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Fishing Trips to Northern Ontario:
Fish thousands of Canadian lakes that are loaded
with Walleye, Bass, Pike, Muskie and Trout

We're not kidding when we say there are over 70,000 fish-able lakes in Sunset Country! With so many lakes, it's easy to back up our claim as "Canada's Premier Fishing Destination". Endless lakes also mean you'll never have to worry about crowds out on the water. Anglers have the opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish including trophy-class walleye, northern pike, muskie, lake and brook trout, small and largemouth bass, perch, crappie, sauger, sturgeon and whitefish.

How many destinations can offer you this variety all in one area? If you're looking for a good lodge in Canada, you've come to the right place. Kitchen view in cabin -  Pipestone Lake, Ontario You can drive, boat or fly in to your Ontario lodge. The drive in fishing lodges don't mean that they are crowded. Most of the resorts in Ontario are fairly secluded. Imagine staying at an island resort - with the only access being by boat. Talk about getting away from it all. You can also choose a Canada fly-in fishing vacation. Choose either a full-service flyin resort or fly into a remote fly-in outpost cabin.

Planning a family fishing trip? There are many family friendly resorts. You can enjoy fishing, swimming, water skiing, hiking and more.Our fishing is fantastic in Northwestern Ontario because of the management principle of catch and release. Anglers are encouraged to enjoy a tasty shore lunch of smaller fish but to let all trophy sized fish go. By taking a measurement and photo and getting a replica mount you help maintain the breeding population in our lakes, ensuring that in 20 years the fishing will be as good or even better than it is today. The fish species available varies based on the location within Sunset Country. If you know which Canadian lake you'd like to fish, visit our Northwest Ontario Lakes website that can link you to outfitters on your favorite lake. Ontario Canada Walleye Fishing

Walleye Fishing

The ultimate in table fare and the highlight of the Canadian "Shore Lunch", walleye are extremely abundant in Sunset Country. Found in a variety of lakes and rivers, the average-sized walleye in Ontario are between 1 and 3 pounds. Of course fish over 30 inches in length and weighing over 10 pounds are a definite possibility. Jigging with live bait is the most common method of catching walleye. Big walleye are often caught at dusk while trolling with medium to deep diving crank baits. Bring a wide variety of tackle with you so you can adjust to changes in wind, light and temperature conditions. To find out more about walleye fishing visit our website dedicated to Ontario Walleye Fishing or visit our page showing the Canadian Fishing Lodges with walleye fishing. Canada Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

If you want some of the continent's hottest action for smallmouth bass then a visit to Sunset Country is in order. Pound for pound, there is no better fighting fish so get ready for lots of wild jumping action. Smallmouth are found in many lakes in the southern half of Northwestern Ontario and prefer warmer rocky lakes with lots of shoals and reefs. You can catch Canadian smallmouth with the same tackle you use back home but local favorites include tube jigs and small crank or spinner baits. To find out more about smallmouth bass fishing in Canada, visit our website dedicated to Ontario Smallmouth Bass Fishing or visit our page showing the Ontario lodges with bass fishing. Largemouth Bass Fishing in Canada

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Largemouth bass are confined to a much smaller number of lakes but some of these lakes hold really big fish. Using a variety of spinner baits or your favorite crank baits, look for largemouth bass among fallen timber or in heavy vegetation near a deep drop off. Both species of bass live longer and grow more slowly in Sunset Country as we are at the very northern end of their range in North America. For more information and tips on largemouth bass fishing in Canada, visit our website dedicated to Ontario Largemouth Bass Fishing or visit our page showing the lodges with largemouth bass fishing. Canada Northern Pike Fishing

Northern Pike Fishing

One of the most exciting and hardest fighting of all fish, the northern pike can be found in almost any lake in Northwestern Ontario. With a look to match their demeanor, northerns will hit just about anything you throw at them. Average pike are in the 6-8 pound range with the biggest fish reaching lengths over 40 inches and weighing more than 30 pounds. Big pike are often found along the rocks near a steep drop off or along the edges of weed lines waiting for an unsuspecting bait fish to swim by. Big northern pike will hammer muskie baits as well as large spoons so bring along some big tackle if a trophy fish is what you're after. To find out more about northern pike fishing in Canada, visit our website dedicated to Ontario Pike Fishing or visit our page showing all camps with northern pike fishing. Ontario Lake Trout Fishing Photo

Lake Trout Fishing

With so many deep cool lakes, Sunset Country is an excellent choice for lake trout fishing. Lakers are distributed across Northwest Ontario and many lakes are known for their quality trout fishery. Cast or troll in the shallows around 10-15' in the spring. In mid-summer the trout go deep to between 40-100'. Downriggers are generally needed to get down to these depths but once down there, the action can get really hot! Lake trout average between 4-8 pounds but fish up to 20 pounds are not uncommon. To find out more about Canada lake trout fishing visit our website dedicated to Ontario Trout Fishing or visit our page with all outfitters offering lake trout fishing. Canada Brook Trout Fishing

