Georgian Bay is a great lake for ice fishing in the winter. It is a large bay of Lake Huron, which is one of the great lakes in North America. It is located in Ontario, Canada. The main part of the bay is between the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island.
Georgian Bay is 320 kilometers (200 miles) long by 80 kilometers (50 miles) wide. Its surface is over 15,000 square kilometers (5800 square miles), making it almost as large as Lake Ontario.
There is a huge number islands in Georgian Bay. Most of these islands are along the east side of the bay and are known as the Thirty Thousand Islands, including the larger Parry Island. Manitoulin Island is the world's largest island in a freshwater lake.
Midland and Penetanguishene, at the south end of the bay, are popular sites for summer cottages. Collingwood, Meaford and Wasaga Beach are located at the south end of the bay. Owen Sound and Wiarton are located on the Bruce Peninsula. Tobermory is located at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Parry Sound has the world's deepest freshwater port and is located on the east shore of the bay.
The shores of Georgian Bay are the domain of Anishinaabeg First Nations peoples to the North and Huron-Petun to the south. It was a major trade route between those two tribes.
It was named Georgian Bay after King George IV by Lieutenant Henry Wolsey Bayfield of the Royal Navy in 1822.
Some of the species of fish that you can expect to cacth while ice fishing are, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike, Musky, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Pacific Salmon, Chinook, Coho, Pink Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Whitefish, Sturgeon and Catfish.
Although Georgian Bay is an awesome summer cottage destination in the summer, it is also a great location for some hard water ice fishing. The bay freezes over completly in winter so be sure to head out to this northern destination with your gear ready for some icy fun.