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Facility Rentals

Shimano Fish Pond

Facility Rentals

Shimano Fish Pond

catch and realease 



There’s no better feeling than catching your first fish! The Shimano Fish Pond is a catch-and-release warm water pond right here at the Heritage Centre. The pond provides fishing opportunities to members of the community that have limited access to fishing opportunities. The Shimano Fish Pond is easily accessible by wheelchair and provides a memorable and exciting experience for students, families and community groups. The Heritage Centre supplies the rods and reels for your fishing adventure.

The pond must be booked in advance by community groups or requested ahead of time for special events. Maximum group size = 10 anglers (fishing at once)

The pond will be open to the general public for drop-in style fishing every Friday in July and August from 10am to 12pm as part of our TackleShare program.

All instruction and equipment is provided!



Shimano Fish Pond FAQ

Where is the pond located?

The pond is conveniently located behind the OFAH | Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre at 4601 Guthrie Drive in Peterborough.

What species of fish are stocked in the pond?

The pond contains large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed and rock bass.

When is the pond available?

The pond is open May 1 to Thanksgiving.

How can my group book the pond or request more information?

The pond must be booked in advance for community groups or special events. The maximum group size is 10 anglers.

For pond information and booking times, please contact us.

How do pond bookings work?

Fishing equipment is provided free of charge through the TackleShare program. Our staff will show you everything you need to know and help you fish for the duration of your pond booking. A typical booking is 1 hour in length. Please call us ahead to book your fishing time and don’t forget to bring your own worms!

Do I need to bring my own bait?

For community groups using the pond, we ask that you bring your own bait – typically worms. For those using the pond during a class trip, birthday party or facility booking, we will provide worms for you.

What is TackleShare?

TackleShare is a program designed to give new and young anglers the opportunity to go fishing at no cost. The program is offered at the Heritage Centre every Friday from 10am to 12pm during the months of July and August.

Equipment (including worms) and instruction is provided free of charge.

OFAH TackleShare Program

Initiated by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, the TackleShare Program gives new and young anglers the opportunity to go fishing at no cost.

There are many barriers to introducing new anglers to fishing on today’s waters. TackleShare removes these barriers by providing the equipment and knowledge to get them started.

Participating anglers simply sign out a rod and reel, as well as an assortment of tackle in the same way that they would borrow library material. Visit www.tackleshare.com for more information.



What Visitors are Saying

“The seniors in our crew always enjoy fishing at the Shimano Pond. Albeit simple and close-by – it’s the perfect outing. We pack a lunch and enjoy it by the pond before we fish. Even those who don’t catch any fish appreciate the time out with one another. Thank goodness the pond is accessible and walker / wheelchair friendly!”

Lexee Q.

Community Seniors Group, Ennismore, ON

“With so many of our youth coming from various backgrounds we appreciate the barrier-free fishing opportunities that the OFAH has to offer. Our kids had a blast catching fish and making memories.”

Andy S.

Youth Group Leader, Peterborough, ON

“We brought our granddaughters (ages 6 and 9) by for the drop-in style fishing one Friday last August. They had never been fishing before, but they were hooked! Your staff were great teachers and took the time to explain everything to the girls. Thank you!”

Derek V.

Grandparent, Peterborough, ON

Contact Us

1-800-263-OFAH (6324) ext. 100

OFAH Conservation Centre

PO Box 2800
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 8L5

Visiting Hours

Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 1pm - 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

General admission is $5 / person