Fish The Edge: Angling North of Toronto

Just two hours north of Toronto, new and seasoned anglers will find thousands of sparkling lakes, rivers and streams, and some of the best undiscovered fishing in Ontario.

Fishing opportunities are plentiful in the great Canadian wilderness, from fly-in adventures to the remote lakes of the Loring Restoule area to canoe trips into Algonquin Park and the Almaguin Highlands, from charters out on the big waters of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound to fishing off a resort dock in Muskoka.

This four-season fishing destination gets things going with smelt in spring, just after ice-out in many of the deeper lakes. Year-round you’ll find excellent crappie and perch fishing, before the northern pike and walleye/pickerel season starts the third Saturday in May. In summer and fall, come fish for large and small mouth bass from the fourth Saturday of June. And dip your lure for lake white fish at any time of the year (although fall is best).

That’s not all. Watch for brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, splake, Atlantic salmon, lake sturgeon, and channel catfish – all available year round.

Winter brings out the protective ice huts and the chance for an on-ice pan-fry of perch, a trophy walleye or northern pike, along with the bonus of a lake trout or white fish.

For easy access to the Canadian wilderness and some of the best fishing in Ontario, whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to fishing, you’ll find a great fishing getaway waiting for you in the Explorers’ Edge region.

Click on the links below for helpful info on where to fish, which species you’ll find, and fishing services offered here.

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Fish Algonquin Park
Fish Almaguin Highlands
Fish Loring-Restoule
Fish Muskoka
Fish Parry Sound

For more information on fishing limits and seasons in cottage country, click here.

To plan your stay in the great Canadian wilderness, click here.


Check out the video below for a taste of fishing in Loring-Restoule.

Note: Information on these pages has been provided to Explorers’ Edge by guides and accommodation providers in the region. For definitive information on fishing in the province and in this region, visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

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