Gone fishing at Ontario Parks

With over 250,000 lakes and countless rivers and creeks, Ontario is one of the world’s best places to fish. Ontario Parks’ staff across the province have lots to say about bass fishing. You can read what they think on this here. Ontario Parks also offers good trout fishing. We’ve listed a couple of choice places below. And the Ontario Parks downloadable guide to fishing in parks is available. There is also a new online fishing map tool from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources which shows anglers how to find their next best fishing spot by searching via fish species, waterbody, GPS coordinates or distances from Ontario cities, check it out.

Algonquin Provincial Park
54 different species of fish have been recorded in Algonquin Provincial Park’s 1,500 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams. Some of the finest Brook Trout and Lake Trout fishing is found here due to this park’s deep, cold water lakes located in remote areas accessible only by canoe. On lakes along Highway 60 through the southern portion of Algonquin Provincial Park, special regulations are in effect to ensure no overfishing. Friends of Algonquin Park suggest anglers refer to Canoe Routes of Algonquin Park Map to find the best backcountry fishing spots.

Quetico Provincial Park
The many interconnecting lakes and waterways of Quetico Provincial Park were once water routes travelled by the Ojibwa and fur traders. Today, Quetico largely attracts experienced canoeists. A variety of fish are found in this park. During spring, Lake Trout are plentiful. In summer, Smallmouth Bass and walleye are common catches. The park is accessible at four points by canoe and two by car (Dawson Trail Campground and Lac la Croix Ranger Station). The best fishing is in the park’s interior where limited access and a high release practice has enabled this park to retain some of Ontario’s best fishing.

Wabakimi Provincial Park
Wabakimi Provincial Park is the second largest park in Ontario’s provincial park system (after Polar Bear Provincial Park, near Hudson Bay). The Canadian, a VIA Rail passenger train carries canoes up to 18 feet long and makes mile post stops in Wabakimi Provincial Park. The train also stops in Armstrong near the park. The town has outfitters who provide fly-in services, outpost cabin and lodge accommodation and complete canoe-outfitting. Wabakimi fish species include walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, perch and whitefish.

The Park Locator, a valuable search tool found at OntarioParks.com will help you locate other provincial parks that offer fishing opportunities. More Ontario outfitters are found at Paddling Ontario, an alliance of adventure outfitters.