2016 Canada Fishing Videos

To get a real sense of what it’s like to go fishing in Canada Video comes second to actually being there.

Here are some great videos of Canada fishing trips from 2016 for you to enjoy

A Drone Canada Fishing Video by Christopher Stoller

 

Carlos Garces shares this video of his May 2016 fishing trip to Canada

Paul Petan takes a road trip to go fishing in Canada in June 2016

A fly-in fishing trip with William Clarkson and his crew

Walleye Fishing Gear

The Ultimate Walleye Fishing Gear Guide

Before going into Walleye fishing gear let me tell you about Walleye Fishing.  I started fishing for Walleye during my first fishing trip to Canada and it is by far my favorite all around fish.  Walleye will put up a great fight, they are excellent to eat, in Canada they are plentiful, and they are cool looking fish with cat like teeth.
Every Walleye fisherman will tell you about their best Walleye fishing gear.  They are all right and all wrong because what works today might not work tomorrow, so before investing in a ton of gear learn about Walleye and their behaviors and make sure you have enough in your tackle box to try out different things and see what works best for you.

Different fishing conditions require different approaches

A tea stained lake on a cloudy and windy day vs a clear lake on a sunny calm day are two different fishing environments.  The differences environments or time of the year cause fish to be docile, aggressive, suspended deep, or shallow and near the shore.  You’ll need fishing gear to find where they are and see what the Walleye are interested in on a specific day, lake, for certain weather, etc.
On top of that there are also different sized gear for your fishing needs.  In order to understand the importance of different size fishing reels I’ll start with an exaggeration to give you a visual.
Imagine trying to reel in a grown shark with a kids fishing pole.  Assuming you are strong enough to stay put and hold the rod.  The rod would likely snap in half and the reel has no chance in pulling the shark in your direction.  This is a very clear example of having a rod and reel too small.
On the other hand imagine having a steel cable attached to a ship with a hydraulic pulley to reel in fish.  Let’s assume a small bass gets on the hook.  You won’t have a clue it’s there and it’s obviously way more than what you need and overkill for fishing for bass.
Both examples are extreme, yet they illustrate a point that you need to use the right fishing gear for the type of fish being targeted.  It is not so obvious when looking for gear to differentiate between two similar sized fish.
We will help you get all of the right gear necessary to have a successful Walleye fishing trip even if it means trying out different lures, jigs, baits, or techniques.

Best Walleye Fishing Gear

Every Walleye fisherman needs a good fishing rod an reel.  Sure you can get away with a $19.99 special at Walmart, but if you are planning to Walleye fish for many years then invest in the best Walleye fishing gear you can afford.
Walleye are typically in 1-20 pound range and put up a good fight, which means you need a equipment that will stand up to the fight yet sensitive enough to determine when you have a bite quick enough to set the hook

Walleye Fishing Rod – 

    6-7’ Spinning rod
    Medium light to Medium action
    Made with Carbon Fiber or Graphite
    Don’t use fiberglass
    The 6-7’ medium light to medium action rod will give you enough length to get out away from the boat and short enough to provide the right amount of sensitivity to quickly identify when there is a Walleye biting on the other end.  Speaking of sensitivity it is very important to buy either graphite or carbon fiber rods.  They are more expensive than fiberglass, but they are much more sensitive and can make the difference between fishing and catching.

Walleye Fishing Reel – 

    Small to Medium sized reel (30, 35, 40 size)
    Spinning Reel
    Each manufacturer uses a loose standard numbering system for sizing fishing reels.  The numbers start at 10 for the smallest and go up to 30,000 for the largest.  The problem is that some manufacturers will use 10 for the smallest and another will use 1000 designating the same size reel.  It gets a bit confusing so we included a chart below to make it clear.
    I prefer using a 30 or 3000 spinning reel.  It’s big enough to power in a large walleye, but small enough to provide a good fight even with smaller fish.  I’ve also used a 40 or 4000 size reel for a considerable amount of time, however it just seemed too big.  The smaller fish didn’t present much of a challenge and the additional weight makes a difference when you hold the fishing pole for 8 hours on the lake.
    Go with a 30/3000 for general Walleye fishing and you can’t go wrong.  It’s my preferred fishing reel that I use 95% of the time.  If you are only targeting the monster Walleye then bump that up to a 40/4000.

