Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
8 Bucket List Fishing Trips in Northeastern Ontario

Fishing season isn’t here yet, but that’s no reason not to plan your dream getaway now.

If you’re planning an adventure up north in 2019, we’ve got some fishing trips to add to your bucket list:


…for those who are adventurous, and like trout fishing…

aerial view of Lake Temagami

Temagami is a huge area with 2,600 lakes and 2,400 km of canoe routes connected by transports thousands of years old.

It is a rugged landscape. The northwestern quarter of the Temagami region is the most rugged and is home to five rural parks: a large nature park and four interconnected river parks. Both bucket list trips in this group of parks require aerial access by canoe, but we always tell anglers that they should take an aerial trip at least once in their lifetime.

Both options require air access via canoes, but we always tell people that they should take an air trip at least once in their life.

Lady Evelyn-Still Water


This park has great brook trout fishing. (Try Mepps Black Fury spinners, 4 to 6 pound test.)

For the full-fledged adventurer, Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater is home to four of Ontario’s top ten peaks (including Ishpatina, Ontario’s tallest). The park also offers excellent canoeing on the rapids in the spring and early summer.

You will fall in love with the remote and rugged landscape full of waterfalls and towering ancient pine trees.

Consuelo Provincial Park

A beautiful and remote chain of lakes connected by
transportation, Solace has incomparable TEMA011_Solace_three canoes paddling this waycanoeing in calm waters.

Enjoy good brook and lake trout fishing, especially in spring and fall. (Williams Wobbler and other shiny spoons, Mepps Black Fury spinners, 4 to 6 pound test for Brookies, heavier for Lakers.)

There are several service providers in the area, including Smoothwater Outfitters and Lakeland Airways.


…a northern adventure for the walleye or pike angler…

missinaibi deltaThe Missinaibi River is the longest undammed river in Ontario, flowing 500 km from its headwaters to James Bay. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River, the park offers three trip options:

  • Lake Missinaibi at the head, with a rustic but tidy campsite (no electrical installations or hot water showers).
  • The Upper Missinaibi River, which flows through the Canadian Shield, is a “swirl and drop” whitewater river.
  • the Lower Missinaibi, which falls from the Canadian Shield and flows over gravel bars, through the Hudson Bay lowlands
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Lake Missinaibi

This is a huge lake – 40km long with another bay 20km long – that’s a lot of water to fish in!

fishermen with catch

You’ll find stellar fishing for whitefish, walleye and pike. Lake trout can be caught with tackle (and there are some good ones out there!).

The lake is remote for one with road access via an 80km logging road from Chapleau, which ends at the Barclay Bay campground. Anglers love the large boat dock system and boat rental availability.

Missinaibi River

fisherman with catch

This is a 450 km river with remote fishing for walleye and pike.

Embark on a bucket list canoe trip as you paddle north toward Hudson Bay. This Canadian heritage river also features one of the largest collections of indigenous pictographs in Ontario.

Both river trip options require at least a week of canoeing and transportation.

Lake Fushimi

…under the northern skies…

fushimi fishermenFushimi Lake Provincial Park is a true northern experience. The skies are big over the boreal forest, and the night skies are even bigger – the Northern Lights and incredible stars are something you need to see to believe.

Like Missinaibi, it’s a great northern fishing and camping experience, with a smaller lake completely within the park. It’s more accessible than Missinaibi (a short drive off Highway 11, west of Hearst), but still quiet, with few boats and a mostly undeveloped coastline.

fieldfushimi boat

Lake Fushimi has those big skies that make it look like you’re in a meadow with trees. There is excellent fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike – the lake’s fishing area can keep anglers busy exploring new waters and structure all week long.

The park has 13 campsites in rural areas, some of them on islands with excellent access to waters where fishing can be done.

The campsite (or the cabin!)

great catch

Great Walleye and Northern Pike fishing, with a quiet, full-service campground (power sites, RV sites, showers and laundry facilities). Campers love the quiet, picturesque lake with its rocky headlands and seven sandy beaches (ideal for shoreline lunches).

Fushimi Lake Cabin

The lakeside cabin at the park campground is a great option for those who don’t want to camp, with one of the best porch views in Ontario parks!

Georgian Bay

…exploring the Thirty Thousand Islands…

This is a complex landscape, and boaters and paddlers are advised to carry good, up-to-date maps and navigation charts. The French River Delta, Shawanaga Bay and Massasauga are made up of hundreds of islands, sandbars and channels, which can be confusing without maps or charts, and a hazard to boat propellers. Be sure to check the Government of Canada’s navigation charts.

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French River Delta

French River - Aerial Panoramic of the Delta

The landscape of French River Provincial Park is unique even for Georgian Bay, with bedrock channels and pine-covered granite islands cut from the Canadian Shield by glacial meltwater 10,000 years ago.

fishermen eating lunch on the shoreThis fisherman from the early 20th century enjoys a tasty lunch on the coast.

Anglers enjoy good fishing for large and small mouth bass, pike, walleye and even muskies (“the fish of 10,000 casts”). Big spinners work well for pike and muskies (especially classic reds and whites), while bass prefer topwater baits that splash and make noise. In the case of Walleye, some anglers rely on worms on jigs, while others opt for minnows.

The canoeing, kayaking and boating are fantastic. This is a backcountry camping park, so there is no camping, but there are plenty of lodges within the park if cabins are your style. Contact the French River Resorts Association for more information.

sturgeon bay

Sturgeon Bay Boat DockYou’ll find the same species of fish as the French River, and the same lures and techniques work, but the setting here is Shawanaga Bay, a huge inlet reaching inland from Georgian Bay with hundreds of islands and plenty of underwater structure that fishers love. fish. to spend the time.

The park has a full-service campground, especially useful in the fall (when fishing here is a little better). The park also has several cabins for rent.

Cabin at Sturgeon Bay

The Massasauga

Massasauga Provincial Park occupies the section of the Thirty Thousand Islands from Parry Sound south to the Moon River, sacred waters for fishermen.

The Massasauga Landscape

You’ll find small and large mouth bass, Lunker Walleye, Northern Pike and the legendary Muskie fishing (Moon Bay is where the Canadian record Muskie was caught).

We recommend falling in love with this fishing trip, after doing recreational boating and paddling during the season. Do you prefer car camping? Killbear Provincial Park has good access to this area, with power sites and showers open until the end of October.

Lake Wakami

Lake Wakami Boaters

Lake Wakami Provincial Park is, according to Ontario Parks fisheries biologists, the most productive walleye fishery in FMZ 10. Soft-bodied baits that look like worms, frogs and other small critters are good. It also has a good population of whitefish. Whitefish grow in summer and have small mouths; small spinners or jigs can work.

The park features a quiet, rustic campground off the beaten path (Which means there isn’t much competition for fishing!). The campground offers waterfront sites, good docking facilities and boat rentals.

If you’ve never fished in Northeastern Ontario, isn’t it time you booked a trip?