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Known for trophy muskie, walleye, lake trout, northern pike, black crappie and bass also thrive in the pristine waters of the Northwest. Sunset Country is home to over 70,000 fishable lakes with almost every sport-fish species in the province. Quetico Provincial Park is known for a variety of fish, from brook trout to walleye. Fish the big water of Lake Superior for amazing lake trout, steelhead, and salmon.
The picturesque tributaries between Marathon and Thunder Bay hold wild brook trout in their headwaters and migratory salmon and trout in lower reaches and at rivermouths. Moving south, fly fishers can wade into the Steel and McIntyre coastal rivers of Lake Superior to find wild steelhead, coho salmon, and coaster brook trout.
Fly-in fishing in Northwest Ontario brings you into the thick of unspoiled wilderness. Try to best the world record for brook trout (14.5 lbs)on the Nipigon River or join an outfitter on the Albany River system, which flows east from Lake St. Joseph all the way across to the James Bay and is teeming with trophy walleye. Fly-in to Wabigoon or Eagle Lake and fish small mouth bass, muskie and pike.
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)