Walleye Fishing Line – 

    6lb test
 
    I recommend 6 lb test line.  Its about as light as you want to go, but still enough strength to bring in the largest walleyes as long as you have your drag set properly and know how to bring in a fish.  If you want to be safe with larger fish then bump up the test to 8lb, but I wouldn’t go any larger than that.
 
    Mono vs Braid is a topic of great debate and I won’t try to sell you on either one of them.  i would suggest trying both and see what you like better.  It boils down to preference and there are plenty of discussions about which one is better.  Who cares, just try and decide yourself.

Walleye Tackle Box – 

       I like to think I’m a practical fisherman when it comes to fishing gear.  Some people have suitcase sized tackle boxes.  I prefer a small tackle box that stores the essential items such as pliers, extra fishing line, and enough jigs, lures, and bait varieties to try in case the walleye are not jumping into the boat.
Once you have the basic Walleye fishing gear you are now ready to jump into the wide world of tackle.  Specifically what tackle you need for Walleye Fishing.  Our Walleye Lures resource page will give you the knowledge required to make smart buying decisions to fill up your tackle box.

Canada Fly in Fishing

Canada fly in fishing trips

This is what most people dream about when it comes to the ultimate fishing trip.  Canada is full of lakes, thousands and thousands of lakes.
There are so many lakes in Canada that it’s just not possible to have roads that travel to all of them, so guess what happens when you too many lakes without an easy access?  Yep, that is right you have airplanes that fly directly to a lake.
This is what fly in fishing is all about.  It’s getting to that remote lake that very few people fish.  The fewer people that fish the lake means the more fish there are and that’s why people love fly in fishing.
If you are a real adventurer there are other ways to get to these remote lakes without a plane through a lot of hard work, portaging boats, and creative circumvention of beaver dams, but we will save that for another time.  This is about Canada fly in fishing.
The planes that fly into the lakes have pontoons instead of wheels for takeoff and landing and they land and takeoff directly from the lake.  These are single or dual prop planes that hold a handful of people along with your fishing gear.
There are a few different ways to experience a fly in fishing trip.

Fly-in fishing for the week

The first is to fly into a lake where the pilot lands on the lake and taxis you over to a dock where you unload your gear and setup camp on the shore in what is usually a primitive cabin.
During the week the pilot might come back to make sure everything is ok and you have the basics, but for the week you are left fending for yourselves by eating what you catch and whatever basics you brought along with you.
Most of the time there are no roads for leaving, no running water or electricity, but you’ll have a basic boat with a small motor along with gasoline and oil to get you around the lake to fish.
If you are luck there will be other lakes with short portages allowing you to take the boat and motor from one lake to another for the ultimate fishing adventure.

Fly-in fishing for a day trip

If you are not ready to be dropped on an island like survivor you can also take a day trip with a fly in fishing charter.
They will pick you up at a nearby lake dock and fly your group into a remote lake and pick you up later that day.  This provides the experience of a fly in without the concern about being left on your own for a week
Either way if your bucket list contains a Canadian fly in fishing trip then book one.  The cost is not outrageous and the experience will be remembered for a lifetime.

Canada Fishing Lodges

Canada Fishing Lodges

If you are ready to book a fishing trip to Canada you are in for the time of your life, but there are many Canada fishing lodges to choose from.  It’s important to make sure your expectations are aligned with what the resort, lodge, or cabins you book your stay with.
Similar to camping, some people enjoy sleeping in tents, others prefer a camper or motorhome, and some people want a hotel with room service and spa.  If you are a hotel person then a primitive cabin in the woods without running water will probably not be an enjoyable time for you.
Good thing is that no matter what your desire there are fishing lodges in Canada that will meet your expectations, so ask yourself what you want and then make sure the lodge provides it.

Primitive Camping

Probably the most rugged way to enjoy Canada.  Get dropped off in the middles of nowhere with no access to electricity, running water, or bathrooms.  The accommodations vary from tent camping to one room cabins. There are no roads, stores, or anything around you except nature.  A plane will fly in to drop you off and then pick you up after your trip is over.  Some outfitters will check on you during the week to make sure your group is ok and you have what you need.
This type of trip needs to be done by someone experienced with the outdoors and always with a group of people to help support each other.  It’s a tough and amazing week all around.

