Algonquin Park is known around the world as one of the best places to go on a wilderness canoe trip. Algonquin also happens to be home to one the best trout fisheries in Canada. In fact, Algonquin Park has the highest concentration of brook trout lakes and streams in the world.
Many lakes in Canada have had their fish stocks reduced by overfishing and invasive species. Yet in Algonquin Park ‘s backcountry, the native fishery remains more or less undisturbed and is naturally reproducing. A wilderness canoe trip into Algonquin’s backcountry is the best way ( and in most cases the only way) to access the great trout fishing lakes and rivers.
A PROTECTED FISHERY - No live bait or winter ice fishing
Algonquin Park fishing is protected by the Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry regulations. There is no ice fishing permitted in Algonquin Park as trout season is closed in the fall and doesn’t reopen it until April. The use of live bait fish is also prohibited in the park. In addition, there is no live bait in Algonquin Park and most lakes do not allow motors.
WHERE TO FISH
Most fishermen and women are reluctant to tell you where their favourite fishing hole is. Those with experience worry about the future of catching trout and therefore don’t share much when it comes to specific information. The best advice we can offer is to go with a guide who can help you with trips and instruction and do your fishing homework.
WHERE TO PURCHASE A FISHING LICENSE?
Ontario fishing licenses are available online for both Canadian Residents and Non-Residents and must be purchased before your arrival.
ALGONQUIN PARK FISHING RESOURCES
- All anglers should know the catch limits, rules and regulations, and can learn from local fishing research. The Friends of Algonquin Park website has a very comprehensive fishing information page with links to Ontario fishing regulations, backcountry trout fishing survey results (pro tip: read this!), fish stocking lists and useful publications.
- Connect with other Algonquin Park addicts online. One of the busiest forums, with many threads on fishing, can be found at Algonquin Adventures:
The Friends of Algonquin Park group publishes two inexpensive and useful booklets on fish and fishing, plus a lake depth map book:
- Fishes of Algonquin Provincial Park
- Fishing in Algonquin Provincial Park
- Lake Depth Maps of Algonquin Provincial Park
Read the Algonquin Park fish survey results, stocking lists and find links to fishing regulations: