Canada is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Each area differs in its adventures, and the country offers plenty of stunning scenery that encompasses all kinds of terrain. One of the top things to do when in Canada is fishing, and you can do so across the provinces and territories.
The East Coast of Canada – Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia – is a great area to cast for wild Atlantic salmon, Arctic char and mackerel, as well as to do plenty of other freshwater fishing for various trout.
Moving west, the provinces of Quebec and Ontario are home to the second largest river in Canada, the St. Lawrence. A big river often means big fish and the St. Lawrence is no disappointment. On top of that, there are plenty of lakes throughout the provinces and into Manitoba that are fantastic for fresh water catches like various trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, catfish, burbot, carp and lake sturgeon.
The Prairies – Saskatchewan and Alberta – are riddled with lakes and rivers, making them a fly fisherman’s dream. Perch, pike and trout are the name of the game and whether you’re casting your fly rod, or puttering around a lake, you’re in for a ton of fun.
The Northwest Territories are all about their freshwater fishing, with plenty of lakes, rivers and streams to satisfy any angler. With over ten species to angle for, there’s no shortage of fish to catch, or fun to be had, either. Trying out ice fishing is a bonus! From massive lake trout, to great northern pike, Arctic char and tons of other kinds of fish, there’s plenty to go after up north. Yukon freshwater is similar, with a steady run of salmon that make their way up the rivers as well. Fishing in Nunavut is just as rewarding as the other two territories, with similar tactics and species to fish for. Perhaps the best part about fishing up north is that there can be up to almost 24 hours of daylight depending on the time of year you go. Not only is that a crazy phenomenon to experience, but it means you don’t have to quit by sundown!
The west coast of Canada, namely the province of British Columbia, is another top fishing destination. Vancouver Island especially is a sought-after destination to cast a line out in the open ocean for a chance to fight some fantastic Pacific salmon. There are five kinds of salmon to catch out west: Pink, Sockeye, Chum, Coho and Chinook. If you’re unsure of the differences, check out this article: www.salmonfishingnow.com/salmon-types-vancouver-island. Some of the largest chinook to be found are caught off the coast of Vancouver Island out of Ucluelet and Tofino. The other side of the Island and west coast of British Columbia offer all five of the available types of salmon as well. Aside from saltwater fishing, British Columbia is a great destination for fly fishing and casting in lakes, streams and rivers. When the salmon run, it’s especially fun to do some freshwater fly fishing for salmon.
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To learn more about fishing on Vancouver Island, visit www.discovervancouverisland.com/things-to-do/fishing/ and www.ucluelet-info.com/fishing-charters-ucluelet-bc/.