Come and experience the fun of the outdoors and ice fishing at Petrie Island, Ontario!

Petrie Island is a fantastic place for a day outing of ice fishing. Situated just east of Ottawa on the Ottawa River, Petrie Island offers beautiful scenery and a tremendous variety of fish. Species include crappie, perch, northern pike, walleye and much more!

OC Transpo Bus Shelter
Experience A Great Day of 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.

Cost for the rental is $125.00 a day (9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and has room for 4 to 6 people. Price includes 6 drilled fishing holes, all rental equipment (ice fishing tip-ups and dipping spoon), a dozen minnows for bait and wood for the stove. All you have to do is pack your snacks and refreshments! If you are new to fishing, a guide can also be arranged for an additional cost.

For more information or to reserve a fun day of ice fishing in the comfort of the Old OC Transpo bus shelter contact Rick at or 613-229-2788.

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