We're not kidding when we say there are over 70,000 fishable lakes in Sunset Country! With so many lakes, it's easy to back up our claim as "Canada's Premier Fishing Destination". Endless lakes also mean you'll never have to worry about crowds out on the water. The great thing about fishing our area of Canada is that we offer multi-species fishing - not just walleye, northern pike and lake trout. In Sunset Country, you get all those three plus smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskie, black crappie, perch, brook trout, sauger, and whitefish!
The fish species available varies based on the location within Sunset Country. If you know which Canadian lake you'd like to fish, visit our page with all the fishing lakes listed. You have your choice how to access your lodge: a drive-to cabin, a remote fly-in lodge or outpost, or if flying is not for you, try a remote boat-in camp.
The ultimate in table fare and the highlight of the Canadian "Shore Lunch", walleye are extremely abundant in Sunset Country. Found in a variety of lakes and rivers, the average-sized walleye in Ontario are between 1 and 3 pounds. Of course, fish over 30 inches in length and weighing over 10 pounds are a definite possibility.
If you want some of the continent's hottest action for smallmouth bass then a visit to Sunset Country is in order. Pound for pound, there is no better fighting fish so get ready for lots of wild jumping action. In some lakes, there are largemouth too!
Largemouth bass are confined to a much smaller number of lakes but some of these lakes hold really big fish.
We have pike and lots of them - numbers and size! Average pike are in the 6-8 pound range with the biggest fish reaching lengths over 40 inches and weighing more than 30 pounds.
With so many deep cool lakes, Sunset Country is an excellent choice for lake trout fishing. Lakers are distributed across Northwest Ontario and many lakes are known for their quality trout fishery. Lake trout average between 4-8 pounds but fish up to 20 pounds are not uncommon.
Sunset Country is without a doubt, one of the best destinations on the planet when it comes to muskie fishing. The Ontario record muskellunge measured in at 58 inches in length and weighed 65 pounds. What sets muskie fishing in Sunset Country apart is the number of muskie you'll catch. The key to success is to have a well-stocked tackle box with a choice of top to bottom baits.
The most northerly regions of Sunset Country and near Lake Nipigon are where you'll find trophy brook trout. River systems such as the Winisk, Sutton and Albany offer truly outstanding opportunities for brook trout. The biggest fish go up to 8 pounds with plenty of fish in the 2 to 5 pound range. Bring your fly rod with you and get ready for a wild time!
Panfish such as perch and black crappie are a favourite of many anglers. In Northwestern Ontario we have great fishing for both species. Black crappie are abundant in both Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake as well as a select number of smaller bodies of water. This gives anglers the opportunity to find a whole group of fish in a small area leading to a great day on the water.
Perch are much more widely distributed and for kids, are really fun to catch. In the summer look for perch at the shore near sunken timber and under docks.
Your Canadian fishing trip may also include fishing for whitefish or sauger. No matter what kind of fish you're looking for, in Sunset Country you'll always find a challenge with a little adventure tucked in your tackle box as well.