Fishing Cabins & Lodges

Most Canadian fishing lodges are owned by locals and have the main lodge area where the owners reside and then numerous cabins on their land that the guests stay in.  The cabins vary from simple single room to elaborate multi-room residences.
Most lodges rent out boats, sell gas, fishing bait, and everything you need to enjoy a week of fishing in Canada.  The good ones will accommodate to your needs.  If it’s your first time in Canada fishing they will help show you the ropes and give you as much guidance as needed within reason.
The majority of the lodges are run by everyday people and not some huge corporation.  This is their life and their land that they offer to paying guests.  Respect them and they will respect you.

Fishing Resorts

The resorts are usually just an upscale version of the Cabins/Lodges.  The accommodations are like comparing a Motel 6 to a Holiday Inn.  Fishing resorts are more expensive and cater more to the guests every desire.
Need a fishing guide?  Check
Need help docking your boat?  Someone will run out and help you
Don’t like to clean your fish?  No problem, we’ll take care of that
Too tired to make dinner?  It’s on the house
The list goes on and on.  Each resort caters slightly different, but you get the idea.  It’s fishing without the work.
For the best fishing experience in Canada make sure the right type of fishing lodge is selected for your group.  Misaligned expectations can ruin a perfectly planned vacation.  Do your homework and make sure you know what is right for you.
I recommend finding a Fishing Cabin or Lodge for your first Canada fishing trip.  Don’t go with a resort because you don’t get the full experience and don’t go primitive because you might not be ready for such a drastic change from your day to day life.  Most Canada Fishing lodges cater to the general population that just want to go to Canada for fishing and fun.

Canada fishing trips

Canada fishing trips

are something that you must experience to fully understand and appreciate.  I’m not sure if it’s the unlimited natural beauty of the great outdoors that is so plentiful.  It could be the relationships that you forge while hanging out with your family and friends. The awesome fishing doesn’t hurt either.
I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world visiting many countries and while everyone of them is a special memory, the Canada trips have a tangible feeling that you hold on until the next fishing year when you go back.

My First Canada Fishing Trip

It was about 10 years ago and it all started with a 16 hour drive from Illinois to Vermillion Bay, Ontario Canada.  My buddy and I drove straight through without stopping to sleep.  The trip started in early June when the weather in Central Illinois is warm and Canada can range from freezing to a nice summer day.
We stopped along the way to fill up the gas tank, buy fishing gear (jigs, artificial bait, and a new rod or reel just because), and stop in Wisconsin for some New Glarus brewery beer to take across the border.  After about 12 hours into the trip we reached the U.S. and Canada border.

Crossing Canadian Border

Our border crossing happened in International Falls, Minnesota.   After driving across a small river and through an industrial paper factory area.  A strange paper and glue like scent fill the air as you pull up to the window of the border crossing agent.  It’s a relatively painless experience and only need to handover your passport and answer a few questions to get through.
The border patrol agent just wants to make sure you are coming into the country legally and aren’t doing anything or bringing anything you shouldn’t.  Live bait is a no no and there are limits on the amount of Alcohol you can bring.  Make sure you read about what you can bring across the border and roll down your windows when approaching the agents window to give him full visibility of your vehicle.
In the off chance that they ask you to pull over and get inspected you will need to wait for probably an hour or more while they go through your stuff.  The more friendly, honest, and open you are at the window give you the best chances of making it through without an inspection.

 Driving to the lodge in Canada

After making it through the border we had another 4 hours before reaching camp.  The further north you go the more wide open it becomes.  Pine trees, hills, and lakes galore.
Road trips are always fun especially hanging out with friends, but once you end the 16 hour journey by pulling into a fishing camp there is nothing quite like it.  You can feel the excitement and even after an exhausting trip the renewed energy this place brings is amazing.

What to expect on your Canadian fishing trip

Our trips are typically one week long and the entire week is spent fishing, hanging out with friends, and plenty of adventures.  Being on a Canada fishing trip is almost like traveling into the past where you feel a sense of nostalgia for days gone by.  It connects us to a much simpler time where we were more connected with the outdoors and wildlife rather than video games, mobile devices, and the internet.
You’ll find yourself on a lake with nothing around you but clean water the clear blue sky.  There are thousands of acres of pine trees and more fish than you could catch in a lifetime.
I’ve been going to Canada every year since my initial trip and I’ll continue these adventures.  When my son is old enough I know where I will be taking him to connect, learn about life, and enjoy the disconnect from our busy day to day world.
Contact us to learn more about Canada fishing trips and any other questions you might have.