Fish & Fishing in Pigeon Lake

Some Common Fish Species of Pigeon Lake

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass





Rock Bass






Black Crappie





Yellow Perch






Brown Bullhead





Cisco (Lake Herring)







White Sucker

Common Carp






Illustration Credits: Ontario MNRF; Iowa DNR; U. S. F&WS

To learn more about these and other fish species, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) website on Identifying, catching and handling fish species.

Fish Community Sampling in Pigeon Lake

The MNRF monitors fish communities across the province via its Inland Lakes Broad-scale Fish Community Monitoring Program.

Various lakes are monitored on a regular basis over five year cycles, while others are selected randomly and only monitored occasionally. Pigeon Lake was sampled by the MNRF in 2009 and 2013.

In both rounds of sampling, Yellow Perch were the most frequently caught fish species. The bulk of the rest of the catches comprised centrarchids (e.g., Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Black Crappie, and Smallmouth Bass).

For more detailed information, view the Broad-scale Fish Community Monitoring Program Lake Bulletins for Pigeon Lake here.

What are the Fishing Regulations?

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) sets various seasons, size limits, and harvest limits in order to manage fish populations sustainably. These regulations can vary by Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) and by fish species.

Pigeon Lake is located in FMZ 17. You can find information about FMZ 17 online here.

The Fishing Regulations for FMZ 17 are here.

Pigeon Lake is located in Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 17.
Additional On-line Resources

New to fishing? Or, new to fishing on Pigeon Lake? Check out these on-line resources…

Family enjoying an afternoon of fishing on Pigeon Lake

Photo Credits: W. Dunlop