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Fishing licenses are required for French River Zone 10, Georgian Bay Zone 14, & Pickerel River Zone 15. For the full Northern Ontario fishing regulations summary please click on the image or for Ontario Resident and non-resident outdoors cards, click on the example card image below (left). If you need a pleasure craft license or renewal, click on the example card image on the right.

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French River Fishing Lodge, Bear's Den Lodge is a renowned World Class fishing - hunting lodge in an Ontario Park. Our roofed accommodations are in the French River Delta of the French River Provincial Park. Access our lodge via Hartley Bay Marina parking to the remote, scenic unspoiled French River, Pickerel River, Wanapitei River, and Northeast Georgian Bay. Our All-Inclusive resort's primary focus is fishing! We offer trophy walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappies, salmon, and muskies.
Musky fishing is our specialty as Bear's Den Lodge offers modern outstanding accommodations with American Plan meals and Housekeeping cottages, boat motor rentals and experienced guides.
The French River Provincial Park offers excellent canoeing, paddling adventures, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, black bear hunting, nature, adventures and eco tours. Our area, French River Delta, provides one of the highest quality wilderness experiences in all of Ontario.
 
 

French River Fishing Tips and Regulations

Legal length of Muskie is 48 inches, however, Bear's Den Lodge has been honoring live release of all Muskies under 50 inches, while encouraging measurements - length and girth of the trophy fish, with a quick photo, then live release. A fisherman with a Sport Fishing License may possess only 1 fish over 48 inches as per the Ministry of Natural Resource Fishing Regulations in Zone 10 - French River and 54 inches in Georgian Bay - Zone 14.

Effective as of January 1, 2022 - Transportation of minnows and leeches from one Bait Management Zone (BMZ) to another is prohibited. We are located in the Northeastern Bait Management Zone. You must have receipt of the purchased bait (minnows and leeches) while fishing at all times. Visit Ontario.ca to read the bait regulations.

Ontario Bait Management Zone showing areas where live bait can be legally purchased and transported for sport fishing.
Map showing BMZ zones of Ontario, Provided by Government of Ontario.

Resident & Non-Resident Outdoor Cards Northern Ontario Fishing Licenses

  • Valid for 3 years required with purchase of fishing or hunting license - $8.57
  • Please purchase online prior to arriving at Hartley Bay Marina launch and Bear's Den Lodge.
  • Always PRINT your Ontario License First before printing your receipt.
  • If Licenses are forgotten, Bear's Den will assist you for your convenience at the full service lodge.

Sport Fishing License

An angler may keep in their possession a total of four fish of each species when fishing the French River.

  • Only one fish of each species may measure over the specified "Slot-Size" length - trophy fish.
  • An Ontario Sport Fishing License is required for Muskie fishing.
  • 1-year Ontario Resident Sport Fishing License $26.57
  • 1-year Canadian Resident Sport Fishing License $55.81
  • Non-resident 8 day Sport Fishing License - $54.38 Canadian Funds.

Conservation License

Anglers with a Conservation License may only possess two fish of each species. Muskie fishing is NOT permitted with this license.

  • Only one fish of each species may measure over the specified "Slot-Size" length or Trophy size.
  • 1-year Ontario Resident Conservation Fishing License $15.07
  • 1-year Canadian Resident Conservation Fishing License $33.43
  • Non-resident 8 day Fishing Conservation License - $31.52 Canadian Funds.
  • A great value for CPR - Catching, Photo and Release!
  • Please visit the official Hunting and Fishing Ontario page  for other sport and conservation license 3 year fishing pricing & hunting options.

When a Fishing License is NOT Needed:

  • Ontario Residents who are Under 18 or 65 and Older can catch and possess fish with limits of a Sport Fishing License per Ontario Fishing Regulations page 6 with proper Federal or Provincial Government ID indicating their name & birth.
  • Non-Residents who are Under 18 years old and are accompanied by a person with a valid Ontario Recreational Fishing License & share their limits.

Family Fishing Opportunities

Ontario & Canadian Residents have four opportunities throughout the fishing season to fish free without a license. During these dates, individuals must follow catch and possession limits for Conservation Fishing Licenses.
These dates are:

  • Family Fishing Weekend (February 18-20, 2023)
  • Mother’s Day Weekend (May 13-14, 2023)
  • Father’s Day Weekend (June 17-18, 2023)
  • Ontario Family Fishing Week (July 1-9, 2023)

Your hosts, Art & Brenda Barefoot

Bear's Den Lodge

2870J Hartley Bay Rd.
Alban, Ont. P0M 1A0
Tel: (705) 857-2757

Winter Address:

124 Shagbark Rd.
Alum Bank, PA 15521
Tel: (814) 839-2443

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