Brook Trout Fishing

In the most northerly regions of Sunset Country is one of the grandest treats in freshwater fishing trophy brook trout. River systems such as the Winisk, Sutton and Albany offer truly outstanding opportunities for brook trout. The biggest fish go up to 8 pounds with plenty of fish in the 2 to 5 pound range. Bring your fly rod with you and get ready for a wild time! To find out more about Canada brook trout fishing visit our website dedicated to Ontario Brook Trout Fishing or visit our page with all resorts offering brook trout fishing. Canada Muskie Fishing

Muskie Fishing

Sunset Country is without a doubt, one of the best destinations on the planet when it comes to muskie fishing. This "fish of 10,000 casts" is worth the effort. Once hooked, be prepared for a long, hard battle with this big predator. If you're looking for that "once in a lifetime fish" it is a possibility that you'll find it in one of our lakes in Northwestern Ontario. The Ontario record muskellunge measured in at 58 inches in length and weighed 65 pounds. What sets muskie fishing in Sunset Country apart is the number of muskie you'll catch. The key to success is to have a well-stocked tackle box with a choice of top to bottom baits. Natural bait fish colors are always a good choice when deciding what to use and no bait is too big! For more information about Canada muskie fishing visit our website dedicated to Ontario Muskie Fishing or visit our page with all the resorts with muskie fishing. Crappie Fishing in Canada

Crappie Fishing

Pan fish such as perch and black crappie are a favourite of many anglers. In Northwestern Ontario we have great fishing for both species. Black crappie are abundant in both Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake and are a schooling fish. This gives anglers the opportunity to find a whole group of fish in a small area leading to a great day on the water. During the winter ice fishermen often fish for the tasty crappie. For more information about Canada crappie fishing, visit our members that offer Ontario crappie fishing. Perch Fishing in Canada

Perch Fishing

Perch are much more widely distributed and for kids, are really fun to catch. In the summer look for crappie along deep weed lines and for perch, in sunken timber and under docks. In the spring you'll find black crappie and perch concentrated in shallow bays where the water is warmer. For more information about Canada perch fishing, visit our members that offer Ontario perch fishing. Your Canadian fishing trip may also include fishing for whitefish, sauger or even sturgeon. No matter what kind of fish you're looking for, in Sunset Country you'll always find a challenge with a little adventure tucked in your tackle box as well.

Canadian Fly-In Fishing Adventures

For a real Canadian fly in fishing vacation, you may choose to fly-in for a day's fishing or stay longer at one of the many flyin resorts or remote outpost cabins located Fly-in Outpost Cabins throughout Northwest Ontario's Sunset Country.

Fly-in outpost fishing cabins are available in a variety of styles and can include everything from running water to generator or solar-powered lights, heat, stove, fridge, ... you name it! Imagine flying into a secluded Canadian lake with your cabin being the only cabin on it. Talk about getting away from it all. If you choose an American Plan Fly-in Resort, you'll be treated with all the bells and whistles. Enjoy three homemade meals a day including either a shorelunch or packaged lunch. Boat rentals and fishing guides are often included in American Plan packages.

Full-Service Lodges: Drive-in or Boat-In

Many venture to Sunset Country for the wilderness beauty along with great fishing. Yet the excellent service and amenities at our full-service American Plan lodges also entice many. These all-inclusive packages provide you and your group the opportunity to relax and enjoy your vacation while your hosts look after all the details. These lodges often offer guided fishing accompanied by great meals and fine accommodations.

Housekeeping Cabin Rentals

If you like to fish on your own schedule and not have to worry about making it back in time for supper, then a housekeeping cabin rental is the solution. Housekeeping Plans offers flexibility in your daily schedule and the ability for you to eat and make meals at your leisure. They are also affordable choices for family fishing vacations.

Camping and Fishing in Canada

Trailer your own boat behind your RV and stay at one or more of the 80 campgrounds that are members of our Travel Association. Flexibility in fishing locations is the most tangible benefit of traveling in your own RV. Fish the lake you're staying at or choose to fish other nearby lakes that have public boat launches. Many campground operators also offer their guests fishing boat rentals. For more information on camping and fishing in Canada, visit our Ontario Campgrounds website.

Canadian Houseboat Rentals

Journey across the waters of Sunset Country's biggest lakes on a Canadian houseboat vacation. Lake of the Woods, Lac Seul and Dog Lake are all ideal destinations for a summer cruise. Houseboat rentals are an affordable family vacation or a great option for your fishing trip with your friends. Visit our website dedicated to Ontario Houseboat Rentals in Canada.

Canoe Fishing Trips

Other popular alternative in Sunset Country are canoe expeditions deep into the interior. Fishing from a canoe can be very rewarding and you sometimes can get into rivers and smaller lakes that are inaccessible by boat. Also, if you want to go fishing in Quetico Park, motor boats are not allowed in and you must go by canoe or kayak. Visit our Canadian canoe outfitters at our website dedicated to canoeing in Ontario.

