Picking the top five spots to hunt muskies in the province with the best muskie fishing on the planet causes me mental anguish. Narrowing it down to just ten would be tough, but five is cruel. The following five lakes and rivers are not necessarily the best spots to catch muskellunge, but they’re all great and if I could, I would fish each one every season.
My apologies to the great waters I’m leaving out. It hurts me too.
Lake St. Clair
In the western corner of Southern Ontario is Lake St. Clair. The waterway is known for big fish and numbers of muskie -- which is a great combination. Trolling is the standard technique for catching St. Clair’s spotted beasts but casting and jigging big soft plastics also take a share. It’s also an accessible muskie fishery for anglers in southwestern Ontario -- no need to travel hours or days north or east to find great muskie fishing. Lake St. Clair is world class.
Muskies Canada Belle River Chapter
How can you not want to fish Georgian Bay? Any water that can produce sixty-pound-plus fish is a lock in my book. The broad expanse of Georgian Bay requires care while boating and don’t expect to catch a ton of little ones -- this is big fish water. But you have a legitimate chance at a 50-lb fish here, which makes it a must visit.
Visit Georgian Bay
The Ottawa River is a balanced muskie destination with lots of fish and the potential for big ones. On the Ottawa you can angle within sight of the Parliament Buildings which adds a certain historical flavor. These urban fish are equally susceptible to casting or trolling.
Muskies Canada Ottawa Chapter
Visit the Ottawa Valley
This big water in the heart of North-Central Ontario provides a good balance between numbers and size. It’s accessible water for many of Southern Ontario’s muskie anglers who want to get a taste of a northern shield country lake. For a visiting angler, it’s well supported by accommodations and services. Well worth the short drive north.
Picking the best in Northwestern Ontario is difficult, but you would have to work hard to beat the eastern end of Lac Seul near the town of Sioux Lookout. Lots of muskies with big ones mixed in. Lac’s muskies have a taste for top-water lures and tend to get down to business and bite instead of following all day long, making Lac Seul an even greater place to fish.
Visit Sioux Lookout
Have I missed some? Lord yes. I’m getting stomach cramps for not including Lake of the Woods, the St. Lawrence River, Eagle Lake and the fish-rich Kawarthas. But still, if you fish even a couple of Ontario’s top five, I'm envious.