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Algoma Ice Fishing Guide

Ice fishing in Algoma is a great way to enjoy the winter months. • Credit: James Smedley
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Algoma Ice Fishing Guide

Use this handy ice fishing guide to help plan your trip



The mere mention of ice fishing sends us into a bit of frenzy here at Algoma Country Headquarters. We can't help it – we love ice fishing! From the excitement of the tug on the line and bringing up a big northern pike, walleye, or lake trout from the dark, icy chamber below to the peaceful surroundings that draw you in as you spend time with family and good friends, ice fishing really offers something for everyone.

Top Five Things to Consider When Planning an Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation

Ice fishing in Algoma has its own character: it's not only a competitive sport but also a way of life for many families all winter. It's a source of fresh air and sustenance, camaraderie and friendly competition. It's not just a day out on a lake; it's an entire experience: snowmobiling onto a remote lake, winter scenery, and wildlife, a sauna to unwind in, and telling fish stories around the hot stove. Ice fishing is an amazing activity to build an entire vacation around. Whether it's your first time out on the ice, or you're a seasoned veteran, there are always new ways to experience ice fishing in Algoma. Here are five simple questions to ask yourself before planning your trip:

1. How are you getting to the lake? You can drive to an ice fishing lake just minutes from every community in the Algoma region. You can also snowmobile into many remote lakes from nearby snowmobile trails.

2. What are you looking for? Big fish, remote locations, variety of fish species, awesome scenery? Algoma's got it.

3. What are you doing when you're not ice fishing? After a few hours out on the lake, or even at the end of the day, you want to warm up and relax. Take the snowmobile back to the lodge for a long sauna. Maybe check out the games room for a friendly game of pool or cards. Or pick a lodge near an OFSC snowmobile trail for some off-lake excitement.

4. What's keeping you going? Good food is a must. Maybe you're a traditionalist looking to cook up your fresh fish. Perhaps you're looking for a little five-star treatment.

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5. Who's ice fishing with you? For some, the solitude of ice fishing is the big draw, but more often than not it's about a big group of friends getting together. Ice fishing is a very family-friendly winter activity.

Different lodges cater to different needs -- your choice of lodging is really going to determine everything about your trip. Contact the Algoma Country office at info@algomacountry.com or toll-free 1-800-263-2546 and we'll help get you started.

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Fish Species in Algoma

Algoma is home to some of the best walleye, perch, lake trout, and northern pike fishing in the world. From plentiful perch to world-record-breaking ice dinosaurs, Algoma has the fishing species you want to fish for. And, of course, the staff at your chosen ice fishing lodge or resort can provide you with all the info about the species in the area including lots of tips and strategies to make sure you don't end the day empty-handed.

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What You Need to Ice Fish in Algoma

Ice fishing is not only a lot of fun but is inexpensive. You really only need an ice fishing pole and line, baited hook or lure, and something to cut a hole in the ice like an auger. But the most important thing you need is a valid fishing licence which you can easily buy online at www.ontario.ca/fishing. All you need is an Outdoors Card (which you can buy at the same time) and a printer. Then you're ready to go!

Where to Buy Ice Fishing Gear in Algoma

Great Lakes Outfitters (Formerly: Joe's Sports & Surplus)
Outfitting Sault Ste. Marie for over 50 years. Find ice huts, fishing rods and lures, ice drills, and warm clothing.

Ice Fishing Derbies in Algoma

If you're looking for friendly competition check out the ice fishing derbies listed the Algoma Country website under Festivals and Events.

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Where to Ice Fish in Algoma

DRIVE-IN ICE FISHING LODGES & COTTAGES
Drive-in fishing enthusiasts will love the variety of lodges, cottages and motels with access to lakes with amazing ice fishing. You can access some of these lodges by snowmobile.

