Canada Ice Fishing Charters

Canada Ice Fishing Charters

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Best Ice Fishing Charters in Canada

Ice Fishing in Canada

The Ice fishing Canada prides itself on is the stuff of legend thanks to the countless bodies of water harboring trophy catches. With possibly 2 million lakes in its territory, there are more lakes in Canada than in the rest of the world combined. Virtually all of them boast premier winter fishing, which lures in anglers from the four corners of the world.
 
Whether you’d like to cast your line in the remote fly-in areas with pristine waters or fish on one of the more popular lakes close to big cities, Canada won’t disappoint. Whatever expectations you have about ice fishing in Canada, they’re sure to be exceeded as soon as you step on the ice. 
 

What to Fish

 
Your greatest quarry wherever you go fishing will be freshwater game fish. Colossal Walleye, and its cousin, Greenback, copious amounts of huge Lake and Brown Trout, and an abundance of Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Whitefish, and Burbot – all the members of the freshwater royal family are there for the taking.
 

Where to Fish

 
With thousands of lakes in every province, finding a good ice fishing spot can be just a matter of closing your eyes and pointing anywhere on the map. These are the provinces that offer superb fishing opportunities and a chance to land that catch of a lifetime.
 

Ontario Province

 
Named after the smallest of the Great Lakes, Ontario province is one of Canada’s ice fishing epicenters. During winter months, fishermen from all over the world come to Ontario to wet their lines. Lake Simcoe is probably the most popular destination thanks to its huge population of Whitefish, Lake and Brown Trout, Northern Pike, and Yellow Perch. Seeing as the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship takes place here, you can’t go wrong with fishing Lake Simcoe.
 
The Bay of Quinte is another piece of ice fishing heaven, especially for Walleye lovers. From December to late February, the bay offers stupendous Walleye fishing and you can easily reel in 15 lb lunkers. If the likes of Sheepshead, Northern Pike, and Yellow Perch are on your mind, then the Bay of Quinte is a great place to start. Dropping your line on the Lake of the Woods is an excellent opportunity to hook Walleye, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Crappie, and more.
 

Alberta Province

 
If there’s one province where ice fishing is all the craze, it’s Alberta. There’s no limit to what you can catch in the domain of freshwater superstars, and there’s no shortage of places to pursue your prey. One of the most productive lakes is Pigeon Lake, where Walleye are so numerous, you can hook one every time you drop the line. Lesser Slave Lake is also a popular treasure trove with healthy-sized Pike, Walleye, and Yellow Perch. Wabamun Lake doesn’t fall behind at all, especially because it’s so close to Edmonton, and you can pull in anything from Walleye to Northern Pike.
 

Saskatchewan Province

 
Even though you can find exceptional ice fishing options throughout Saskatchewan, Tobin Lake definitely takes the spotlight. It could easily be the province’s top ice fishing spot, thanks to its population of mammoth Walleye and Northern Pike. You can come to this lake anywhere from December to April, but March seems to be the peak of the season. The bite is equally hot on Last Mountain Lake, where sizeable Whitefish, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, and Walleye reign supreme. The shores of these lakes are dotted with cozy fishing cabins, which is a significant advantage if you want to fish in full comfort.
 

Manitoba Province

 
Lake Winnipeg is the sacred ice fishing ground of Manitoba because it’s vast, chock-full with big fish, and has some of the best ice fishing in Canada. This is the home of the Greenback Walleye, which happens to be the most prized catch on the lake. Named after the nearby capital of the province, Lake Winnipeg is a dream-come-true for every urban angler. Kississing Lake is a prime Trout fishery, where you can find a monster Brown at the end of your line. One of the most beloved local fishing holes is Clearwater Lake, where you can hook Whitefish, Northern Pike, and colossal Lake Trout. And this is just to get you started, seeing as there are over 100,000 lakes in Manitoba and virtually any of them can treat you to some first-class ice fishing action.
 

How to Fish

 
  • When you’re going after Walleye, Lake Trout, or Northern Pike, having a razor-sharp hook is a must to keep them on the line, so always carry a small pen-file with you.

  • In case you’re new to the ice fishing world, the best setup to use is a small lead-headed jig paired with live minnows. These bad boys will land you anything from Yellow Perch to Crappie.

  • Going after Walleye will be most successful during sunrise or sunset, especially if you’re using jigs and a soft-plastic minnow bait. Drop it close to the lake bottom and watch as the Walleye attacks.

  • Jigging spoons work like a charm when you’re targeting supersized Lake Trout.

 

When to Fish

 
It doesn’t get much better than the ice fishing Canada has to offer, and what makes it even more exciting are long ice fishing seasons. The fun starts in late December and lasts until ice out, which usually happens in March or early April. Seasons vary depending on the province, so make sure you’re well informed before you set out to hunt down your next trophy.
 
