Area Waters

Some of the better lakes to fish will be just away from Thunder Bay.  Below are just some of the lakes in this area.  There are many more here as well and you can find walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass in many of them.

Arrow Lake

Arrow Lake is a longer, more narrow lake.  Arrow Lake Provincial Park is here, which helps give people access to this lake.  Anglers target walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike here.

Dog Lake

Dog Lake is a large lake with over 500 miles of shoreline.  There are plenty of bays, islands and reefs to fish here for a variety of fish.  The fishing is good for northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and perch.  Whitefish are here too, but they prefer very deep water.  It’s a good lake for action and quality fish are possible as well.

Lake Superior / Thunder Bay

Lake Superior provides some great fishing, however, if you don’t have the right size boat, you’re going to need to look at hiring a fishing charter.  There are several charters here that target salmon and trout on the bay.  In addition to salmon and trout, northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye are here too.  It’s a popular summer destination, however, lots of people that don’t have a boat get to enjoy fishing the bay area in the winter when the ice is thick enough.

Urban Angling

There are a lot of fishing opportunities minutes from the Thunder Bay downtown area.  Anglers can catch salmon, trout, walleye, perch, pike and more.

Fisherman’s Park – Current River – Boulevard Lake

Pink salmon, rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch and more.

Kaministiquia River

Walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch and carp.  There is a public boat access at Mission Island and Mountdale Ave.

McIntyre River

Rainbow trout

Neebing River

Rainbow trout

Prince Arthur’s Landing – Marina Park

Northern pike, perch and some walleye too.

Northern Light Lake

Northern Light Lake is a good sized lake with plenty of depth and lots of room to fish.  There are some accommodations on this lake and there are a variety of fish here.  Anglers target walleye, smallmouth bass, lake trout, northern pike, perch and whitefish.

Sandstone Lake

Sandstone Lake is a deep, clear lake with good fishing opportunities for those that know how to fish clear water.  Walleye, smallmouth bass, perch and whitefish are here.  Many anglers report tough fishing due to the clear water, but there are plenty of fish here to catch.  Just fish during low light conditions and use lighter line with fluorocarbon leaders if you want to catch fish here.

Whitefish Lake

Whitefish Lake is a decent-sized lake about an hour or so from the Thunder Bay area.  It isn’t a very deep lake, which makes it easier to fish and it is home to walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass.  There are some accommodations on this lake.