Canada is one of the first destinations that many anglers think of when they think of planning a fishing vacation. Whether you plan on going all out on a fly-in trip to a luxury lodge or a budgeted trip to a cottage on a drive-in lake, you have plenty of options for planning an excellent Canadian fishing trip.
Drive-In Fishing Resorts & Lodges - Most of the places that anglers stay in Canada will be drive-in fishing resorts, lodges, camps, cabins and cottages. There are some very good fishing opportunities at many of the drive-in fishing resorts throughout Canada. Some of the more popular lakes to drive to in Canada are in Ontario. Lake of the Woods, Eagle Lake, Lac Seul, Red Lake & Lake Nipissing all offer great fishing opportunities to go along with some excellent places to stay.
Boat-In Fishing Resorts & Lodges - These types of fishing resorts, lodges and camps offer some spectacular fishing. Some boat-in fishing resorts are just as good if not better than some of the fly-in fishing resorts. There are not nearly as many boat-in fishing resorts as there are drive-in resorts or fly-in fishing resorts, but there are plenty of them available that you should be able to find one that fits your needs.
Fly-In Fishing Resorts & Lodges - Fly-in fishing is the ultimate when it comes to fishing in Canada. If you want to consistently catch good numbers of trophy-sized fish, a fly-in fishing trip is highly recommended. Some of the better fly-in fishing resorts will give anglers their best chance to target big northern pike, walleye, muskie, smallmouth bass and lake trout.
Canada Fishing Guides & Charters - Throughout Canada, there are many fishing guides & charters available. Some of these fishing guides will work out of a specific fishing resort while others will be available to fish a certain lake or a variety of lakes. Whether you are looking to target northern pike, walleye, muskie, smallmouth bass or lake trout, a good fishing guide can help make sure you have a great fishing trip.
Popular Places to Fish in Canada
Lake of the Woods is on the U.S./Canada border in northern Minnesota, with more than two thirds of the lake being in Canada. This is one of the most scenic lakes in the country with over 65,000 miles of shoreline, pristine wilderness and tons of wildlife. Lake of the Woods is one of the most popular lakes to fish in Canada and Minnesota. You can catch northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, perch, crappie and muskie. This lake has an abundant amount of trophy-sized fish available and there are plenty of drive-in fishing resorts available on this lake.
Lac Seul is the second largest body of water located entirely within the province of Ontario. It is 150 miles long with many bays, islands and narrow channels. The lake is relatively shallow with many rock shoals that provides some excellent habitat for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and perch. There are plenty of fishing resorts and lodges located on Lac Seul.
Eagle Lake is located in northwestern Ontario about 120 miles north of International Falls, Minnesota. There is plenty of water to fish with over 68,000 acres of water and over 400 miles of shoreline. Eagle Lake is a great lake for catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskie. There are plenty of fishing resorts and lodges located on the lake.
Red Lake, Ontario is located north of Lake of the Woods, Eagle Lake and Lac Seul. This area is known as the “Norseman Capital of the World,” referring to the Noorduyn Norseman aircraft which played a significant role in the development of the area. The most popular lakes to fish in this area are Red Lake and Gullrock Lake, but the Gullrock Chain of Lakes is made up of 5 lakes and they all offer good fishing to anglers. Northern pike, walleye and lake trout are the main species of fish to catch up here, but some anglers do fish for smallmouth bass, muskie, perch and whitefish.
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Walleye fishing in Canada is as good as it gets. On most drive-in and boat-in lakes in Canada, good walleye anglers can expect to catch enough walleye to eat a shore lunch every day of their trip. We’re not saying that you’re going to limit out wherever you go, but you should be able to catch plenty of walleye up here. If you are expecting the walleye fishing to be the same at every resort, lodge, cabin or cottage, you will be mistaken. Continue reading….
Canada is one of the greatest places to plan a fishing vacation for northern pike. You will find northern pike in most rivers and lakes throughout most of the country. Ontario is the most popular part of the country to catch northern pike. Lake of the Woods, Eagle Lake, Lac Seul and Red Lake are the most popular lakes in Ontario to visit. There are plenty of drive-in, boat-in and fly-in fishing resorts and lodges that are located on these lakes. Many of the fly-in fishing outposts will use one of these major lakes for their home base to fly out of. Continue reading….
The muskie fishing can be incredible in Canada. Ontario has the most options for planning a trip, but there are other places to catch muskie in Canada as well. Some of the well-known muskie lakes are Lake of the Woods, Lac Seul and Eagle Lake. In Canada, it is not uncommon to catch muskie over 50 inches and pushing close to 50 pounds. Continue reading….
Because so many anglers come to Canada for the northern pike, muskie and walleye, the smallmouth bass often get overlooked. While many anglers catch plenty of smallmouth bass when they are fishing for walleye and pike, most anglers don’t target them exclusively. This provides the bass anglers some awesome opportunities. Whether you head to Ontario’s most popular lakes of Lake of the Woods, Lac Seul and Eagle Lake or you choose to fish one of the many other lakes in Canada, you should have a great chance of catching a trophy smallmouth bass if you know how to fish for them. Continue reading….
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