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Ontario Fishing

Ontario is known around the world as a Prime fishing vacation destination for World Class Canada Fishing. Featuring incredible fishing lakes like:  Lake Ontario, Lake Of The Woods, Lac Seul, Eagle Lake, Lake Nipigon and Rainy Lake, you are sure to catch your fishing limit on these and most Ontario Lakes. There are also many amazing Fly-In Fishing lakes in Ontario with unlimited Trophy sized catches.  Once you spend your fishing vacation at one of our great Ontario Fishing Lodges you will find it's a place you don't want to leave.  There is also great Ontario Real Estate for sale on Thousands of lakes, so you can find your Dream Ontario Lake Home.  Camping at Ontario Campgrounds is also a popular choice for a fun fishing vacation on Ontario Lakes.  The Greatest Fishing in the WORLD is found in Ontario Canada.


Ontario has over 250,000 lakes and thousands of rivers and streams. This vast water wonderland was designed by nature and its aquatic inhabitants have been determined by the forces of geology and ecology in such a way that an unparalleled amount of fishing pleasure has been assured for novice and expert alike. Hundreds of kilometres of Ontario's fishing waters, containing some of the best game fish known to man, produces great fishing both in the size and number of fish taken. Most Ontario lakes contain Walleye (also called pickeral). Here is a fish willing to bite at most times, and whose eating qualities are second to none.

Top Ontario Walleye Fishing Lakes

Eagle Lake Eagle Lake Ontario Fishing

Eagle Lake, Ontario specializes in Trophy Walleye, Muskie and Northern Pike.

Lake Of The Woods Lake of the Woods Ontario Fishing

Lake of the Woods, Ontario specializes in Trophy Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.

Lake Nipigon Lake Nipigon Ontario Fishing

Lake Nipigon, Ontario specializes in Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Whitefish, Lake Trout and Brook Trout.

Lac Seul  Lac Seul Ontario Fishing

Lac Seul, Ontario specializes in Trophy Walleye and Northern Pike.

Rainy Lake Rainy Lake Ontario Fishing

Rainy Lake, Ontario specializes in Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.  

Lake Nipissing Lake Nipissing Ontario Fishing

Lake Nipissing, Ontario specializes in Trophy Walleye.

Lake Simcoe Lake Simcoe Ontario Fishing

Lake Simcoe, Ontario specializes in Walleye, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch.


Ontario Walleye Fishing Tips

In the Spring, the best way to catch a trophy Ontario Walleye is to troll along the shoreline just before dark or at day-break.  In the Summer when it gets hot in Ontario, many of the big trophy Walleyes go deep. In this case, you should try drifting really slowly in the deep water.  They can still be taken in the early morning or late evening close to shore but during the day, try trolling really slow with a 3-way swivel rig and a worm harness. 15 feet deep is a good place to start while trolling along deep drop-offs or deep weed beds.  In springtime Ontario walleye will take almost any bait or lure, but may be more challenging to catch through the summer months. Fall in Ontario often brings another peak of walleye feeding activity.  Casting or trolling with spinners or minnow-imitating plugs is a good bet. Special worm harness rigs of spinners and beads are often trolled. Jigs, either traditional bucktails, or tipped with any of the modern plastics, a piece of worm or minnow are Ontario walleye angling favorites.

Lake Ontario Salmon Fishing

With one of the most vibrant populations of trout and salmon in the Great Lakes, the west end of Lake Ontario can be an exciting fishery-if you understand how to locate fish and trigger strikes.  In the spring target schools of salmon in 12-40 feet deep, the early spring season is a good time for shallow-water techniques.  Minnow-style plugs such as the reef runner dominate lure selection.  In shallow water, a Slide Diver and braided line works best.  An angler can run 50 feet or more of line behind the diving planer so salmon aren't spooked by the boat.  Downrigger lines can be lowered to tempt salmon close to the lake bottom.  In late summer and fall, salmon begin to stage around their spawning streams, and successful anglers target the drop-offs in 80-200 feet.  Chinook salmon aggressively feed before heading up the rivers to spawn.

Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass Fishing

On Lake Erie, smallmouths gang up on specific structures, and there's usually a sweet spot on that structure. Surrounded by gobies, bass don't need to roam.  Drop-shot rigs allow you to place a bait on the bulls-eye.  Read it on sonar and drop bait vertically.  In summer, smallmouth bass often suspend on subtle, deep-basin structure - 40 feet down in the Western Basin and 60 feet down in the Eastern Basin.  The best way to catch them is to drop a bait down to their level and hold it there with very little movement.  On Western Lake Erie look for small isolated points, corners, and high spots on deep humps, key spots 25-35 feet deep.  Find structure that meets the main-lake basin.  Structure ends on Lake Erie at about 40 feet, so you're looking for anomalies on that last bit of structure where it meets the basin.  Schools of big bass gather on high spots, rockpiles, outcroppings, wrecks, or anything different adjacent to that comparatively homogenous basin flat.

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Drop-shot rigs make good coverage tools.  The best way to find smallmouth bass on Lake St Clair is to locate their forage.  That means to keep moving and fishing.  Look for hard spots in the weeds on Lake St. Clair.  During the crawfish hatch, find strips of hard bottom that create pockets in vegetation.  They can produce for weeks at a time.  Drop-shot rigs are tactile; ideal for feeling your way around and finding patches of gravel, rock, and other hard-bottom areas near weededges down to 18 feet.

Ontario Brook Trout Fishing

The Brook or Speckled Trout is considered to be one of the hardest fighting fish for its size and this along with its beauty and edible qualities combine to make it one of the most highly prized gamefish. Brook Trout vary considerably in color, size and shape, depending on the water from which they are taken. Specimens from dark colored waters generally have a brown tinge, instead of the bright green of the fish taken from clear waters. At spawning time the male develops a hooked lower jaw and its lower sides turn brillant red or orange.

During the last three months of the year, Brook Trout build their nests on gravel bottoms in springbeds and riffles of streams. The female digs a nest 30-60 cm in diameter and several centimeters deep. When the nest is ready the pair of breeding fish move into it and extrude and fertilize the eggs. The female immediately goes to work covering up the eggs with gravel. Brook Trout feed, to a considerable extent, directly off the bottom of streams subsisting mainly on insects. Larger trout also feed upon fish, crayfish and other crustaceans. During the high water periods in early spring, Brook Trout prefer worms and other natural baits. After the spring floods, the trout move out of the deep pools into the riffles in search of insects.

Ontario Brown Trout Fishing

The Brown Trout is the sly fox of the trout family in Ontario waters. In some areas they are called German Browns or Lochs. Brown Trout are native to Europe and were introduced into Canada in the 1880's. They can live in water with a considerable degree of temperature variation and are the most difficult of the trout family to catch. The ones that are caught are usually larger than the Brook Trout. Their coloring is golden brown with numerous black spots which have light colored halos around them. The average size of Brown Trout taken is less than 0.5 kg (1 lb) and fish over 5 kg (10 lb) are exceptional. Because they are difficult to catch, the skilled fisherman usually gets the lunkers.

Brown Trout are usually found in the slower stretches of water in eddies behind a rock or log where it is shady. They are night feeders and thus the best catches of browns are usually taken at night, but there are exceptions, often big catches have been taken during the day. Browns are skillful in evading lures of the average angler, and even under heavy fishing pressure they manage to maintain their numbers without too much difficulty. You can be proud of your accomplishment when you have fooled and caught one of the larger browns.

Ontario Chinook Salmon Fishing

The Chinook Salmon has great size and fighting qualities that make it a prize of the highest value, known as the king of the Pacific salmon, it will readily strike a lure and then use it's tremendous strength to put up a savage battle. The chinook spend most of their lives in the open Ontario lakes where the major growth takes place, reaching maturity in 3-7 years. Spawning usually takes place in the fall in streams of large size and good flow. Broad, shallow nests or redds, 2-3 feet wide, are dug in the stream bed by the female who will lay about 5,000 eggs. The chinook's speed, power and fickle habits have left many an angler wide-eyed and fanatical. One strike and you will be a believer in the "King" of the salmon.

Ontario Coho Salmon Fishing

The Coho Salmon is a strong hearted acrobatic fighter capable of giving the angler a battle he will long remember. The coho's elongated body is metallic blue on the back and silvery on the belly and is covered with many black spots. Life for the coho begins in the winter when the eggs from the fall spawning hatch. They spend their first year in their home stream and then gradually move into the lake where they grow rapidly. Near the end of their third year in answer to their spawning drive the cohoes move toward their native streams. They feed voraciously at this time, building their reserves for the coming ordeal. With great effort these salmon then migrate upstream to spawn and die, completing their life cycle.

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