Ontario, with some 250,000 lakes and thousands of miles of shoreline (with borders on 4 Great Lakes), is an incredible all-season wonderland for the outdoor enthusiast. Ontario fishing offers the angler access to some of the greatest variety of fish anywhere in Canada. In fact, of the 228 total species found in Canada, 160 can be found in Ontario. Whether you are fly fishing its clean brooks for trout, jigging its crystal-clear lakes for pickerel or trolling one of the “Big” ones for salmon, you will quickly realize that Ontario has what you are looking for. Below are some of the best fishing destinations in Ontario.
Lake of the Woods
This lake is large enough to ensure that you will have plenty of fishing spots. It has over 64,000 miles of shoreline and over 1300 islands. The closest city is Kenora, Ontario, which offers full amenities whether you wish to stay in a fancy hotel, a cozy campground and everything in between.
Other area attractions include: museums, parks and hiking trails. No matter what you want the city of Kenora has it while keeping the small-town ambiance.
Species of fish available here include Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskellunge (musky), Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout and Yellow Perch.
North Bay, located on the shores of this large lake is a big city (population 63,424 with a total land area of 121.59 square miles.) with a small-town feel, like many Northern communities. It offers first-class dining, all modern amenities and luxurious accommodations for the discerning fisherman, or if you prefer to keep it rustic, a wide variety of motels, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds as well.
Species of fish available include Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskellunge (musky), Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish, Ling and Yellow Perch.
The current world record Brook Trout was caught in Lake Nipigon, weighing over 14lbs! This lake is known for harbouring huge fish. Thunder Bay is the closest town and is the most populated metropolis in north western Ontario, home to 108,359 people.
There is a range of comforts available, from upscale dining and hotels to quaint motels and fishing lodges. Aside from incredible fishing, there is a variety of area attractions, including many parks, museums, shopping centres and accessible four-season outdoor fun.
For the natural history buff, a day spent at Fort William Historical Park would be in order. This historic North West fur company trading post has been brought back to life with daily live re-enactments of what life was like in the 1800s.
Species of fish available on this lake include Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and Whitefish.
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Only a short 45 minute drive from Toronto, Lake Scugog is a great option for Torontonians looking for good fishing close by. Located between Port Perry and Lindsey and accessible via Highway 7, it is in the Kawartha lakes region though not technically part of them. The Scugog River is the only outflow and connects to Sturgeon Lake.
19 km from Bancroft, Ontario anglers will find Baptiste Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Baptiste Lake include Killaloe Station, Kawartha Lakes and Campbellford/Seymour. If Baptiste Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Hound Creek, Faraday Creek, Lunan Creek, McGarry Creek, Hudson Creek, Hamilton Creek, Leafield Creek, Bird Creek, Lighthouse Creek and Chainy Creek.
Lake Erie is one of the top places in the world to fish for freshwater game, and many populations of fish are thriving. Thankfully, over the last several decades there was a focus on repopulating this lake and now the waters are teeming with fish as a direct result.
Types Of Fishes : Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Coho Salmon, Crappie, Drum, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead Trout, Walleye, White Bass, White Perch, Whitefish, Yellow Perch
Closest Cities : St. Thomas 36km, Aylmer 38km, Westminster 47km, Westminster 50km, Tilsonburg 54km
17 km from Midland, Ontario anglers will find Orr Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Orr Lake include Wasaga Beach, Penetanguishene and Barrie. If Orr Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are McMahon Creek, Hogg Creek, Hog Creek, Sturgeon River, Wye River, Matheson Creek, Nottawasaga River, North River, Sturgeon Creek and Coldwater River.
Types Of Fishes : Black Bullhead, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Yellow Perch
Rice Lake is one of the most frequented lakes, and is said to have the most fish in Ontario, and there are many islands located in the waters. There is Harmony Island, Cow Island, Grasshopper Island, Grape Island, Black Island, and many more. If you are fishing these waters you can be sure to find your fair share of muskie, walleye, panfish, and bass.
Types Of Fishes : Bullhead, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch
Closest Cities : Peterborough 18km, Port Hope 22km, Cobourg 23km, Port Hope and Hope 24km, Campbellford/Seymour 28km