Where to Fish
This part of Ontario is well-known for trophy muskie, but walleye, lake trout, northern pike, black crappie and bass also thrive in the pristine waters of the Northwest. This region, north of Lake Superior, encompasses ancient waterways, lush boreal forest, waterfalls, and sheer awe inspiring granite cliffs.
You'll discover a multitude of world-class fishing hotspots. Many have excellent boat launches and are accessed easily by road; others require fly-ins or portages.
Quetico Provincial Park and the Albany River system are legendary wilderness fishing destinations, known for a variety of fish, from brook trout to walleye. Fish the big water of Lake Superior for amazing lake trout, steelhead, and salmon. And if river fishing is more to your liking, the picturesque tributaries between Marathon and Thunder Bay hold wild brook trout in their headwaters and migratory salmon and trout in lower reaches and at rivermouths. Fly fishers will revel at the shoreline opportunities available in this region and become even more excited at the likelihood to catch some of the biggest fish their wet and dry flies have ever seen.
Let's not forget Sunset Country and its more than 70,000 fishable lakes. It's one of Canada's premier fishing destinations, with opportunities to target almost every sport-fish species in the province.
Are you looking for the ultimate northern experience? Fly-in fishing in northwestern Ontario brings you into the thick of unspoiled wilderness. Surrounded by boreal forests, you'll find coastal headwater rivers and inland waterways that are lush with walleye and northern pike. Fly-in fishing takes you to an entirely new experience in the great outdoors, and a whole new world of sport fishing.
Fly inland to the Nipigon River, where you can try to break the world record for brook trout (14.5 lbs) or join an outfitter on the Albany River system, which flows east from Lake St. Joseph all the way across to the James Bay and is teeming with trophy walleye. Experienced guides from these rivers would like nothing more than to see you catch that record brook trout and failing that can almost assure you that your personal best brookie ever is easily within reach.
Embark on the trip of a lifetime to Wabigoon or Eagle Lake, and fish for small mouth bass, muskie and pike. Lake of the Woods or the Winisk and Severn Rivers are other great destinations for amazing fly-in fishing adventures in Northwestern Ontario. Moving south, fly fishers can wade into the Steel and McIntyre coastal rivers of Lake Superior to find wild steelhead, coho salmon, and coaster brook trout.
Ontario's northwest is not just home to some of the province's most remarkable open water fishing opportunities but also to some of it's most incredible hard water fishing as well. Kenora's Lake of the Woods for example is often the premier destination chosen by TV Fishing Show hosts like Bob Izumi who regard this multi-species fishery as one of the finest on earth for hardwater action. Recreational ice anglers visiting this lake or the thousands of others in the vast northwest can enjoy great walleye, northern pike, whitefish, black crappie, yellow perch, lake trout and brook trout fishing as well. Cottage resorts catering to ice anglers will ensure your first winter visit won't be your last. If a snowmobiling adventure is your real reason to visit the northwest, why not try adding a bit of ice fishing to that trip and make it even more memorable. Resorts can direct you to some great inland fishing holes that are often only accessible in winter by those travelling on snowmobile.
Yes, the Northwest has the resources, services, resorts, and outfitters to make that dream trip a reality. And, more than that, we've got the fish.
Northwestern Ontario Trips
Northwestern Ontario Tourism Contacts
- Wasaya Wilderness Adventures (WWA)
- Tel: 1-888-514-0986
- Patricia Regional Tourist Council (PRTC)
- Box 66, Dryden, ON P8N 2Y7
- Tel: (807) 223-6792
- Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association
- Box 647, Kenora, ON P9N 3X6
- Tel: (807) 468-5853
- Toll free: 1-800-665-7567
- Fax: (807) 468-5484
- Red Lake Touring Region
- Box 250, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0
- Tel: (807) 727-3275
- Toll free: 1-877-COME SEE (266-3733)
- Red Lake District Publicity Board
- Box 979, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0
- Tel: (807) 727-3021
- City of Thunder Bay
- North of Superior Tourism Association (NOSTA)
- 920 Tungsten St, Suite 206a, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5Z6
- Tel: (807) 346-1130
- Toll free: 1-800-265-3951
- Fax: (807) 346-1135
- Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters (NOTO)