are gray or brownish-gray with blue-black spots.

Anglers occasionally catch mudpuppies in the winter because baited hooks are down near the bottom in the mudpuppy’s domain.

Mudpuppies are common in the Ottawa River. They are not an invasive species nor are they a threatened species. Like the Facebook article says, they are gentle animals and not poisonous, so consider it a treat to catch one. Get a photo with your catch and return it to the water like any other live release fish.

Great Pics from the Current Season

We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2017 Anglers Gallery. How was your week-end? These people had a great time. We wanna see your photos!!! Send us your best pics using the email link at the bottom of the page.

Eve catches a nice pike at Petrie Island.
Sylvian Perrier: Live release pike.

See all the photos from the current season in our Anglers Gallery >>>

The 2017 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby

The 2017 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby

The 2017 edition of the PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, February 18 in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island. This is always a fun event and this year, it will be held on Ontario's Family Fishing Week-end. The week-end is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.

As with all PIIFA derbies, this is an invitational event. It is exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests, and people renting huts from Oziles in Baitshop Bay.

Contestants can compete for prizes in 3 categories: the largest legal fish; the largest panfish; and the smallest legally caught fish. There will also be lots of participation prizes and a 50/50 draw. All profits from the event go to CHEO in support of kids in our area.

Cost for registration on derby day is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids, 16 years old and younger. Save $5.00 if you register on the Thursday or Friday before the event. Registration for the derby is at the Beaudoin-Tessier hut on the ice.

We have lined up a few sponsors for prize donations but are always looking for more. If you or your company would like to donate, please contact Big Al on the ice or send us an email.

Derby regulations >>>
Download Derby poster to print >>>
Derby sponsor incentives >>>

First Pics of the Season

Our ice fishing village has not opened yet but we are already getting some early season photos. These photos are from December 20 in Walleye Bay. Our fisherman didn't mention his name but his handle is nmarcantonio. Good goin bud!

nmarcantonio 1
nmarcantonio 2

A look at the new Oziles Event Hut

Event hut, ice condo, call it what you want, this thing is huge!

The Oziles' Event Hut

If you are around Petrie Island in the summer, you have probably seen the massive Oziles' Event Hut behind the bait shop. It was constructed last year but never made it on the ice because of the short season.

The guys at Oziles designed it for use as a hut for special events or large groups and families who need a large hut.

It was designed and built in two 8' x 16' sections that can be bolted together when on the ice. At 16' x 16' that is one huge ice hut! It is heated with an oil furnace, has a dual burner propane cooktop and convertible benches all round.

For details on how to rent this hut, contact Oziles at 613-841-0778 or visit the Oziles website.

Ice Fishing Photo of the Week

Iced in.


It was the talk of the town in Rideau Ferry near Perth. A boat was snowed over and locked in 4 inches of ice at the local docks. While most areas are putting their ice huts out, this guy was out on New Year's Day trying to get his cruiser back to the boat launch. John Lewis took this pic of the unnamed person who said he was just too busy to put his boat away last autumn. John tells the guy was successful but it took three hours and some help from the many onlookers.


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