Welcome to our Lac Seul Fishing Home Page
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 has many rock shoals that provides excellent habitat for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and perch. This lake has resorts spread out on the east end and the west end. This is a big lake and it’s not uncommon to make long runs out here. However, this lake is loaded with fish so if you put in the time to learn the areas around where you’re staying, you should be able to catch some fish close to home too. This is one of those lakes that delivers on 100 fish days and even better if you hit it just right.
Learn About the Fish
Primary Species of Fish
(West & North Side of the Lake)
Walleye & Northern Pike
The west and north side of the lake near Ear Falls is home to some awesome walleye and northern pike fishing. You will find some smallmouth bass and perch, but it is going to be mostly walleye and pike in this part of the lake.
Primary Species of Fish
(East Side of the Lake)
Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie & Smallmouth Bass
The east side of the lake has a more diverse fishery. Northern pike and walleye are here in big numbers and trophy fish are here too. However, you also can target smallmouth bass and muskie on this side of the lake. There are some trophy sized smallmouth bass and muskie in this part of the lake too.
Secondary Species of Fish
Perch, Muskie, Smallmouth Bass
While you will find smallmouth bass and muskie on the east side of the lake, they are still secondary compared to the walleye and pike. You may run into some perch as well. Trophy fish are here, but don’t expect big numbers of the secondary species.
Learn About The Lake
Fishing the Bays
There are plenty of bays to fish on Lac Seul. Some are smaller and some are so big that they will fish like smaller lakes. The bays usually are very good to fish in the spring and early summer as fish move into them to find warmer water temperatures and to spawn. Lac Seul is mostly a rocky lake, so you aren’t going to find tons of weed beds here, but the shallower bays are the places to search for some weeds. These are usually the better northern pike spots earlier in the year.
Fishing the Creeks, Spillways & Waterfalls
There are some areas on the lake that has water flowing into Lac Seul. Some of these spots can be very good for fishing, especially earlier in the year.
Fishing the Drop-offs
Lac Seul is deep and the drop-offs are going to be the main pattern you will be fishing. Target the drop-offs along the rocky shorelines, just off the islands and near the reefs and you’ll catch more fish.
Fishing the Islands
There are so many islands to fish and most of them will hold some walleye and pike. Some will be flat out awesome and others will not produce on that day or time you are fishing them. Find the islands that have wind pushing waves up onto them. These spots are almost always better than the calm sides of the islands. Fish the drop-offs and plan on fishing plenty of rock.
Fishing the Points
There are tons of rocky points coming off of islands or the main land shorelines. The points can be great spots for walleye and pike, especially when you have some depth and some wind pushing water into these spots.
Fishing the Reefs
There are plenty of reefs throughout Lac Seul. You actually have to be super careful on this lake for navigating your boat because of these reefs. Many of these reefs will also provide great summer and fall fishing for walleye, northern pike and on the east side of the lake, you will find smallmouth bass too.
Fishing the Rocks
Lac Seul is loaded with rocks, so plan on fishing the rocks while fishing here. From rocky shorelines, to points to islands to reefs, you are going to find rocks everywhere and the walleye and pike will be there too.
Fishing the Weeds
There aren’t a ton of weeds on Lac Seul, but some of the better weed beds that you can find in the bays will hold northern pike and some other fish too.
Popular Fishing Techniques on Lac Seul
Jigging & Drop Shotting
This lake is perfect for breaking out the jigs and drop shot rigs. All you really need is a jig or drop shot rig and a lively minnow to fish this lake. Leeches are worms are good late spring through early fall baits and soft plastics look great too. There are tons of rocks here, so you have lots of water to fish without worrying about getting hung up in weeds.
There are plenty of places to cast if you want to break out the casting gear. Some anglers cast for walleye early in the season, but most of the casters on this lake will be targeting northern pike or smallmouth bass. The pike fishing is much better than the smallmouth bass, so if you want to cast for pike, plan on having plenty of points, islands, rocky shorelines and bays to fish.
Fishing with live bait is an easy choice. It’s your best bet to put a 50 to 100 walleye day together, however, when you can catch this many fish, it can get expensive with live bait. Live minnows are best here, but nightcrawlers and leeches are great too.
Run & Gun
This is a big lake, so the waves have to be working in your favor to run and gun here. Most anglers will make long runs to get to certain sections, then they fish those sections pretty hard. Because it’s such a good walleye lake, you won’t see as many boats using the run and gun approach as you would if you were on a good bass lake. It can be effective, but you may only need one or two runs and then you should be on some fish.
Trolling with the Big Motor
This can be very effective here and many anglers do troll for walleye here. Break out the crankbaits and spinner rigs and have fun catching.
Slow Trolling with the Trolling Motor
This is a very effective way to fish your live baits vertically while still covering a little bit of water as well. Use live baits or soft plastics and keep your boat over productive water and you’ll catch a lot of fish with this technique.
This lake is huge and when the wind blows, it sets you up perfectly to drift in many spots. With a slight walleye chop and a nice, long rocky shoreline, you can drift live baits and soft plastics to catch a lot of walleye and pike here.
When you find a big school of fish, you may want anchor and fish that spot hard. Lac Seul is known for having some spots that hold hundreds of walleye. If you can find one of them, anchoring may be the best way to fish it thoroughly.