Love fishing? Some of Ontario’s best is found in provincial parks in Northern Ontario. Here are four. An Ontario fishing licence is required to fish in Ontario (an exception is the annual July Family Fishing Week). Ontario Parks also encourages catch and release.
René Brunelle Provincial Park borders Remi Lake, east of Kapuskasing. It has all the amenities a camper needs – showers, laundry, and electrical sites. Half of the lake’s shoreline is protected by the park – that’s a lot of baby fish habitat. Northern pike get their start in the weeds and hunt there when they get bigger, and small-mouth bass make the weeds their home. The park has great fishing – walleye, northern pike, yellow perch and small-mouth bass – enough to keep anglers busy, even young ones. If the kids aren’t worn out with all of the fishing, there’s always the sandy beach and playground at Phipps Point. Phipps Point is also where you can hike the La Vigilance Trail. Interpretive signs along the trail tell the story of Bush Pilots who were based on the lake in the 1920s and kept watch for forest fires.
Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park is located one hour west of Timmins. Folks say walleye and northern pike and, according to some anglers, the “Jumbo” yellow perch fishing, is great here. More than 20 km of the Ivanhoe River, which flows out of Ivanhoe Lake, can also be fished by boat before you reach the first rapids. At the park’s long sandy beach – it basically extends along most of the park’s shoreline, many shallow swimming areas are perfect for kids. The beach and park face west. The sunsets are spectacular and the wide open view is good for stargazing too.
Fushimi Lake Provincial Park is over 1,000 hectares in size (that’s 3,000 acres) and is surrounded by another 4,000 hectares of protected forest. Anglers who know Fushimi Lake Provincial Park say it’s possible to catch fish there in almost any conditions. With so many bays and islands, there are sheltered locations everywhere, and those in the know have been catching fish from boats, canoes and even shore…for years. Besides the main campground beach, there are six sandy beaches and several rocky points around Fushimi. These make it easy to get on shore when out fishing on the lake –handy if you have kids along for the trip. Shore lunches are made easy, and having your own private beach can be nice. The park is quiet – just 44 campsites so it never seems busy. The campground has showers, laundry facilities, electrical sites, boat launch and dock, and a fish cleaning station as well as bikes and canoes for rent.
Mississagi Provincial Park If you like trout fishing, this is the spot. Mississagi Provincial Park and surrounding area are filled with pristine trout lakes and streams, with good fishing opportunities for lake trout and brook trout.
Lake trout can be found in the park’s two biggest lakes – Flack and Semiwite. Recently a local angler pulled a 46lb lake trout from Flack Lake. The park has a boat launch on each lake, and the campground on Semiwite Lake has a dock a short walk from the campsites. Rawhide Lake Conservation Reserve, on the north side of the park, has several lakes that also have lake trout – Mount Lake has a public boat launch and also has small-mouth bass and northern pike.
Helenbar Lake is like having your very own trout lake in the wilderness. Brook trout are found in this semi-remote lake reached by a short trail. Motor boats are not permitted and there is no road access. Canoes on the Helenbar side can be rented to access the lake.
Nearby, the Little White River Provincial Park has great brook trout fishing that doesn’t require a boat. Highway 546 runs right through the park and along the river, making it easy to fish. The scenery of the Little White River Valley is also pretty impressive. The road is part of the City of Elliot Lake’s scenic “Deer Trail” driving route.
Mississagi also has some of the best hiking trails between Killarney and Lake Superior, with spectacular views from the many lookouts. In fall, the park, including its trails and waterways, rivals most provincial parks in Ontario.
For more information on fishing in Ontario Parks including species, facilities and services available at Ontario Parks, please download our fishing brochure.