For those that don’t know, some of the world’s best fishing lies in the country of Canada. Many anglers return year after year, and for those who don’t have probably never been. There are a variety of species to pursue in the lakes and streams around the country. You can fish for walleye from shore, bass for a good fight, pursue trophy lake trout or a big northern pike. An angler can catch a big musky or fry up some panfish such as crappie, bluegill or perch. Hike to a pristine mountain lake or stream to catch some beautiful brook trout. Whatever you want to do, the choice is yours! In Canada, there are more places to fish than there are people, so it is never crowded. There are over 70,000 lakes and rivers to choose from, and you can even choose to have somebody fly you in to remote places to fish water that sees little (if any) pressure from anybody ever!
Canada has been practicing fish management for a long time, and because of its regulations, there are not only a lot of fish, but a lot of big fish. No matter if you’re a freshwater or saltwater angler, fishing in Canada is sure to spoil you for choice. There are more than 200 fish species in Canada, and around three million anglers cast their baits in its teeming waters each year. You can do anything from fly fishing and offshore trolling to ice fishing in these parts. Oh, and did we mention that this is where you’ll find some of the most beautiful scenery known to man? There are many different popular spots around the country to visit and fish.
One of these places is Ucluelet, British Columbia. Most of the fishing charters in Ucluelet will take you offshore fishing to the Big Bank. This undersea plateau is located around 25 miles offshore and is a spawning ground for huge numbers of bait fish. People call this place the “Salmon Highway,” but you can catch giant Halibut here, as well. Chinook Salmon weighing over 30 pounds are not uncommon around Ucluelet, especially during the summer months. Coho Salmon is good to catch during summer, too. You can get a hook on Pink, Chum, and Sockeye Salmon during August and September. Another great place to visit is called Yellowknife on the Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife is situated on Great Slave Lake, the 10th largest lake in the world and the deepest in North America. It’s remarkable that a place this remote has so much to offer – from record-breaking Trout and the mesmerizing Aurora to flawless diamonds, Yellowknife has the whole package.
Lake Trout is probably the most sought-after fish in these parts. And no wonder – these critters can reach a whopping 75 pounds! They will put up a fight though, so you’d best be on your A game. Northern Pike is also great, with some of the bigger ones reaching the 40 pound range.
The pleasant summer months are a great time for fishing in Yellowknife. Not only are fish on the bite, you can catch them in the cool midnight sun. Now that’s hard to beat. June is your best bet for trophy Lake Trout. Northern Pike is usually on the bite from late June to late September.
If these don’t sound like places you might like, check out Lake Ontario and in particular Mississauga. The smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario provides a unique blend of year-round reel action and top-notch tourism. The mostly urbanized coast is home to countless fishing guides, specializing in all kinds of techniques and species. The fish are as varied and abundant as you can find in the entire country. Trout fishing is nothing short of amazing, with Steelhead, Brown, and Lake Trout biting throughout spring and summer. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing is great from June through October. But the king of them all has to be Salmon. Salmon fishing in Lake Ontario is what draws thousands of avid anglers to this area year after year. Tournaments like the renowned Great Ontario Salmon Derby only add to the excitement. During the summer months, you’ll be venturing into deeper waters for Salmon. They like cooler temperatures, so you’ll do well with a trolling setup with downriggers. Trout will keep closer to shore during this time, though.
There are just too many great fishing locations when it comes to Canada, and almost too many species of fish to list. Any serious angler should be looking into visiting and fishing in this amazing country, and they can fully expect to have the experience of a lifetime when they go. With so many great options and so much to do, it is no wonder why Canada is considered by many to be a fisherman’s paradise.