Carp fishing on Lake Simcoe

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Sunday, 25 April 2010
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Saturday, 22 January 2011
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Hi There, I got your email from and I'm trying to find some information on carp fishing on Lake Simcoe so you were one of the best people to start my search. I've been told that Holland River holds big carp. But the river is big and very long. Can you point me to a direction where I should start my search? Any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,



Hello Sardar,

Yes there are some very big carp in the Lake Simcoe watershed ... both her
rivers and the main lake itself will hold these big fish.  Of course the
nutrient rich Holland River can be a prime area - and where you fish depends
greatly on whether fishing from a boat or on shore.   As most avid carp
anglers prefer the latter ... I can give you three spots with public access
to try:

1)      The Holland's west branch off of Hwy 400, just west on Hwy 9.

Take  towards Orangeville - and on the south side you'll see the river just
after you get off the 400.   Several access areas here where you can fish
from shore.

2)      The Holland's east branch - at Soldier's Bay in Holland Landing.

Take 400 north to the 88 exit, thru Bradford to Bathurst. Or take Hwy 11 north past Newmarket, turn right (east)
at Bathurst, left along Bathurst then follow to Queensville Side Road where
you turn right (east).  On the Quensville SR  Follow for about a mile till you come to the
bridge- cross it and down below on the north side is Soldier's Bay.

3)      The Holland River in Bradford.   North of 400 to Hwy 88

Exit toward Bradford- driver thru town to the bridge - fishing is from the south side.

Sardar - most of the people who fish these parts of the river are weekend
anglers - fishing for whatever bites - with the exception of crappie anglers
who target crappie at very specific times. So- someone with a bit of carp
savvy should do well - be sure to chum a little to bring the fish in ... not
many do!

Hope this helps and please let me know how you do.

Wil Wegman


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