Fishing

Please review our COVID-19 FAQs that will help you prepare for your visit to our Conservation Areas during the pandemic


Otonabee Conservation provides access for fishing at the following conservation areas and campgrounds. Day use entrance fees apply.

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground

Drop a line from the dock at the canoe launch or paddle a canoe down the Indian River from the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground (289 Caves Road, Warsaw, Ontario). The character of the river varies as it flows downstream toward the village of Warsaw. The variety of fish in the river includes perch, sunfish and small mouth bass.

  • Canoe and kayak rentals are not available for the 2020 season due to the pandemic but visitors are welcome to bring their own and use our boat launch
  • Boat launch is available for non-motorized watercraft only

Selwyn Beach Conservation Area

12th Line, Township of Selwyn, Ontario

Photo of launching a boat

Beavermead Campground

Beavermead Campground is situated on Little Lake in the heart of the City of Peterborough (2011 Ashburnham Drive).

  • Canoe and kayak rentals are not available for the 2020 season due to the pandemic but visitors are welcome to bring their own and use our boat launch
  • Boat launch located in Beavermead Park (near the public parking area)

Fishing Licences and Regulations

All Ontario residents between 18 and 65 years of age require a fishing licence to legally fish in Ontario waters. The one exception to this rule is the licence –free period during Ontario Family Fishing Events; details are available under, ‘Links of Interest’ at top right of page. 

For details on how and where to purchase a fishing licence, please visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

You should also be familiar with the provincial fishing regulations, which define seasons, catch limits on various species of fish and other matters. Refer to the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources for more information.

Fronto of boat fishing

The Otonabee Region watershed is situated within Fisheries Management Zone 17.

For information about fishing opportunities in other parts of Ontario, please visit Fish ON-Line.

River Flows and Your Safety

River flows can change throughout the season along the rivers and streams within the Otonabee Region watershed. Anglers need to be aware of the changes because, as flows increase, the waterways can become dangerous. Also, please be aware of where you are fishing in relation to Otonabee Conservation water control structures (dams, weirs).