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An Angler's Paradise

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An Angler's Paradise

American Plan Fishing

Fish for walleye, northern pike, lake trout, smallmouth bass and muskie on one of nine lakes including Lac Seul. Package includes 16-foot Lund boats and fuel, guided fishing, fresh shore lunch, first class accommodations, all meals, maid service, fish cleaning services.
From $1318 per person based on party of four
Ben Beattie hoists a nice Northwestern Ontario muskie caught from the Sioux Lookout area. • Credit: Ben Beattie

Find Multi-species action when fishing in Sioux Lookout in Northwest Ontario

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Nestled in the heart of northwestern Ontario’s Sunset Country, Sioux Lookout is rich with angling opportunities. At its doorstep lie tens-of-thousands of acres of unspoiled natural lakes, teeming with fish. Walleye, northern pike, bass, muskie and lake trout are abundant in this unique setting where an angler could spend a lifetime fishing and not cover the same shoreline twice.

Stars of the Show

Walleye are the biggest draw for anglers to Sioux Lookout and legendary Lac Seul sets the stage for unbeatable numbers and trophy fish. Catches of 100-plus walleye per day are common on Lac Seul and the chance for a trophy exists with every hook-set.

During the summer, walleye concentrate in depths of 20 to 40 feet and often the simplest presentation is the best one. For this reason, jig fishing is as popular as it is effective for catching walleye on Lac Seul. A vertical presentation with 1/4 to 1/2 ounce jigs allows you to keep your bait near bottom and in the strike zone. Top jig colors include orange, chartreuse, white, pink and glow. Tipping jigs with live minnows is the best bet for guaranteed action, although artificial soft-plastics also work well.

Fishing the windward side of main lake basin structure like prominent points, humps, reefs and islands is the fastest way to find active fish. Backtrolling or using an electric trolling motor in conjunction with a sonar and GPS combo will help you eliminate unproductive water and stay on schools of fish once you find them.

Ben Beattie with a nice Northwestern Ontario walleye caught from the Sioux Lookout area. (Photo credit: Ben Beattie)

The Mighty Muskie

Another draw to the waters surrounding Sioux Lookout is the chance to catch trophy muskie. Big Vermilion Lake offers good numbers while Lac Seul is renowned for big fish. Anglers in the know target beds of cabbage weed in bays and adjacent to shallow rock structure. Top summertime baits include large in-line bucktail spinners and jerk-baits. For thrilling topside strikes try top-water baits during calm late-day conditions.

Wait, There’s More

While walleye and muskie receive much of the attention, there is more to be had for those seeking other species. In particular, excellent fishing opportunities exist for smallmouth bass, pike and lake trout. June is the best month for smally action and lake trout and pike can be caught in good numbers all season long.

There are more lakes too. In addition to Lac Seul and Big Vermilion, Sioux Lookout offers boat access to Abram, Pelican and Minitaki Lakes. The only difficult thing about fishing in Sioux Lookout is deciding what to fish for and where. This Northwestern Ontario town is truly a fishermen’s dream.

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