Ernie's HK Cottages and Campground, Missanabie
Accommodations: housekeeping cottages
Available: fully licensed restaurant, fuel station
Fish For: Walleye, Northern Pike, Jumbo Perch, Lake Trout
Where to Fish: Dog Lake

Moose Horn Lodge, Chapleau
Accommodations: housekeeping cabin in a remote setting
Available: near OFSC snowmobile trails
Fish For: Walleye, Trout
Where to Fish: McLennan Lake

Snowshoe Camp, Mississagi Valley
Accommodations: housekeeping cottages
Available: recreation hall, near OFSC snowmobile trails
Fish For: Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike
Where to Fish: Wakomata Lake

Cedar Rail Ranch, Mississagi Valley
Accommodations: housekeeping cabins
Available: nearby lakes, near OFSC snowmobile trails
Fish For: Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike

Limberlost Lodge, Mississagi Valley
Accommodations: housekeeping cabins
Fish For: Lake Trout
Where to Fish: Chub Lake

Northern Skies Resort, Mississagi Valley
Accommodations: Cedar Cabin - fully winterized
Fish For: Bass, Lake Trout
Where to Fish: Chub Lake

Mountainview Lodge, Searchmont
Accommodations: housekeeping cottages
Available: dining room with breakfast and dinner for guests, access to OFSC snowmobile trails
Fish For: Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike
Where to Fish: nearby lakes

Lake Lauzon Resort, Algoma Mills
Accommodations: bed & breakfast, housekeeping cottages
Available: breakfast for B&B guests
Fish For: Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Bass
Where to Fish: Lake Lauzon

Dunlop Lake Lodge, Elliot Lake
Accommodations: lodge rooms, housekeeping cabins
Available: on-site restaurant, access to OFSC snowmobile trails
Fish For: Lake Trout, Walleye
Where to Fish: Dunlop Lake, nearby lakes

Angling Algoma, Guide Service
Accommodations: ask for recommendations
Fish For: Bass, Northern Pike
Where to Fish: a variety of lakes

Rock's Hunt Camp, Hornepayne
Accommodations: bunkhouses, kitchen amenities in the main lodge
Available: ask about guide services, heated huts, transportation
Fish For: Walleye, Trout, Northern Pike
Where to Fish: a variety of lakes

Pasha Lake Cabins, Jellicoe
Accommodations: housekeeping cabins
Available: sauna
Fish For: Walleye, Species of Trout, Splake, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Perch
Where to Fish: a variety of nearby lakes

Flame Lake Lodge, Chapleau
Accommodations: housekeeping cabins
Available: homemade dinner, full breakfast
Fish For: Northern Pike, Walleye, Whitefish
Where to Fish: Flame Lake

Mukwa Adventures, Spanish
Accommodations: available in nearby communities
Available: guided ice fishing, transportation
Fish For: a variety of local fish species
Where to Fish: a variety of lakes

Tyler Dunn Guiding, Guide Service
Accommodations: ask for recommendations
Fish For: Northern Pike, Panfish, Species of Trout
Where to Fish: a variety of lakes

Searchmont Mountainside Accommodations, Searchmont
Accommodations: housekeeping 3-bedroom house
Available: located near snowmobile trails, free WiFi
Fish For: Walleye, Northern Pike
Where to Fish: nearby lakes

Whispering Winds, Bruce Mines
Accommodations: woodsy cabins
Fish For: Speckled and Lake Trout
Where to Fish: Seymour Lake, surrounding lakes for Walleye, Whitefish, Perch, Northern Pike

Flying Eagle Camps and Backcountry Outfitters, Thessalon and Iron Bridge areas
Accommodations: remote woodsy cabins
Fish For: Species of Trout, Whitefish, Northern Pike, Splake, Walleye
Where to Fish: nearby lakes

Wabatong Lodge, Dubreuilville
Accommodations: main lodge rooms, duplex
Fish For: Walleye, Northern Pike, Species of Trout, Whitefish, Perch, Bass
Where to Fish: Wabatongushi Lake

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(Photo credits: James Smedley Outdoors)

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