Fishing

FRESHWATER FISHING AT ITS BEST

RIGHT HERE, IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO

Northeastern Ontario’s lakes and waterways are the perfect place to set your sights on your next personal best. Driving through this region you’ll see freshwater every few minutes–and it’s hard not to stop and drop a line when you do!

Northeast Ontario caters to a number of different fishing styles–freshwater and fly fishing, canoe and kayak angling, powerboats, and ice fishing on foot or by snowmobile. The waterways here could keep you busy for a lifetime, never touching the same lake twice–as long as you’re willing to wet a line. 

Take full advantage of our pristine lakes and rivers by enjoying a stay in one of our world-class lodges and camps. Use the map below to to find the perfect accommodations for your family or group or visit our Places to Stay page.

At our fishing lodges and camps, you’ll find experienced guides, boats for rent, remote fly-in experiences, lakes and rivers with plentiful stocks and local experts who can point you in the right direction, no matter what style of fishing you’re doing, or what species you’re after. They offer everything from housekeeping cabins to full American plans where every detail is taken care of. All that’s left for you to do is fish and relax. 

If you’re looking to enjoy our lakes for a day, there are plenty of public launches throughout the region–and you’ll find locals eager to help.

Public launch signs can be seen throughout Northeastern Ontario and there are dozens of lodges and parks with easy public access. Last minute unplanned trips, especially in the shoulder season, will still reward you with fish–just keep any eye on fishing seasons and restrictions before you travel to ensure a successful trip. There are so many easy ways to plan your escape! 

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Partner Listings

Sid Turcotte Park

Sid Turcotte Park near North Bay and Area in Mattawa. Operates March to October.

Bay Wolf Camp

Bay Wolf Camp is located on the shore of West Shining Tree Lake in the hamlet of Shining Tree. Our...

Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort

Mike and Brenda Martel wish you a warm welcome to their beautiful golf and ski resort, a great year-round vacation...

Mowat Landing Cottages

Mowat Landing Cottages is located at the road’s end, on the banks of the Montreal River, in beautiful Northern Ontario....

Camp Conewango

Camp Conewango is a resort on the north shore of Lake Talon with a seasonal campground that is perfect for...

Agnew Lake Lodge

Agnew Lake Lodge offers year-round accommodations and recreational packages. This winter we have new snowmachine trails, guided tours, ice fishing,...

Happy Day Lodge

Happy Day Lodge near Timmins and Cochrane and Area in Chapleau

Big Moose Camp Resort

Big Moose Camp is a family owned and operated four season resort on Lake Nosbonsing, near North Bay. A place...

Mattawa River Resort

Travelers who love the great outdoors will delight in a vacation at the Mattawa River Resort. Located in the heart...

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

More than your average hotel, Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa has all of the amenities you could desire, including comfortable...

Great Escape Cabins

Surrounded by Crown Land, Great Escape Cabins is a northern cabin and campground resort, in the beautiful French River. Located...

Municipality of Callander

Located 15 kilometers south of North Bay, Callander’s lush trails and parks, sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets provide a perfect...

Bear’s Den Lodge

We are a family friendly and family owned operation with over 35 years of experience. Bear’s Den Lodge is located...

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground is located on the Wolseley River flowing into the beautiful French River. We offer tenting...

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort is a 4 seasons resort located just outside of the town of Elk Lake. Our 10...

Killarney Mountain Lodge and Conference Centre

As the sun sets, the warm glow of pink granite radiates off of the water. In the distance, sparkling white...

Avalon Eco Resort

Avalon Eco Resort is an Off-Grid-Resort offering 6 rustic but cozy lakefront housekeeping cabins and campsites for tenting. We are...

Mattawa Adventure Camp

We are a year round camp located in up North in the beautiful town of Mattawa Ontario. We are situated...

Beautiful Log Cottage

Beautiful Log Cottage – 3 Bedroom (inc Sleep Cabin); Sleeps 6 Adults; Beach, Private, Lovely! A wonderful beach front, southern...

Air Ivanhoe Limited

Fly-in fishing action for Ontario pike and walleye! Great fishing just waiting for you in this area of Ontario. Just...

Cochrane Air Services Limited

Situated at Cochrane, Ontario, Cochrane Air Services has been providing remote fishing and hunting vacations for over 40 years. We...

KapRiver Outfitters

Several decades of operations have made KapRiver Outfitters one of the most experienced outfitters in Northeastern Ontario. Peter and Terry...

Booth Landing Camping & Cottages

Booth Landing is a rustic and tranquil vacation destination that offers both cottage and camping experience. Located just 30 km...

Rockgarden Terrace Resort

The Rockgarden Terrace is located in the heart of Manitoulin Island on the west side of Lake Mindemoya – family...

Mattawa River Cottage

Located on the historic Mattawa River, The Mattawa River Cottage is a private waterfront property overlooking the Ottawa River, nestled...

Wikwemikong Tourism

Wikwemikong Tourism, on Manitoulin Island and in Killarney, Ontario, offers authentic Indigenous experiences that reflect the cultural lifestyles and traditions...

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge is a high-quality wilderness lodge that offers a place to connect with others, eat home-cooked meals...

WildExodus Travel

WildExodus is a hospitality and premier outdoor adventure tour provider in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. Experience the Boreal forest with a...

Bay Lee Mac Camp

Bay Lee Mac cottages are nestled among the trees of the Temagami Provincial Forest and are surrounded by the ecologically...

Municipality of French River

Blessed with incredible natural beauty, French River offers endless adventures and attractions – breathtaking cruises, white quartzite mountains and numerous...

Saenchiur Flechey Resort

Peaceful, charming, and set against the backdrop of the Northern Ontario’s boreal forest, Saenchiur Flechey is a family owned business...

Sid Turcotte Park

Sid Turcotte Park near North Bay and Area in ...

750 Mattawan Street
Mattawa-Bonfield, ON

Bay Wolf Camp

Bay Wolf Camp is located on the shore of West ...

104 Lakeshore road
Shining Tree, ON

Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort

Mike and Brenda Martel wish you a warm welcome to ...

2314 Highway 17
Papineau-Cameron / Mattawa, ON

Mowat Landing Cottages

Mowat Landing Cottages is located at the road’s ...

L9, C5, Barr Twp, Mowat Landing Road
Haileybury, ON

Camp Conewango

Camp Conewango is a resort on the north shore of ...

1875 Songis Road
Redbridge, ON

Agnew Lake Lodge

Agnew Lake Lodge offers year-round accommodations ...

847 Agnew Lake Road
Webbwood, ON

Happy Day Lodge

Happy Day Lodge near Timmins and Cochrane and ...

P.O. Box 1259, Chapleau
Chapleau, near Highway 144, ON

Big Moose Camp Resort

Big Moose Camp is a family owned and operated ...

581 Big Moose Road
Corbeil, ON

Mattawa River Resort

Travelers who love the great outdoors will ...

6251 Highway 17
Mattawa, ON

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

More than your average hotel, Cedar Meadows ...

1000 Norman Street
Timmins, ON

Great Escape Cabins

Surrounded by Crown Land, Great Escape Cabins is ...

884A Hwy 607
Alban, ON

Municipality of Callander

Located 15 kilometers south of North Bay, ...

280 Main Street. North
Callander and South Shore, ON

Bear’s Den Lodge

We are a family friendly and family owned ...

2870 J Hartley Bay Road
Alban, ON

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground is located on ...

2597 Wolseley Bay Road
Noelville, ON

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort is a 4 seasons resort ...

590 Highway 65
Elk Lake, ON

Killarney Mountain Lodge and Conference Centre

As the sun sets, the warm glow of pink granite ...

3 Commissioner Street
Killarney, ON

Avalon Eco Resort

Avalon Eco Resort is an Off-Grid-Resort offering ...

476 Hwy 637
Killarney, ON

Mattawa Adventure Camp

We are a year round camp located in up North in ...

4601 Highway 17E
Mattawa, ON

Beautiful Log Cottage

Beautiful Log Cottage - 3 Bedroom (inc Sleep ...

492A Moosehead Road, Box 250
Mattawa, ON

Air Ivanhoe Limited

Fly-in fishing action for Ontario pike and ...

120 Ivanhoe Lake Road
Foleyet, ON

Cochrane Air Services Limited

Situated at Cochrane, Ontario, Cochrane Air ...

Box 1893
Cochrane, ON

KapRiver Outfitters

Several decades of operations have made KapRiver ...

10 Erie Street
Kapuskasing, ON

Booth Landing Camping & Cottages

Booth Landing is a rustic and tranquil vacation ...

437 Golf Course Road
Powassan, ON

Rockgarden Terrace Resort

The Rockgarden Terrace is located in the heart of ...

1358 Monument Road
Mindemoya, ON

Mattawa River Cottage

Located on the historic Mattawa River, The ...

Water Street
Mattawa, ON

Wikwemikong Tourism

Wikwemikong Tourism, on Manitoulin Island and in ...

2098 Wikwemikong Way
Wikwemikong, ON, ON

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge is a ...

1 Commanda Island
French River, ON

WildExodus Travel

WildExodus is a hospitality and premier outdoor ...

7001 Dalton Road
Wawaitin Falls, Timmins, ON

Bay Lee Mac Camp

Bay Lee Mac cottages are nestled among the trees ...

112 Bay Lee Mac Rd, HWY 11 N
Latchford, ON

Municipality of French River

Blessed with incredible natural beauty, French ...

44 Christophe Street
Noelville, ON

Saenchiur Flechey Resort

Peaceful, charming, and set against the backdrop ...

513 Lemieux Road
Monetville, ON

What species are you after?

FIND YOUR FISH IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO

Our borders start on the rocky shorelines of Lake Huron. Follow the coast to the tributaries of the Great Lakes, or head north into the tens of thousands rivers and lakes in Northeastern Ontario.

Lakes here range from mesotrophic to oligotrophic. The mesotrophic lakes offer lots of fun opportunities to fish natural structures for warm water species such as bass, walleye, muskie, and pike. And our oligotrophic lakes have deep, crystal clear waters perfect for all types of trout.

Some lakes have the best of both worlds and while you’re here you’ll have the opportunity to catch both natural and stocked lake and brook trout.

Locations and Seasons

WHERE AND WHEN TO GO

See yourself heading out into a blanket of fog for the first light bite on a quiet calm lake? This can be managed just about anywhere in the region, but if you want that lake to be your very own, you may consider a fly-in or remote drive-in option. There are lodges that also operate year-round with fully guided ice-fishing trips. 

If you’re a fly angler, you’ll appreciate this region’s sheltered lakes and rivers where you can escape wind and waves amongst picturesque islands. Most species in Northeast Ontario can be caught on a fly rod, while bass, walleye, pike, and muskie all enjoy streamers of various sizes. Your lodge host will fill you in on what colours and patterns to use. Lake trout can be targeted in shallow waters in the early spring turnover when the season opens, and this is also a great time to have the lodge and the lake to yourself in the early shoulder season. 

Gear anglers are set for all seasons in Northeast Ontario. Cover miles and miles of water a day as you take off from the lodge, coffee in hand, camera at the ready for wildlife sightings and personal best catches. 

Lodges and outfitters have ice huts ranging from simple shelters to ice bungalows with satellite TV. You’ll find our ice-fishing culture is among the best in the nation, with whole towns springing up on ice every winter. 

Woman Fishing Northeastern Ontario at Sunset Silhouette

Ice Fishing Is Our Thing

EXPERIENCE WINTER FISHING AS IT’S MEANT TO BE

From the thrill of bringing a healthy winter fish up through the ice, or the feeling of contentment you get cozying up after a day spent outside, ice fishing is a quintessential Canadian pastime. And Northeastern Ontario is known for its ice fishing culture once the water ices over.

From classic ice huts to luxurious ice bungalows, you’ll find experiences below that will fit your preferences. A friends’ weekend, a couples’ getaway, or a family vacation–ice fishing is all about the memories you make on the ice–and about the killer fish you’ll find in our Northern lakes.

Woman Ice Fishing in Norteastern Ontario Pickerel Walleye

New to Fishing? Want to Learn?

TRY THE EXPERIENCE FISHING PROGRAM

If this is your first season fishing, you may be hesitant to plan a fishing trip somewhere new, but Northeastern Ontario is a wonderful place to learn and we’ve been working with lodges and camps across the region to make the transition as easy as possible. You won’t regret making the trip when your skills, and catches, advance quickly.

Experience Fishing is a Northern program that helps new anglers find lodges that offer gear and guidance for beginners, and perfect for families. If you’re interested in learning about a specific species or you’d like to get lures, rods, and other equipment to help target some of our species, Experience Fishing lodges offer packages to suit all levels.

Experience Fishing Stamp - Northeastern Ontario

Resources and Regulations

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FISHING IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO

Before heading anywhere new, every good angler should check the region’s rules and regulations. It’s important to respect the seasonality of species to make sure you have the best vacation possible.

You also need to make sure you have the proper fishing license for the type of fishing you’re doing.