|Surface Area||Max Depth||Average Depth||Max Length||Max Width|
|82.0 sq km||7.6 m||1.4 m|
Only a short 45 minute drive from Toronto, Lake Scugog is a great option for Torontonians looking for good fishing close by. Located between Port Perry and Lindsey and accessible via Highway 7, it is in the Kawartha lakes region though not technically part of them. The Scugog River is the only outflow and connects to Sturgeon Lake.
Prior to 1834, Lake Scugog was actually two lakes connected by a wide channel that flowed through marsh land on the north end of the lake. A dam erected north of Lindsey on the Scugog River caused the water level to rise by 10 feet and flooded the surrounding fields. Currently, the water level is lower and maintained by man made channels on the south end. The average depth of the lake is 1.4 meters or about 4.5 feet and covers a surface area of 68 square kilometers. The deeper portions of Lake Scugog trace the old river bed.
The waters of Lake Scugog are murky and weedy due largely to its shallowness. The weeds and darkness of the water offer great cover for many species of fish including Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Muskie, and Smallmouth Bass. Largemouth are throughout the lake and the fishing is consistent all year long. Early in the season it's best to fish the shallow areas along the shores, later try some on the deeper weedy areas. Walleye and Crappie are usually concentrated in the mouth of the Scugog River and spread into the lake later in the season. Crappie will be most active in the early mornings and at night. Ice fishing on Lake Scugog is also very good, as walleye and jumbo perch can be found throughout the lake. Use the map above to find the latest hot spots and honey holes and don't forget to read the reports as they are provided by local anglers who are on the water consistently. Another great way to get familiar with a new lake is to use a fish finder to help locate schools of fish.
Anglers without a boat like Lake Scugog as it offers many places to access it from shore. Port Perry has lots of shore access to the lake. There is also plenty of shore fishing spots from Scugog Island and near Ceasarea on the east side of the lake. Driving along highway 7, you'll find many people fishing from the side of the road. If you are looking to fish Scugog with a boat then a free boat launch can be found in Ceasarea and on Scugog island. There is a pay launch in Port Perry that costs about $10.
Lake Scugog is a great lake but can become very busy, some of the other Kawartha Lakes offer great options if you are looking for a more peaceful experience. Try fishing Pigeon Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Cameron Lake or Clear Lake.