Fishing the French River at the Toque

The Upper French River has a well-known history of being one of Ontario’s fishing hot spots for a variety of species including Bass, Perch, Crappie, Walleye, Pike, Sturgeon and the all elusive Muskie. The Toque just happens to be located in a fishing sweet spot just 1 Kilometer up from Chaudiere dam right across from the Dokis reserve and Marina.

At The Toque you can spend all day exploring private bays, inlets and streams and never hit the same place twice. The Upper French also boasts deep water holes and rocky sholes that produce really big fish. The French River really does have it all.f Spend your day cruising some weedy banks for a giant musky, or head to the deeper holes to catch a pickerel dinner. We can also hook you up with a rental boat or fishing guide to help you navigate through some of the hot spots and techniques. The Toque has the benefit of being situated on a natural tree covered Rock point surrounded by 50,000 acres of untouched Crown land nestled between two creeks. The sloping rock slowly leads out to deep water within 20 Meters of our docks. Our deep-water docks with individual slips can take large deep hull boats and float planes.

Ask us about our “Build a Trophy” package to hold an exciting competition.

We want to ensure that your fishing trip at the Tilted Toque is the best experience that you could imagine for you and your group. Feel free to ask for any special requests.

Upper French River Fishing Regulations

The Tilted Toque is a great spot to relax and unwind after some Upper French River Fishing. We are located in the Ontario Fisheries Management Zone 11 (With the Lake Nipissing Water Body Exception)

Lake Nipissing – including the waters of the French River from the Chaudière and the Little Chaudière dams to Lake Nipissing; the west bay of Lake Nipissing in Haddo Township; the northwest bay of Lake Nipissing to the falls of MacPherson Creek; the Sturgeon River from Lake Nipissing to the dam at Sturgeon Falls; the Veuve River from Lake Nipissing to the chutes located in Lot 5 in Concession 1 in Caldwell Township; the Lavase River from Lake Nipissing to the Champlain Park Boat Ramp (46°14’31”N., 79°25’11”W.) in the city of North Bay, the South River from Lake Nipissing to Highway 654; and the entire West Arm of Lake Nipissing including Cross Lake

  • Closed to all species – from March 16 to Friday before third Saturday in May and December 1 to December 31
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass – open from from January 1 to March 15 and third Saturday in May to November 30
  • Muskellunge – open from third Saturday in June to November 30
  • MuskellungeS-1 and C-0; must be greater than 137 centimetres
  • Northern pikeS-4 and C-2; not more than 1 greater than 61 centimetres, none greater than 86 centimetres
  • Walleye and yellow perch – open from January 1 to March 15 and third Saturday in May to October 15
  • WalleyeS-2 and C-1; must be between 40-45 centimetres (15.7″ – 17.7″)

There's More to the Toque Than Just a Pretty Face

Fully Equipped Cabins

Each of our cabins come fully furnished and equipped with a 3-piece bathroom, kitchenette with refrigerator, blanketed beds, Muskoka outdoor seating, full electricity.

Free Activities

In between fishing trips we have an assortment of activities you can enjoy, such as Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking, and Paddle boating. All additional equipment is free to use during your stay at the Toque.

Games Lodge

Our Lodge is being converted into a social gathering and games room for your enjoyment. Pass some time with a game of foozball, or create a family ping-pong tournament or guys poker night while socializing with other Toque guests.

Fish Cleaning Hut

An enclosed, lighted fish cleaning hut provides a clean and convenient indoor space away from the bugs to filet your catch of the day and prepare for your fish fry or shore lunch.

Unbeatable Fishing

The French River is quickly becoming reestablished as a 1st-Class Ontario Fishery rewarding guests with delicious pickerel, world-class musky, massive pike, heavy hitting bass, and more.

Free Laundry Facilities

We want you to be as comfortable as possible, and open our laundry cabin up to all our guests.

Ready to get your FISH on? Check out our Cabins!