Conestogo Lake is located in southern Ontario near the town of Drayton in Mapleton Township. The lake is the result of the construction of a dam on the Conestogo River. This dam was built for flood control.
Fish Species: pike, perch, walleye, crappie and smallmouth bass.
This ‘Y’ shaped reservoir stretches 6 km up each arm and offers a wide range of water related activities including camping, boating, fishing, ice fishing and water-skiing. The lake boasts great fishing for Northern Pike, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie and walleye (pickeral).
The best ice fishing on this lake tends to be for perch, pike and walleye. Pike tend to be aggressive, which can make them easy to catch with the right lures or a tip-up rigged with either a live or dead minnow.
Panfish – perch and crappie – can make for a fun filled day on the ice. The difficulty is usually finding these fish. 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. Crappie are a little harder to find and tend to be a little more picky than the perch.
A particularly productive area on Conestogo Lake is the point where the two arms meet. If you can manage to make your way out to this area, you’ll increase your chances of finding fish, especially panfish and northern pike.
Large northern pike are caught each year through the ice at Conestogo 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.
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area is a park located on Conestogo lake. More information is available on the GRCA website.
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