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The Interior

In the serene wilderness of Canada’s interior lies an abundance of freshwater, home to fantastic fisheries that are largely unknown to outsiders. The northern fisheries of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba host some of the best northern pike and lake trout water around. These waters offer a longer fishing season than the subarctic lakes of the far north. This translates into longer spring fattening periods where large pike and lake trout congregate in shallow water to feed after a cold winter under the ice.

To the east of Manitoba lie the Sutton and Albany watersheds of northern Ontario. While technically not interior, these remote river systems drain into Hudson Bay, and offer arguably the world’s top brook trout fishing. The average fish here is over 5 pounds, and on good days, landing over twenty-five fish is not uncommon.

The warmer waters of southern Ontario and Manitoba are home to fantastic musky and bass fisheries. The best smallmouth bass fishing takes place in the spring, while prespawn fish are found schooled up on the flats. Largemouth bass are best targeted during the summer. Tossing topwater frogs and poppers over lily pads, or leech patterns around weed edges can be absolutely deadly. Additionally, musky, the ultimate warm water predator is a worthy adversary for the angler willing to put in the work. Smaller musky in the 35” to 45” range are prolific in some of the rivers of southern Ontario, while Lake of the Woods to the west, and the St. Lawrence River to the east both hold absolute monsters that will make even the most hardcore musky fisherman shake! 

The Great Lakes offer a unique “Ontario steelhead” fishery that is best described as a Great Lake run rainbow trout. These fish behave similarly to their west coast cousins and can be caught on the swing, however, they tend to be found in much smaller water, and are best targeted with egg patterns. Salmon, lake trout, and large brook trout are often caught while targeting rainbows during their spawning runs.

There are a large range of accommodations available in the interior, from remote fish camps and housekeeping cabins, to 5 star fly in luxury fishing lodges, we offer it all!

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The Interior

Quick Facts

SPECIES

GEAR

SEASON

Lake Trout10wt Floating, Intermediate, Fast SinkMay - October
Northern Pike9/10wt Floating, IntermediateMay - October
Musky9-11wt Floating, IntermediateJune - November
Bass6-10wt Floating, IntermediateMay - November
Brook Trout5-7wt Floating, Intermediate, Fast SinkMay - October
Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout5/6wt FloatingMay - September
Ontario Steelhead6-8wt FloatingMarch - December

Largemouth bass are best targeted during the summer.

Tossing topwater frogs and poppers over lily pads, or leech patterns around weed edges can be absolutely deadly.

The Great Lakes off a unique “Ontario Steelhead” fishery,

which can best be described as great lake run steelhead.

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