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Canada Walleye Fishing Trips

Updated on June 28, 2010

Fishing for all species of fish is popular in Canada. Pike, trout, and bass are plentiful and draw fishermen and women from across North America and the world. However, no fish is more sought after in Canada’s cool waters than the walleye. With its green and gold coloring and unique eyes, walleye are both tasty and a challenge to catch. Here are some tips for planning the Canada walleye fishing trip that will give you some delicious meals as well as some great stories to tell back home!  

1. Choose a Location

The first step in planning your Canada walleye fishing trip is to choose the location where you want to fish. While walleye can be found throughout the country, northern Ontario is known as the walleye capitol of Canada. Known as “Sunset Country,” this region boasts 70,000 fishable lakes where you can fish for walleye. Canada’s tourist outfitters partner with the Ministry of Natural Resources to ensure that the walleye populations remain abundant and healthy.

2. Choose Your Lodging

You have several options for lodging for your Canada walleye fishing trip. Flyin fishing trips, in which an outfitter flies you in via plane to a remote lake inaccessible by road and leaves you there to stay and fish, are popular throughout Canada and offer the most secluded lodging option. Canada fishing cabins in more accessible locations offer a range of amenities which may include gas grills to cook your fish as well as boat rentals for use in your trip. These may be one-family units or a communal cabin with rows of beds and a shower house. Finally, full-scale fishing lodges offer luxury accommodations to return to after a day of fishing.

3. Prepare for the Fish 

Walleye are a popular fish throughout Canada not only because they are tasty but also because they are challenging to catch. Doing a little preparatory work before hitting the waters can increase your success in snagging the walleye. Walleye are typically short striking fish, meaning that they are adept at hitting bait without getting hooked. This is because unlike some other fish, walleye flare their gills and inhale their bait rather than striking it. To counter this, use a light line with little drag and use a short upward stroke to hook the fish rather than a longer stroke that may pull the bait out of the walleye’s mouth. Also consider using larger bait to increase the surface area to which the walleye’s sucking force is applied.  

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