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Canada Fishing

 

Deciding where to go on your next Canada Fishing Trip requires some thought, especially when you consider the ten Provinces and two Territories that make up Canada. The variety of fishing that can be found among them is outstanding, and the different fishing trips available to you are countless. Canada has both freshwater and saltwater fishing with thousands of lakes, hundreds of rivers and great ocean fishing opportunities. Many choices exist for choosing your next Canada Fishing Trip. Fishing Resorts, Fish Camps, Fishing Lodges, Camping, River Trips, Ocean Fishing Charters or a combination of these are the major categories to choose from. No doubt, much of the appeal of Canada Fishing has to do with the possibility of catching trophy size fish. Canada genuinely offers more chances for trophy fish than any other area in the World. The great fishing in so many Canadian waters is mostly the result of the protection they have enjoyed from fishing pressure. There are thousands of lakes in Canada that will only see a handful of anglers every year, and this helps sustain a thriving fish population.

 

 

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Canada Fishing Lakes

Canada Northern Pike Fishing

 

Northern Pike are caught in lakes and rivers throughout Canada, but the best pike waters are in the northern halves of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. The best times to catch Northern Pike are after spawning in late May and June, or September and October. In spring, the largest Northern Pike lie in the shallow water of the south facing bays in the weeds. There they lurk in the warmest water to feed or to recover from spawning. The first three to four weeks after ice-out are dynamite for big pike. By midsummer the big pike will often seek out deeper, colder waters and feed less frequently. It's a fairly consistent rule that large lakes and river systems yield the largest Northern Pike. Large spoons or plugs are best, though some pike fishers prefer spinners and large surface flies. When it comes to live bait, Northern Pike will eat everything: perch, minnows, whitefish, suckers, frogs, snakes, crayfish, leeches, mice, and young waterfowl.

 

Top Canada Northern Pike Fishing Lakes

 

Lake of the Woods

Lac Seul

Rainy Lake

Lake Nipissing

Eagle Lake

Lake Nipigon

 

 

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Canada Muskie Fishing

 

The Muskie looks very similar to the Northern Pike, but is generally larger and exhibits different behavior and feeding patterns. In northern Canada lakes and rivers, Muskie are late spawners. In fact, the Muskie is usually the last fish to spawn in the spring. The angling season for Muskie does not open until after the spawning season in mid-June and after that the fun begins. Muskie occupy the very top of the food pyramid, so they are less numerous than the fish beneath them. Muskie require deep, cold-water lakes to grow to a large size. Only deep lakes that support a good population of quality baitfish like ciscoes and whitefish will hold large Muskie. Ontario is known for the best Walleye population in Canada, and some of the best Muskie waters in the World.

 

Top Canada Muskie Fishing Lakes

 

Lake St. Clair

Lake of the Woods

Lac Seul

Eagle Lake

Crow Lake

Lake Nipissing

Georgian Bay

 

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Canada Lake Trout Fishing

 

The Lake Trout is a creature of the depths. Its appeal is in its size and its mystery as a deep-water monster. The farther north you go in Canada, the bigger and more abundant the Lake Trout get. Large Lake Trout come in large lakes, and if you are unfamiliar with the largest of these lakes, an experienced fishing guide is a great asset. With Lake Trout in Canada the rule is, the earlier the better. Up north this usually means late May and June depending on how far north you fish. By July and August the Lake Trout are down deep, this can be fun fishing if you know how to locate them. The trick is to find the thermocline. The thermocline is a gradient separating the warmer upper waters from the cool depths below. It is in these cool depths that you'll find your summer Lake Trout. Each Canada lake has its own thermocline; the depth depends on the size and location of the lake. In deep water during the summer months you can catch them by trolling a variety of lures.

