Fishing

TV show “The Musky Hunter” films at Beachwood Hollow. Watch the full episode by clicking the image below.

Posted by Beachwood Hollow Resort on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Stoco Lake is a fairly large water body, the body consisting of a single basin. The lake is quite shallow, having an average depth of 13 feet or 4 meters. Temperature ranges from 22C on the surface to 18C at the bottom in the summer. Surface area of the lake is 1,242 acres. The most recent lake map was made in 1963. It has not been updated since then. The map shows maximum depth of 32 feet. However with modern fish-depth finders, it has been shown deepest part of the lake is approximately 50 feet. The lake colour is light brown to clear. The lake is approximately 3.4 miles or 5.4 kms long and 1.6 miles or 2.5 kms wide. There are 2 named islands, Butternut Island and Grant Island. Also one bay, Cosy Cove. Primary water flow is the Moria River at the northwest, which outflows to the south via two channels into the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario.  Secondary inflow to Stoco Lake is the Clare River at the east and Sulphide Creek at Cosy Cove.

Fish species in the lake are: Muskellunge (Musky), Northern Pike, Walleye, Small and Large Mouth Bass, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, White Sucker, Longnose Gar Pike, Yellow Perch and Common Shiners.

Small and Large Mouth Bass are found adjacent to most of the shoreline and shoals around the lake. Worms, minnows, leopard frogs and crayfish in addition to brightly coloured lures are used effectively. Trophy size Musky have been taken on large artificial and natural baits by trolling and casting.

Stoco Lake is located on Hwy 37, 37 Kms. north of the 401 at Belleville, Ontario. There are a few public access boat ramps available.  Beachwood Hollow Resort has a boat ramp with gradual sandy bottom for guests to use.

Contour Map of Stoco Lake Contour Map of Stoco Lake

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Fishing Seasons

Musky: 1st Saturday in June to December 15. Limits: 1, 40 inches or 102 cm. Must have sport license.

Bass, Large and Smallmouth: 3rd Saturday in June to December 15. Limits: Sport- 6, Conservation-2

Northern Pike: Jan 1-Mar 31. and  2nd Saturday  in May to Dec. 31. Limits: Sport 6, Conservation-2

Walleye: Jan 1-Mar 1 and 2nd Sat. in May to Dec. 31. Limits: Sport-4 must be between 40-50cm or 15.7-19.7 inches. Conservation-2 must be between 40-50 cm or 15.7-19.7 inches.

Perch: Open all year. Limits: Sport-50, Conservation-25

Crappie: Open all year. Limits: Sport-30, Conservation-10

Sunfish: Open all year. Limits: Sport-300, only 30 can be greater than 18cm or 7.1 inches. Conservation-15.

Channel Cat: Open all Year. Limits: Sport-12, Conservation-8

To fish in Ontario you will need an outdoor card. Available online at: https://www1.on.wildlifelicense.com/custlkup.php?lang=1

For those interested in guided Musky charters please contact Pro Tackle Musky Shop

Local Live Bait Shop: www.tweedbait.com.