Belwood Lake is located in southern Ontario near the town of Fergus. Created in 1942, Belwood Lake is the result of the construction of the Shand Dam, which in turn created the large reservoir now known as Belwood Lake. The Shand Dam was the first dam to be built in Canada with the sole purpose of water control. Visitors to Belwood Lake Conservation area can stand on top of Shand Dam and see the Grand River valley below.

Fish Species:  Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Bullhead, Carp

At 12 km-long, Belwood Lake offers a wide range of water related activities including boating, fishing, ice fishing and water-skiing. The lake boasts great fishing for Northern Pike, Perch and Smallmouth Bass and walleye (pickeral).  It is rumored that some local folks placed several walleye into Belwood lake a number of years ago. The species seems to be establishing itself in the deeper waters of the lake.

The best ice fishing on this lake tends to be for Perch. These small but aggressive panfish can make a fun filled day on the ice. Perch are usually quite willing to take whatever bait you might decide to drop down the hole. Try a variety of different lures and presentations to maximize your success with Perch on this lake.

A particularly productive area on Belwood Lake is the old river bed.  If you can find the old river bed, you’ll increase your chances of finding fish, especially panfish and northern pike.

Large northern pike are caught each year through the ice at Belwood lake. Your best bets for finding large northerns in this lake are jigging large, flashy spoons such as Little Cleos and jigging spoons. Try using a tip-up baited with a large minnow, dead or alive. When the action is slow with jigging, sometimes live bait is just the ticket to get fussy northern pike to bite when ice fishing.

Belwood Lake Ice Hut Rentals

Belwood Conservation Area offers daily hut rentals when conditions permit. Find out more detailed information about the availability of ice huts on Belwood lake at the GRCA website.

Belwood Lake Ice Fishing Access Map

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