Canada is one of the most popular destinations for anglers in the entire world. Not only does it boast some of the best fishing locations anywhere on the planet, it hosts an astounding amount of diversity. Because of this, Canada’s fishing opportunities receive a great deal of attention. What may surprise you is that despite all this awareness, some of Canada’s best fishing destinations actually fly under the radar. In that spirit, we present to you five of Canada’s best-kept fishing secrets:
1. Rivers Inlet, British Columbia
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Rivers Inlet is one of the best-kept secrets in all of Canada. This is an area along the remote and rugged BC coast, and many of its best spots are fly-in only. The downside to this is that you have limited options for travel and accommodations, and the options you do have aren’t necessarily convenient. The upside is that you can fish in areas that are bountiful and blissfully serene. Many who fish the area stay at a lodge like the Sportsman’s Club and the area’s greatest gifts to anglers are its giant Chinook salmon.
2. Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
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Ontarians call the Kawartha Lakes their best-kept secret because of its black crappies, and for many locals, it’s their first destination as soon as they pass their boat exam Canada . Many anglers think of black crappies as an exotic panfish found in the southern United States, but black crappie fishing in Ontario, particularly in the Kawartha Lakes, has exploded due to climate change and other factors. The nice thing about this area is that it’s accessible, not overrun by tourists, and it gives you numerous options for camping and accommodations.
3. Morin-Heights, Quebec
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Morin-Heights is a town in Quebec located near the Laurentian Mountains, and it has access to more than 100 square miles of restricted wilderness territory for fishing. The area provides amazing river fishing for Trophy Brook Trout. It is also home to some of the best walleye fishing in all of Canada, and it boasts a large population of Northern Pike. There are more than 70 campsites in the area, and many people prefer to stay at a lodge like Square-Tail.
4. Oliver Lake, Saskatchewan
Oliver Lake Wilderness Lodge is the only camp on more than 200 square miles of prime fishing waters. Popular fishing options include arctic grayling, lake trout, northern pike and walleye. That diversity plus the area’s bountifulness makes this an excellent vacation destination. Oliver Lake does get tourists, but it’s not overrun with them, even in the peak season, and the lodge even offers privacy plans for those who want to ensure it.
5. Northwest Territories
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The fact that the Northwest Territories has bountiful and diverse fishing is no great secret. The fact it is rather easy to find areas in NT that are secluded and serene is also no great secret. What makes the Northwest Territories a best-kept secret is the weather: In the peak of summer, NT experiences 24-hour daylight and an average temperature of 68°F. The area also boasts numerous campgrounds and more than 80 hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts.