This country is cold, that is undeniable. It is not a place for those who are used to spend the summer in the Caribbean. However, if low temperatures are not a problem for you, we can’t help but advise you to go fishing in Canada as part of a trip that, we assure you, you will never forget.
Here you will be able to connect with nature on a level you can’t even imagine. Bears and moose are common, fish are plentiful and visible from afar, so you can enjoy their movement while simply strolling along the shore on the side or grabbing a snack while picnicking.
You can pay a visit to the iconic Niagara Falls, which connects this country with the United States via three waterfalls. Needless to say, you can’t go to Canada and miss the breathtaking aurora borealis, an unparalleled natural spectacle. The best is seen from Saskatchewan.
Ice fishing in Canada is undoubtedly an attraction for both the angler and the rest of the family, especially for the little ones, who will be able to get started in the art thanks to this resource. This modality will allow you to catch perch, trout, and Walleye (Sander vitreus).
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What are the Best Places and Dates to Go Fishing in Canada?
Let’s take a look at the fishing areas in Canada that will give you the best results and that are also really beautiful and/or offer other entertainment options.
Glacier National Park, bordering Montana
Highlighting the transparent Rock Lake, which is framed by spectacular forests, we have several bodies of water where sport fishing is practiced, obtaining a lot of rainbow trout, Canadian trout, and perch. Other interesting areas are the De las vueltas river or El Chaltén. In total, the park allows 23 species of fish to live in its waters, among which is the bull trout, which must be immediately returned to the water because it is illegal to fish.
Skeena River, British Columbia
It is a pretty good place to catch elusive steelhead if you do it by boat and at the right times. That’s because most of its tributaries are home to this species. If that’s not enough to be worth catching, you have five different types of salmon to cast your rod to.
It is wide but with wadeable banks and even the possibility of fishing with one hand. Its bottom is smooth and gravel. This is very good because it is in these areas where the fish swim, running away from the seals.
During the months of May and June, you will find large sockeye, chum, and chinook salmon, ideal for fly fishing. If you want coho, wait until September or October; the coho in this river is among the largest in the world.
Great Slave Lake
It is the deepest in North America, at over 2000 ft (600 m), and considerably large. It is part of the Mackenzie Basin and forms the mouth of the Slave River. The best fishing is fly fishing. It is home to lodges, pike, and trout.
Quesnel Lake, British Columbia
It is framed by the Cariboo Mountains, in the eastern part of British Columbia. This lake is very deep and formed by fjords, with three branches (the west branch has one of the best bays in the province, where you will find bull trout and rainbow trout). It has four official seasons for casting, trolling, and fly fishing, although the recommendation is to go in May when there is not too much tourism and the fish are hungry.
It is quiet and, as its name suggests, big, very big. You have a lot of salmon to catch but it is mandatory to release them. It is located in the central part of the country.
Jasper National Park
It is a spectacular place that receives millions of visitors every year located in mountains of pure rock. The landscape is majestic, white, gray, and green. The trout is the best catch of the place due to the coldness of its waters (more than usual in the region).
Far to the north, close to the waters of the Arctic Ocean, in the polar wilderness area, we find Tree River, which is home to trophy Arctic char. In addition, the area is very flat and open, ideal for practicing some other outdoor activities; ideal for those looking for an extreme adventure.
What Types of Species Can Be Fished in the Canadian Area?
As in Alaska, the inclement weather does not allow for such an infinite variety of fish as in many other countries. However, and also as it happens here, the quality of the specimens is very high, finding them beautiful and pure, as the waters where they live. We found: