Where is the best place to fish in Canada?

According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ontario typically sees the most fishing-related visits, with a reported 363,500 visitors in 2015 alone. Some popular fishing locations in Ontario are Lake Simcoe, Trout Lake, Lake Ontario, Lake Nipissing, Lake of the Woods, Lake Erie, and more.

Fishing-related visits by province:

What are fishers catching in Ontario?

According to the same study, the 3 most common fish species caught in Ontario are Walleye (referred to as Pickerel in many regions), Yellow Perch, and Bass

See the best type of lures for each species:

Which province / territory fishes the most?

Roughly 1 in every 10 Canadians are actively fishing! In a 2015 survey, the DFO approximated that "3.2 million adult anglers actively participated in a variety of recreational fishing activities [in 2015]". 

By little surprise, it was found that Ontario had the most active fishers. This, however, does not account for the province's large population. When accounting for population Newfoundland and Labrador has the most active fishers with 21% of its population actively fishing.



What are the most-caught fish in Canada?

As seen in the infograph above, the most-caught fish in Canada is the Walleye, accounting for 26% of all recreational catches in 2015. This figure is consistent with the top 3 species caught for each province below: 


The second most-caught fish is the trout, a common fresh-water fish found throughout the country. It consisted of 20% of all reported catches in 2015 and remains a popular game fish due to its feisty resistance against a line and hook.


Perch, Pike, and Bass: three other common fish in Canadian lakes that collectively account for 35% of all fish caught. Chances are, if you fish a lake in Canada, you will come across one of these timeless creatures.