Discover fishing experiences as varied as our watery landscapes.

  • 13 provinces and territories where you can cast a line
  • 180 species from oceans, lakes and streams
  • 06 types of salmon to chase
Feel a pickerel’s nibble on a crisp Prairie day surrounded by brilliant autumn foliage. A swift tug means a shimmering rainbow trout has grabbed your fly. Haul a halibut from the deep or watch icebergs drift past your Arctic char fishing hole. Forage for your own prawn or lobster lunch. Play a feisty salmon as bald eagles soar above mist-shrouded cedars. Jig for walleye through a frozen lake. Feel the thrill of a Muskie leaping clear of its Northern waters or a monster sturgeon emerging from the Fraser River. Treat the family to a mellow houseboat float, one eye on a line into promising waters.    From sea to sea to sea and across endless streams, rivers and lakes Canada’s 180 salt and freshwater fish species rival the scenery for diversity. The abundance of sports fish is a sign of Canada’s healthy eco-system, so grab a tackle box and get out there - fishing means fresh, a logical locavore pastime. Or practise catch-and-release, taking with you only solitude and calmness.    Join guides and hosts to enjoy your just-caught Arctic char on a frozen lake or fry up those pickerel on a summer afternoon beach picnic. Revel in fishing experiences from tranquil to adrenalin-stoking, then savour the delicious variety of Canada’s seafood menus.  

Alberta

• Drill a hole through a frozen lake and angle for perch and whitefish in Fort McMurray as the Northern Lights shimmy across the sky above you. Or come in summer for a shot at giant walleye and Northern  pike.

British Columbia

• Join a marine biologist guide in search of delicious red rock crabs while giant spot prawns make their way into traps you lowered into a Vancouver Island fjord near Brentwood Bay Resort. Then haul them up and  toss them on the marina barbecue to enjoy grilled with a glass of wine or beer. • Try scoring a Tyee, a trophy salmon before joining a guide to watch Grizzly bears try their luck at fishing in a rainforest stream. Kayak with Orca whales or dine deluxe and end the day soaking in a hot tub at Sonora Resort on an island in BC’s Inside Passage.   • Have a teeming fishing hole in the wild all to yourself when you heli-fish for salmon and Cutthroat trout from your base at the rustic/chic luxury of  fly-in Nimmo Bay Resort on BC's central coast. Then prowl the mossy rainforest in search of rare white Spirit Bears. 

Manitoba

• Go for legendary trophy walleye in one of Canada’s deepest lakes where Voyageurs once paddled, then marvel at the star-splashed skies above your log cabin at remote Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge.  • Pining for monster Northern pike? Try Big Sand Lake Lodge, a five-star adventure fly-in fishing epi-centre amid lakes and rivers crowded with trout and Arctic grayling as well. 

Newfoundland

• Send your reel spinning in one of 19 clear rivers in the wilds of Northern Newfoundland fly-fishing for Atlantic salmon. Cruise around drifting icebergs then dine gourmet on seared scallops and a traditional salt cod Jiggs dinner at legendary Tuckamore Lodge.

Northwest Territories

• Catch a lake trout in the wide open Northern wilderness and let the guides from Yellow Dog Lodge prepare it over an open fire with all the fixings in the classic Canadian shore lunch tradition.    • After a day of ice fishing for pike and pickerel at Blachford Lake Lodge savour a meal of musk-ox tenderloin and Saskatoon berry crumble under the shimmering Aurora Borealis.   • Fish for Northern pike and grayling, then flight-see over Nahanni's mountain ranges, plateaus, canyons and plummeting Virginia Falls while staying at Nahanni Naturalist Lodge, the only aboriginal-owned-and-operated eco-lodge in spectacular Nahanni National Park Reserve.  

Ontario

• Bass, pike and walleye are up for grabs in some of the 1,600 lakes in Ontario's cottage country of Muskoka/Georgian Bay north of Toronto where long, lazy summer days are perfect for canoeing, swimming and hiking. Spoil yourself at a wilderness resort, hole up in a cozy cottage or pitch a tent on a lakeshore.  

Prince Edward Island

• Join a lobster fishing excursion with Top Notch Lobster Tours, learn to captain the boat, spot trap buoys and pull up luscious lobsters for lunch.

Quebec

• Rent a rowboat and fish world-class Atlantic salmon rivers near Matane on Québec’s Gaspe Peninsula, keeping an eye open for plentiful grazing moose.  • Soar north to Québec’s sub-Arctic region of Nunavik on a  float plane safari out of Rapid Lake Lodge to fly-fish for Arctic char and trout, then savour your catch over a shore-side campfire under the Midnight Sun.  

Saskatchewan

• Test yourself against Northern Saskatchewan’s pristine freshwater Big Five - 20- to 30-pound northern pike, lake trout, walleye, Arctic grayling and whitefish in the wilderness surrounding Foster Lake Lodge.

Yukon

• Sign on to one of Ruby Range Adventure’s fishing safaris, hit the rivers and lakes and pair up record lake trout, Arctic grayling, Northern pike, Rainbow trout and salmon with a rustic cabin or a luxury backcountry lodge. 

Weather

• Be prepared for a wide range of rapidly changing weather year round, particularly in Canada’s North and on the coasts. Foggy days, no matter the season, are common on the BC and Eastern maritime coastlines.  • Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.  
When to go
• Fishing is always in season in Canada, depending on what you’re looking to angle and where. • In British Columbia, the season runs year-round: Summer (June to September) for saltwater salmon, river trout and sturgeon, Fall (late August to November) for river salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, Winter (November to February) for steelhead and Spring (March to May) for spring salmon and rainbow trout. • In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the season generally opens in May and is optimal through October for northern pike, walleye, lake trout, arctic grayling, rainbow trout, brook trout and yellow perch. • In Northern Canada, the optimal months are June through August, although ice fishing under the Northern Lights is pretty spectacular. • In Newfoundland and Labrador, salmon season runs early June to mid-September.
Need to know
• You will need a fishing license. Most provinces sell these online. Canada's fishing regulations. • While there are plenty of watering holes to idle away the hours, fly-in fishing to remote locations is best accessed through outfitters and lodges. Accommodations and facilities range from super deluxe to ultra-basic. • Grizzly bears migrate during late summer and early fall to the BC coastal areas to feed on salmon. It’s important not to disturb their habitat. • While some of the more luxurious lodges provide all-weather clothing and even fishing gear for clients, it’s always better, if possible, to bring your own.