Fishing in Canada

  • 12 months of fishing
  • 180 species of saltwater and freshwater fish
  • 05 types of Pacific salmon

Angling for adventure? Then drop your line in Canada. We’re bordered by three oceans, ribboned by clean freshwater lakes and rivers, and teeming with 180 species of fish as diverse as our landscapes — all of which make for extraordinary fishing experiences.

No matter where you choose to cast in Canada, you’ll find yourself in some of the most pristine regions in the world. Head via floatplane to deluxe headquarters in legendary Haida Gwaii to cast for wild Pacific salmon and halibut. Catch arctic grayling under July’s Midnight Sun. Revel in hard-earned victory as you reel in trophy northern pike (yes, they really are THAT big) amid the breathtaking scenery of fly-in lakes. Gaze in awe at the shimmering Northern Lights after ice fishing for monster trout and dining surf-and-turf on caribou and arctic char. Make your reel scream as you haul in a white sturgeon, North America's largest freshwater game fish. Stand in a clear stream in primal Canadian wilderness practicing catch-and-release, taking in only solitude and calmness.

The infinite fishing opportunities will lure you to Canada, but what will keep you casting here is the warm and welcoming nature of the locals, the extensive knowledge of your guides and the attitude that in Canada, every day is a great day for fishing.

British Columbia

  • Hop a floatplane, paddle a kayak, fish the ocean or a stream for salmon, then indulge in a gourmet meal prepared by a seasoned chef at deluxe Sonora Resort, situated in the breathtaking Inside Passage.
  • Fishing and “glamping” go together at eco-luxe Clayoquot Wildnerness Resort, tucked into a unique UNESCO Biosphere on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island. After a day of guided ocean or river fishing (salmon and trout), followed by a superb meal, sink into blissful sleep in a glamorous safari-style tent.
  • Heli-fish for wild salmon and cutthroat trout, then search for rare white grizzlies in a mossy rainforest as a guest at the elegant yet rustic Nimmo Bay, a fly-in resort on BC’s central coast just across from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island’s northern tip.
  • Angling for trout? Look no further than Spatsizi Fly Fishing Lodge, which has exclusive access to some of the most beautiful, prolific and unspoiled trout fishing in the world, including in the legendary Firesteel River.

Manitoba

  • You’ll land some serious trophy fish at Webber’s Lodges in the heart of polar bear country: savage northern pike, massive lake trout and magnificent arctic grayling.
  • World-class walleye fishing is a cast away at Aikens Lake, one of the top destinations for this species in North America. Establish your headquarters for walleye adventure in the cozy log cabins of Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge.
  • If you’re keen on hauling in monster northern pike and well as casting in lakes and rivers teeming with trout, walleye and arctic grayling –– then head to Big Sand Lake Lodge for the fly-in adventure of a lifetime.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Fly-fish for Atlantic salmon in the misty morning, cruise around drifting icebergs in the afternoon, then tuck into seared scallops, wild Atlantic salmon and a traditional salt cod Jiggs dinner at Tuckamore Lodge.
  • Stand in a clear stream in the wilds of Labrador close by Rifflin Hitch Lodge fly-fishing for wild Atlantic salmon and send your reel spinning.

Northwest Territories

  • The fishing for lake trout, northern pike, grayling and whitefish may reel you in to Yellow Dog Lodge, but it’s the gloriously pristine Northern Canadian wilderness that makes this trip unforgettable.
  • Savour musk-ox tenderloin and Saskatoon berry crumble under the shimmering Northern Lights after ice fishing for pike and pickerel at Blachford Lake Lodge.

Nunavut

  • If you’re angling for a catch-and-release experience in untouched wilderness, you’ll find it at Nueltin Fly-in Lodges on the Manitoba/Nunavut border. Trophy northern pike and monster lake trout rule the depths of these waters, while arctic grayling dance in the rushing rapids.

Saskatchewan

  • If you’re passionate about river fishing, head to the pristine, remote lakeshore of Foster Lake Lodge, where fly-in river fishing for northern pike, arctic grayling, walleye and whitefish will put all your skills to test.
  • Indulge in a hot stone massage after a hard day of casting for monster lake trout and huge northern pike at Selwyn Lake Lodge.

Yukon

  • Ruby Range Adventure’s Fishing Safari pairs spectacular fishing in remote wilderness areas under the Midnight Sun with outstanding cuisine and the luxurious comforts of a first-class hotel.

Weather

  • There’s a saying amongst anglers in Canada: “You don’t choose the weather for fishing, the weather chooses you.” In most provinces, fishing season runs early spring to late fall, with ice fishing in colder regions in winter. Prepare for changing weather patterns of sun, rain, clouds and on BC’s coast, fog, no matter the season. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Enviroment 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.
Getting Here

The gateway to most angling adventures, particularly fly-in fishing (which at some point will involve floatplanes), starts from a province or territory’s major hub.