To all of those that are not quite sure where to go for their fishing trip this summer, you should look no further than Algoma Country. We are closer than you think and our fish are truly that big! No matter what type of fishing trip you book (fly-in, drive-in, or train-in), or what type of body of water (drive-to lakes, remote lakes and river systems), you're able to catch the trophy you've been looking for!
Muskie Hunter Jim Saric caught this tiger muskie (a mix of northern pike and muskie) in the waters of the Goulais River. There are a few key spots to fish for muskie in Algoma Country: Goulais River, Spanish River and Echo Lake.
If you're fishing the Goulais River:
Stay: McCauley's Motel in Havilland Bay, Blueberry Hill Motel & Campground, Mountainview Lodge, Driftwood Valley Chalets, Ranger Lake Resort
Fish the Spanish: Brennan Harbour Resort, Blue Heron Resort, Spanish River Resort & Campground, Waterfalls Lodge
Guides Services: click here
Big Northern Pike
Our Feature Photo: The beast nicknamed 'Scarback' by Pete Bowman, co-host of Fish'n Canada, was caught during filming a fly-in tv episode on remote Garnham Lake. It was a spring trip with ice-out action conditions and Pete fought long and hard to land that monster!
Fish Garnham Lake: White River Air Service (outpost camps)
Below is one of our favourite photos sent to us by Mark Romanack, host of Fishing 411. This big, fat northern pike was caught during their recent trip to Pym Island through Hearst Air Service. Mark suggests using a Johnson Silver Minnow with a twister tail trailer if you're looking to target big northern pike like this beauty!
Chunky Smallmouth Bass
We have some serious spots where you can fish for fat, chunky smallmouth bass in our region. Whether you're a fly fisher, or a gear angler, you'll love what we have to offer. This beauty bass was caught by Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher Television Show, at Birch Lake Resort. The catch was so large it made the Ontario Fly Fishing Records measuring 22-inch 7-pound and 15-inch in girth. Birch Lake Resort is also within driving distance of great brook trout fishing.
One of the greatest fisheries in the world is located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in the St. Marys River and Rapids. The renowned fishery is known to hold steelhead, rainbow trout, Pacific/Coho/Atlantic salmon, even walleye and northern pike. This is a must-do fly fishing trip! Bill Spicer, host of The New Fly Fisher Television Show loves this fishery and below is one of many steelhead he's caught in the Rapids.
There's a good reason why this photo is featured on our 2016 issue of the Algoma Travel Guide. This 32-inch walleye currently holds the record at Mar Mac Lodge on remote Esnagi Lake. Walleye is definitely a favourite species among anglers and is good eating too. We encourage you to release the trophies and spawners, and only save a few smaller ones for a shore lunch.
Fish for Walleye: There are many excellent places to stay. You'll find all-inclusive fishing lodges and housekeeping packages, cottage resorts, camping and RV, or stay in hotels and motels where you'll have all urban amenities in town. Our area guide services will take you to excellent fishing locations.
Find Fishing Trips: www.fishalgoma.net