Algoma Ice Fishing Guide

Ice fishing in Algoma is a great way to enjoy the winter months.

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 off the nearby OFSC 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.

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.

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family icefishing(Photo credit: James Smedley Outdoors)

Different lodges cater to different needs -- your choice of lodge 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.

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 provided 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.

icefishing pike(Photo credit: James Smedley Outdoors)

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.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish. 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

Joe's Sports & Surplus has been outfitting Sault Ste. Marie for over 50 years – they are definitely a cornerstone in Algoma's biggest city. You'll find everything and anything you'll need for an ice fishing trip at this outdoor store from ice huts, fishing rods and lures, ice drills and warm clothing. It's located downtown, just off the International Bridge. Check out their products online at www.joesportsandsurplus.com

Ice Fishing Derbies in Algoma

If you're looking for friendly competition check out the ice fishing derbies listed on the Complete Fishing Derbies List

walleye icefishing(Photo credit: James Smedley Outdoors)

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.

Misty Mountain Fly Shop/McCauley's Village, Havilland Bay
Accommodations: motel units
Available: ice hut rentals, pre-drill ice holes, full service restaurant, general store, fuel station, near OFSC snowmobile trails
Fish For: Northern Pike, Perch, Whitefish
Where to Fish: Havilland Bay

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 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

Wakomata Shores Resort, Mississagi Valley
Accommodations: housekeeping cottages
Available: sauna, The Country Kitchen Restaurant, meal plan for guests, heated ice huts, 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

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

Looking for more places to stay? Check out the Algoma business directory.

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