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Discovery a muskie gem in Algoma Country

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Discovery a muskie gem in Algoma Country

Rob Cadeau with a muskie caught in one of the many slack water areas that hold muskies in the Goulais River. • Credit: Jim Saric

The best fishing in the Goulais River exists within a two-mile stretch near the mouth of Lake Superior.

The Goulais River is an overlooked gem that you might want to check out during spring or fall.



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There are lots of muskie destinations throughout Ontario, Canada, however, one of the most overlooked is Lake Superior. Certainly with its vast size trying locate muskies within giant Lake Superior itself can be difficult. However, there is a muskie gem waiting for you that can offer make catching Lake Superior muskies much easier.

The location is the Goulais River located in the Algoma Region of Ontario Canada. This is the largest tributary on the eastern side of Lake Superior, located approximately 20 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada. The Goulais River originates in the Algoma Highlands and flows westerly winding its way through a valley, ultimately discharging into Lake Superior. The view of this area is simply breathtaking.

The Goulais River is host to a localized population of muskies that use the Goulais River to spawn. There are always some muskies located in the Goulais River, but the majority of the muskies use the Goulais early and late in the year. After the spawn the muskies will remain in the River, but ultimately they make their way into Lake Superior to spend the summer. In the fall, the muskies will return to the Goulais and stage outside the mouth and move back into the Goulais River. Therefore, there are some tremendous opportunities at catching Lake Superior muskies that exist both in spring and late fall. Just imagine the potential of contacting a giant muskie in a small river, which spends the entire summer in Lake Superior?

The best fishing in the Goulais River exists within a two-mile stretch near the mouth of Lake Superior. The Goulais River actually forms three different branches as it enters Lake Superior and all can hold muskies. In addition, just outside the mouth of the Goulais River is a large weedbed and breakline that forms at the mouth of Lake Superior, which holds muskies both spring and fall before they suspend into the abyss of Lake Superior. The Goulais River and the mouth of Lake Superior offer a tremendous opportunity at a trophy muskies.

Some of the key area within the Goulais River include isolated weedbeds, fallen trees, docks, and the area where the Goulais River divides into three branches, and the mouth of the Goulais River as it enters Lake Superior. It’s important to locate areas with reduced current. Key lures include smaller bucktails, particularly early in the season, topwater lures and crankbaits.

Jim Saric with a hybrid tiger muskie caught from the Goulais River in spring. (Photo credit: Jim Saric)

The Goulais River also hosts some giant hybrid, tiger muskies as well. I caught a beauty while filming an episode of The Musky Hunter Television Show last spring while fishing with my friend Rob Cadeau. A great place to stay and get fishing information is McCauley's Motel and restaurant. It’s only 15 minutes from the Goulais River, and can provide assistance regarding fishing information. There’s also other places to stay in the area that can be found at www.gofishinontario.com.

The Goulais River is an overlooked gem that you might want to check out during spring or fall.

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