Types of Fishing Available in Ontario


Fishing takes many forms, depending on the water, species sought, type of equipment, the location and the experience you seek. Ontario offers something for everyone.

Family Fishing  

Ontario is a great place for a family fishing vacation. With the abundance of species available, children don't have to wait long before the action begins.  Provincial parks, camps and resort settings are seldom far from great fishing. Tourist outfitters and resort operators are happy to tailor their packages for families who love to fish. Round out your family holiday with swimming, horseback riding, shopping, theme park or museum visits and everyone will have an array of great memories.


Fishing Charters and Guided Trips  


Don't worry if you don't have a boat of your own, or don't know where to go to fish. You can leave it to the experts and hire a charter service or fishing guide. Whether it's superb salmon, trout or walleye fishing on the Great Lakes or for accessing a new lake each day on a week-long getaway in Northern Ontario, charter operators and guides can provide everything you'll need. Contact the Travel Information Centre in the area you'd like to fish for a list of operators, or visit the website of the Ontario Sportfishing Guides Association.

Wilderness Experiences  


Ontario has thousands of remote lakes where wilderness fishing opportunities abound. Tourist operators can fly you into a solitary retreat where your cabin will be the only one on the lake. Or, you can canoe into the interior of Ontario's magnificent wilderness. As an added attraction, you will have a chance to see Ontario's incredible wildlife in truly natural settings.


Trophy Fishing  


If you're looking for that absolutely unforgettable fishing experience there's plenty of trophy material in Ontario waters. Record fish are a real possibility here: muskellunge in Northwestern Ontario, brook trout in the James Bay Frontier or walleye in the Great Lakes. Fish in Ontario and you could be telling the tale about the one that didn't get away.




Some of Ontario's larger lakes and lake districts have become recognized as premier tournament waters, with anglers from across North America competing for recognition and some impressive prizes. These tournaments emphasize 'catch and youngsters with an ice-fished walleyerelease'.


Ice Fishing  


If you enjoy winter's splendor then Ontario is the place for your hard-water fishing. In the southern part of Ontario ice fishing commonly occurs for about three months of the year. Further north, this period may stretch close to five months. Whether you desire an ice fishing package for a weekend or full week at a luxurious resort, or simply want to go out on your own, Ontario has lots of ice and lots of fish! Hut rentals are often available. Dress appropriately for the cold and make the most of winter.