If you love ice fishing, going to Canada will be an amazing experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re just testing the ice or if you’re a pro angler, exploring the ample ice fishing opportunities in Canada will open a whole new world for you.
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What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Canada

Understand what’s in season so you know if it’s catch and release or if you can keep the catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand what’s in season so you know if it’s catch and release or if you can keep the catch.
Deep Coast Charters
Deep Coast Charters
Weather was great being from Georgia not to cold but would recommend bringing a small jacket/rain jacket to keep the wind off
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was great being from Georgia not to cold but would recommend bringing a small jacket/rain jacket to keep the wind off
Nautibouy Sportfishing
Nautibouy Sportfishing
I would suggest doing a full day of halibut fishing since the chinook season doesn’t start until August.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would suggest doing a full day of halibut fishing since the chinook season doesn’t start until August.
Sooke Saltwater Fishing
Sooke Saltwater Fishing
Great place to go fishing without having to go long distances in the open ocean.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to go fishing without having to go long distances in the open ocean.
BobKatz Charters
BobKatz Charters
Yes. But be prepared for bi polar weather. Bring some warm clothes and rain gear. As for children id say. Over 12 as these fish r strong anf hundreds of pounds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. But be prepared for bi polar weather. Bring some warm clothes and rain gear. As for children id say. Over 12 as these fish r strong anf hundreds of pounds
Big Valley Sportfishing Adventures
Big Valley Sportfishing Adventures
You can’t keep chinook salmon at this time but that was ok as we just wanted to catch and release.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can’t keep chinook salmon at this time but that was ok as we just wanted to catch and release.
Built For Speed Fishing Charters
Built For Speed Fishing Charters
Weather can't be controlled. We had some strong winds that made it impossible go out deep for halibut. The salmon fishing was as good as could be expected for the weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can't be controlled. We had some strong winds that made it impossible go out deep for halibut. The salmon fishing was as good as could be expected for the weather.
Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures
Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures
Please listen to your captain and always follow their recommendations. If they tell you a day is not good follow their instructions the captains know the waters they boat and fish in like the back of their hand. Our captain was very knowledgeable. Recommended a different day and it was spot on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Please listen to your captain and always follow their recommendations. If they tell you a day is not good follow their instructions the captains know the waters they boat and fish in like the back of their hand. Our captain was very knowledgeable. Recommended a different day and it was spot on.
Reel Knockoffs Guide Service
Reel Knockoffs Guide Service
Absolutely! There are plenty of fishes and weather is good but be prepared of sea sickness and ways to prevent it. Check the waves too just in case you get sick with movement of boats due to waves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely! There are plenty of fishes and weather is good but be prepared of sea sickness and ways to prevent it. Check the waves too just in case you get sick with movement of boats due to waves.
Oceans West Adventures
Oceans West Adventures
Although we were in the spring and there were fewer salmon we still had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although we were in the spring and there were fewer salmon we still had a great time.
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
When fishing in Calgary for the first time definitely recommend getting a guide who knows the area so you aren't wasting time figuring out places/lures to use to catch fish in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
When fishing in Calgary for the first time definitely recommend getting a guide who knows the area so you aren't wasting time figuring out places/lures to use to catch fish in the area.
River People Guides
River People Guides
I was told I missed the great salmon time by about a week. Aim for the last 2 weeks in April.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was told I missed the great salmon time by about a week. Aim for the last 2 weeks in April.
Salmon Catcher Charters Toronto Ontario
Salmon Catcher Charters Toronto Ontario
Not a lot of fishing boats out, so hardly any competition. We were able to catch our limit for the day. I am sure if we stayed out longer we could have got Halibut as well, since the other boat did in the same area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not a lot of fishing boats out, so hardly any competition. We were able to catch our limit for the day. I am sure if we stayed out longer we could have got Halibut as well, since the other boat did in the same area.
Tofino Ocean Adventures
Tofino Ocean Adventures
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and be ready to roll with what may be presented to you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and be ready to roll with what may be presented to you.
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters
In Feb it’s alot colder than summer . Bring thermos with soup and coffee , and dress warmly. It was brisk but it makes you feel alive!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In Feb it’s alot colder than summer . Bring thermos with soup and coffee , and dress warmly. It was brisk but it makes you feel alive!
King Tide Charters
King Tide Charters Sooke, British Columbia
We couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day! Sun was shining, wasn’t too windy, fish were biting! We definitely over prepared but never know what to expect with being on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day! Sun was shining, wasn’t too windy, fish were biting! We definitely over prepared but never know what to expect with being on the water
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Opt for a seasoned local guide like Captain Scott in Ucluelet who knows the area well. His expertise can make a significant difference, ensuring you have a successful and enjoyable first fishing trip. Ucluelet’s weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day. Pack the essentials, be patient and enjoy the experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Opt for a seasoned local guide like Captain Scott in Ucluelet who knows the area well. His expertise can make a significant difference, ensuring you have a successful and enjoyable first fishing trip. Ucluelet’s weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day. Pack the essentials, be patient and enjoy the experience!
Oceans West Adventures
Oceans West Adventures
Contact the captain first, and he’ll give you all the information needed to include flexibility for weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact the captain first, and he’ll give you all the information needed to include flexibility for weather.
Niagara Fish Assassins Sportfishing
Niagara Fish Assassins Sportfishing
Its worth the effort to travel here...beautiful setting, plentiful fish and not overly commercialized
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its worth the effort to travel here...beautiful setting, plentiful fish and not overly commercialized
Sooke Salmon Charters
Sooke Salmon Charters
The captain admitted that the fishing is better prior to October but we had plenty of action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain admitted that the fishing is better prior to October but we had plenty of action.
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Northwest Saltwater Adventures

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