Whether you choose a full-service resort, a fly-in outpost, a houseboat rental, a canoe trip or a camping vacation, one thing is for sure: you'll find everything you need for a great fishing adventure.

Winter Ice Fishing

Several of our members remain open throughout the year and can offer you some of Canada's best ice fishing. Just imagine, tasting fresh walleye in the middle of winter. Lake trout, northern pike and crappie are also available - try for that trophy fish. January, February and March are all great months to go ice fishing in Canada. For more information on ice fishing in Canada, visit our website that dedicated to snowmobiling and ice fishing in Ontario. Accommodations

Northwestern Ontario Fishing Tournaments - 2015


Family Fishing Weekend

Any Lake in Ontario - February 14-16

Agimak Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Agimak Lake, Ignace - February - TBA - 807-394-2990 or 807-934-2202 Northwestern Ontario Fishing Tournaments


Keewatin Legion Family Fish Derby
Lake of the Woods, Keewatin - Mar 15 - 807-547-2597


Annual Stratton Fishing Derby
Morley Park, Rainy River - May 15 - 807-483-5455


Emo Walleye Classic
Rainy River, Emo - June 4-6 - 807-482-2171

Angler & Young Angler Walleye Fishing Tournament
Red Lake - 807-662-2469

Sioux Lookout Walleye Weekend Tournament
Abram, Pelican, Botford Lakes, Sioux Lookout - June 13-14 - 807-737-1937 or 807-737-1323

Dryden Walleye Masters
Wabigoon Lake, Dryden - June 20-21 - 807-938-7641 Kenora Bass International Fishing Tournament


Nestor Falls Bass Bash
Lake of the Woods, Nestor Falls - July 3-4 - 807-226-5241

Family Fishing Week
Any Lake in Ontario - July 4-12 - 877-822-8881

Agimak Lake Fishing Derby
Agimak Lake, Ignace - July 11 - 807-934-2990 or 807-934-2202

Shoal Lake Bass Classic
Shoal Lake, Shoal Lake Band #39, Shoal Lake - July 11-12 - 807-733-2560 or 807-733-3191

Bronzeback Classic
Lake of the Woods, Kenora: July 18-19 - 807-468-4077 or 807-548-4547

Children/Youth Fishing Tournament
Bass Lake Park, Nestor Falls - July 19 - 807-226-5241

Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship
Rainy Lake, Fort Frances - July 23-25 - 807-274-2028

Bronzeback Classic
Lake of the Woods, Kenora: July 26-27 - 807-468-4077 or 807-548-4547

English River Bass Challenge
English River System, Grassy Narrows: July TBA - 807-925-2201

Angler & Young Angler Walleye Tournament
Wabigoon Lake, Dryden - July TBA Tracy Gustafson: 807-937-2674

Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship


Kenora Bass International
Lake of the Woods, Kenora - August 6-8

English River Bass/Walleye Challenge
English River System, Grassy Narrows - TBA - 807-925-2201

Atikokan Bass Classic
Marmion Lake, Atikokan - Aug 14-15 - 807-597-2940

Angler & Young Angler National Championship
Lake of the Woods, Kenora - Aug 21-22

Morson Bass International
Lake of the Woods, Morson - Aug 23-24 - Morson Tourism - 807-488-5905


Red Lake Fall Classic Catch & Release Walleye Tournament
Red Lake Chain of Lakes, Red Lake - Sept 4-5 - 807-727-3275

Perch Lake Bass Challenge
Perch Lake, Atikokan - Sept 6 - Email: info@perchlakebass.com

Bassin' for Bucks
Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows - Sept 11-13 - 807-226-5226 or 807-226-5684

Crow Lake Classic
Crow (Kakagi) Lake, Nestor Falls - Sept 19-20 - Anglers Pro Shop: 807-484-2525

Nestor Falls Musky Cup
Lake of the Woods, Nestor Falls - Sept 19-20

Last Chance Bass
Shoal Lake, Shoal Lake Band #39, Shoal Lake - Sept 19 - 20 Randy Paishk: 807-733-3191

Nestor Falls Musky Cup
Lake of the Woods, Nestor Falls - Sept 25-26

Rainy River Walleye Tournament
Rainy River - Sept 25-27 - 807-852-3244

Whitefish Bay Fall Bass Classic
Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods - Sept 26-27 - 807-226-5411

Lac La Croix Bass Classic
Nequaquon Lake, Lac La Croix Fort Frances - TBA - 807-485-2431


Lake of the Woods Walleye Challenge
Lake of the Woods, Morson - Oct 11-12 - 807-276-0311

Ontario Angler Awards Programs

OFAH Ontario Angler Awards
All bodies of water in Ontario - Jan 1-Dec 31

Sioux Lookout District Master Angler Catch & Release Program
All bodies of water around Sioux Lookout - Nov 1-Oct 31 - Sioux Lookout Information Centre: 807-737-2991 Accommodations

Ontario Fishing Regulations

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has their Sport Fishing Regulations Summary available for downloading in an Adobe Acrobat file. The file is broken up into sections which makes downloading faster.

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