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A beautiful expanse of geography located from the top of Lake Superior to the Manitoba border, this is Northwest Ontario. Dotted with magnificent bodies of water throughout the region, this area is home to almost every freshwater sport-fish that an angler aspires to catch. Whether you are “hunting musky”, jigging for walleye, casting for massive northerns or fly fishing for brook trout or salmon, this angling mecca is truly a bucket list trip.
From the Manitoba Border to just west of Thunder Bay and all the way north to Hudson Bay is a 60,000 square mile region called Ontario’s Sunset Country, where the sun sets last in Ontario. If you are looking for famous bodies of water such as Lake of the Woods, Eagle Lake, Lac Seul, or Red Lake, look no further. This area is the number one destination in Canada for US anglers, and for good reason. With 70,000 fishable lakes in Ontario’s Sunset Country, your choices for world class angling are truly endless.
The second region is Superior Country — as you can guess from its name — is located along the top of Lake Superior from outside White River to just west of Thunder Bay and as far north as Greenstone. Whether it’s angling in the largest fresh water lake by surface area in the world, or trying to break the world record for brook trout in the Nipigon River, Superior Country can certainly answer your question “Where should I go angling this year?”
Ice anglers can find great walleye, northern pike, whitefish, black crappie, yellow perch, lake trout and brook trout. Kenora's Lake of the Woods is often the premier destination chosen by TV Fishing Show hosts like Bob Izumi for multi-species hardwater action. Resorts and outfitters can direct you to some great inland fishing holes that are often only accessible in winter by those travelling on snowmobile.
Here are ice fishing operators in the area:
Abram Lake: Northumbrian Resort, Sioux Lookout
Banning Lake Seine River Outfitters, Atikokan; Four Seasons Guiding Service, Lake Of The Woods (Kenora); LaBelle's Birch Point Camp Rainy Lake (Devlin)
Epic is a word that is utilized often, but truly describes the experience of a fly-in angling trip. Some may see this as a bucket list trip; others see it as an annual trip that started off as a once in a lifetime vacation! To say you will be “hooked” is an understatement. To anyone that is an angler, flying into a remote lake in Superior Country or Sunset Country is something that truly must be experienced. When you are visiting the only lodge on a lake, or you are the only outpost cabin, you are really experiencing a Canadian iconic angling experience.
With thousands of miles of roads, thousands of lakes, all the sought after species, many outfitters, lodges, outposts and service options, the drive to opportunities in Northwest Ontario’s two regions Sunset Country or Superior Country, share a common thread: ease of access. Whether you choose to stay at a full service drive to lodge, or drive to a houseboat rental, or set out on a back country canoe angling expedition, Northwest Ontario has everything for your next angling adventure.
Want to do remote, but don’t want to fly? Northwest Ontario has this covered as well. You can launch your own boat or get picked up at their dock and taken to your lodge/camp.Pick your species of choice, your experience of choice and how far you want to travel. It’s that simple. Get ready to experience world class fishing in Northwest Ontario.