- 2,000,000 lakes and rivers in Canada
- 03 oceans to fish
- 50 pound Lake trout
Glide across a misty lake in a canoe casting a line to the mournful call of loons. Try your hand at ice fishing. With an orange sunset reflecting in a clear stream, fly-fish for wild Atlantic salmon or spin-cast for bass as moose graze the lakeshore. Reel in a whitefish by the glow of the Midnight Sun. Hop a bush plane, helicopter or boat and head into the wilderness far from the nearest road for a remote fishing experience. Get away from it all and land a prize, from walleye in lakes to Arctic char in the oceans. Practice catch-and-release, enjoying the solitude and thrill while the waters stay stocked, a sustainable way to preserve resources. Experience rustic backcountry life in a cozy cabin where you can cook up the catch you’ve just landed. Picnic on fresh trout pan-fried over an open fire on a sandy beach or pamper yourself with a candle-lit dinner at a luxury log lodge where award-winning chefs prepare just-caught bass. Then settle in for a night of silence where the sounds of nature are your only alarm clock.
• Fly into a vast road-less wilderness in north-central BC, wade through some of the world’s most pristine mountain streams fly fishing for rainbow trout, then go wildlife spotting with Spatsizi Wilderness Vacations, a unique family-run eco-lodge. • Spend the day casting the ocean or rivers for salmon and trout. Return to a pampered, gourmet “glamping” experience in your African safari-style tent at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort tucked into a UNESCO Biosphere on Vancouver Island’s remote wild west side.
• Go north and go big fish fishing at Big Sand Lodge, a luxury log outpost on a Northern Manitoba lake known for its world-class trophy fishing – catch and release giant northern pike, massive lake trout and Arctic grayling. • Hunt for serious trophy fish at Webber’s Lodges in the heart of Northern Manitoba’s polar bear country - tackle northern pike, hefty lake trout and magnificent Arctic grayling.
• Land on a frozen lake in a bush plane, pull out a parka and go ice fishing for pike and pickerel in luxury at Blachford Lake Lodge. Learn to mush sled dogs before savouring musk-ox and bison for dinner, then slip into a hot tub and watch Northern Lights’ colours shimmer across the skies. In fall, paddle and fish amid brilliant autumn foliage. • Soar into the wilderness by float plane. Make a cabin or Yellow Dog Lodge your home while you fish the pristine waters of two lakes and three rivers for lake trout, northern pike, grayling and whitefish, all perfect for a leisurely shore lunch under 21 hours of Midnight Sun.
• It doesn’t get much more remote than Neultin’s series of fly in Lodges in Nunavut’s sub-Arctic tundra near the Manitoba border where northern pike and lake trout rule 120 miles of lake and Arctic grayling leap in feisty rapids.
• Travel like a rock star hopscotching across Northern Québec’s Arctic on a deluxe float plane safari with Rapid Lake Lodge. Fly fish and savour your catch on a shore-side campfire, soar alongside Labrador’s Torngat Mountains’ jagged peaks, then hike through tundra wildflowers on the lookout for polar bears, wolves and caribou.
• If you’re into fighting with fish, remote Foster Lake Lodge in northern Saskatchewan is the exciting epi-centre to do battle with northern pike, arctic grayling, walleye and whitefish. Then sit back and enjoy hearty lodge meals. • Temper a tough day of catch-and-release fishing for monster lake trout and weighty northern pike with a soothing hot stone massage at far northern Saskatchewan’s luxury fly–in Selwyn Lake Lodge.
• Grab a paddle and a fishing rod and canoe in the wake of Klondike pioneers on Ruby Range Adventure’s Fishing Safari, a 20-day trip down the iconic Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Mix up remote angling under the Midnight Sun for trout, Arctic grayling and salmon with fine cuisine, wildlife and wacky gold rush fun.
• Be prepared for a wide gamut 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 a four season sport in Canada where not even a frozen lake is a barrier to angling. • 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 basic to five-star deluxe. • 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.