Canada Fishing Trips in Ontario's Sunset Country

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Fishing Trips to Canada: Fish Thousands of Lakes With Walleye, Bass, Pike, Muskie and Trout

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.

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Walleye Fishing

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. 

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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 Fishing

Largemouth bass are confined to a much smaller number of lakes but some of these lakes hold really big fish.

Northern Pike Fishing

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.

Lake Trout Fishing

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. 

Muskie Fishing

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.

Brook Trout Fishing

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! 

Crappie Fishing

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 Fishing

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.

Northwestern Ontario Fishing Tournaments - 2017


 Family Fishing Weekend 
Any Lake in Ontario - February 18-20

Agimak Lake Ice Fishing Derby 
Agimak Lake, Ignace - February - TBA - 807-394-2990 or 807-934-2202


Annual Stratton Fishing Derby 
Morley Park, Rainy River - May 20 - 807-483-5455

Emo Walleye Classic 
Rainy River, Emo - May 25-27 - 807-482-2171


Sioux Lookout Walleye Weekend Tournament 
Abram, Pelican, Botford Lakes, Sioux Lookout - June 10-11 - 807-737-1937 or 807-737-1323

Dryden Walleye Masters 
Wabigoon Lake, Dryden - June 17-18 - 807-938-7641


Kenora Walleye Open 
Lake of the Woods, Kenora - July 1-2 - 204-795-0050

Family Fishing Week 
Any Lake in Ontario - July 1-9 - 877-822-8881

Shoal Lake Bass Classic 
Shoal Lake, Shoal Lake Band #39, Shoal Lake - July 8-9 - 807-733-2560 or 807-733-3191

Nestor Falls Children/Youth Fishing Tournament 
Bass Lake Park, Nestor Falls - July 16 - 807-226-5241

Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship 
Rainy Lake, Fort Frances - July 20-22 - 807-274-2028

Bronzeback Classic 
Lake of the Woods, Kenora: July 22-23 - 807-468-4077 or 807-548-4547

Agimak Lake Fishing Derby 
Agimak Lake, Ignace: - TBA - 807-934-2990 or 807-934-2202

English River Bass Challenge 
English River System, Grassy Narrows: TBA - 807-925-2201

Nestor Falls Bass Bash 
Lake of the Woods, Nestor Falls: - TBA - 807-226-5241

Angler & Young Angler Walleye Tournament 
Wabigoon Lake, Dryden - July TBA Tracy Gustafson: 807-937-2674


Kenora Bass International 
Lake of the Woods, Kenora - August 10-12

Angler & Young Angler Walleye Fishing Tournament 
Red Lake: August 5 - Mark Vermette 807-727-2747 or Bob Uhrina 807-727-2747

Atikokan Bass Classic 
Marmion Lake, Atikokan - August 18-19 - 807-597-2940

Morson Bass International 
Lake of the Woods, Morson - August 18-20

Angler & Young Angler National Championship 
Lake of the Woods, Kenora - TBA

English River Bass/Walleye Challenge 
English River System, Grassy Narrows - TBA - 807-925-2201


Red Lake Fall Classic Catch & Release Walleye Tournament 
Red Lake Chain of Lakes, Red Lake - Sept 2-3 - 807-727-3275

Perch Lake Bass Challenge 
Perch Lake, Atikokan - Sept 2-3 - Email: [email protected]

Bassin' for Bucks 
Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows - Sept 8-10 - 807-226-5226 or 807-226-5684

Crow Lake Classic 
Crow (Kakagi) Lake, Nestor Falls - Sept 16-17 - Anglers Pro Shop: 807-484-2525

Rainy River Walleye Tournament 
Rainy River - September 21-23 - 807-852-3244

Nestor Falls Musky Cup 
Lake of the Woods, Nestor Falls - Sept 22-23

Last Chance Bass 
Shoal Lake, Shoal Lake Band #39, Shoal Lake - Sept 23-24 - Randy Paishk: 807-733-3191

Whitefish Bay Fall Bass Classic 
Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods - Sept - 807-226-5411

Lac La Croix Bass Classic 
Nequaquon Lake, Lac La Croix Fort Frances - TBA - 807-485-2431


Lake of the Woods Walleye Challenge 
Lake of the Woods, Morson - Oct 6-7 - 807-276-0311

Ontario Angler Awards Programs

OFAH Ontario Angler Awards 
All bodies of water in Ontario - January 1-December 31

Sioux Lookout District Master Angler Catch & Release Program 
All bodies of water around Sioux Lookout - November 1-October 31 - Sioux Lookout Information Centre: 807-737-2991

Ontario Fishing Regulations

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has their Sport Fishing Regulations Summary available for downloading in an Adobe Acrobat file. The file is broken up into sections which makes downloading faster.

Please note: These dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit their websites to ensure the dates are correct.