 

Top Canada Lake Trout Fishing Lakes

 

Great Bear Lake

Lake Nipigon

Lake Champlain

Lake Athabasca

Lake Superior

Eagle Lake

Great Slave Lake

Nueltin Lake

Crow Lake

 

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Canada Fishing Regulations

 

Each Canadian Province and Territory has different fishing regulations and it is very important that you know and follow the regulations for the fish and area you are fishing. Barbless hooks, single hooks, slot-size limits, and catch and release are examples of regulations in many areas. You must also have a fishing license for the area you are fishing. Many fishing resorts and lodges in Canada can sell you a fishing license for that area or you can purchase them online:

 

Ontario Fishing License

British Columbia Fishing License

Alberta Fishing License

Manitoba Fishing License

Saskatchewan Fishing License

New Brunswick Fishing License Information

Nova Scotia Fishing License Information

Newfoundland Fishing License Information

Prince Edward Island Fishing License

 

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Canada Walleye Fishing

 

In most of Canada the Walleye (or Pickerel) is the most sought after fish for anglers. Walleye spawn in the spring, so from June through Winter they are quite catchable. In the clearest of Canada lakes they will feed all through the night or during the day when it's cloudy or just before a weather front moves through. Their eyes are too light-sensitive for ordinary daytime feeding, but in the muddier lakes and rivers they will feed throughout the day. In the clear lakes, fish the depths and the shadows of boulders. The ideal Walleye water is somewhat turbid and shallow. Walleyes love minnows and small fish, especially perch and ciscoes. Unlike Northern Pike, Walleyes feed in schools, so when you get a nibble you should assume there are more around. Still fishers use minnows, leeches, and other live bait. Spin fishers use jigs, spinners, and spoons. Jigging on or near the bottom is the favored method by many Walleye fishermen.

 

Top Canada Walleye Fishing Lakes

 

Lake Erie

Lake of the Woods

Lac Seul

Rainy Lake

Lake Winnipeg

Eagle Lake

Lake Nipissing

Lac Des Mille Lacs

Lake Nipigon

 

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Canada King Salmon Fishing

 

King Salmon are also known as Chinook Salmon and they grow to very large sizes in Canadian waters. King Salmon generally travel in deep water between 60-120 feet and prefer a slow-moving lure. British Columbia provides the best King Salmon fishing in Canada, and some of the best in the World. The south coast of British Columbia has milder weather and more top-notch accommodations. While the north coast is a wilder, colder, and wetter place to fish, but the Salmon are enormous and abundant. A fish of 30 pounds or larger is considered a Tyee Salmon, or trophy. And an average sized King Salmon in Canada waters weighs about 18 pounds.

 

Top Canada King Salmon Fishing Lakes

 

Lake Ontario

Lake Superior

Chilko Lake

Lake Huron

 

 

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Canada Rainbow Trout Fishing

 

British Columbia and Alberta are known for being home to some of the greatest Rainbow Trout fishing in the World. Rainbow Trout are great fighters, and for anglers who prefer to troll the lakes, a wet fly on a sinking line is typically the best for hooking and landing these fish. Rainbow Trout are available in Canada all across the north, all across the prairies and especially, all through British Columbia. Those found in inland rivers and streams are usually the Kamloops Rainbow Trout, while those that roam the Great Lakes and tributary streams are known as Steelhead. What mostly sets the Steelhead apart from the Kamloops is its greater size. While the Kamloops averages 12 to 28 inches in length, Steelhead will run between 20 to 30 inches long. Always adapt your bait or lure to local conditions and try to get to know the lake or stream before fishing it. It helps to know that in the early morning and late evening, many large Rainbow Trout come in to the shallows to cruise for food. Or that in a river, upstream casting is often more effective than downstream casting. The best Rainbow Trout fishing is typically in late summer and fall. September and October can be outstanding.

 

Top Canada Rainbow Trout Fishing Lakes

 

Lake Ontario

Okanagan Lake

Chilko Lake

Quesnel Lake

Lake Superior

 

 

 

Canada Fishing Regulations

Canada Border Regulations

 

When you enter Canada, you are entering a foreign country which has its own laws. Canadian laws place restrictions on what can be brought into Canada and similarly the U.S. has laws governing what can be brought into the U.S. from Canada. These restrictions are called border regulations. When crossing the border going into Canada and returning to the U.S. you will be asked questions by the border guards. The border guards will also have the right to search you and your vehicle for illegal materials. Since 9/11 border crossing rules have become more strict, here is a good site for more information on Canada Border Regulations.