SEASON OPEN: April 22nd – Sept 30th 2017
BEST TIME TO GO: Ice Off in late April until late June

 

Algonquin Park is one of the most beautiful places in Canada to adventure all year round. With spring comes the lush fauna waiting to be meandered through and the exciting opportunity to spot young wildlife along Highway 60 while early fall provides a breathtaking view of the changing of the leaves. 

Depending on your preference, anglers will tell you the reason you want to visit Algonquin Park in either season is because of the incredible trout fishing. And there is nothing more alluring than the acclaimed Trout Opener. 

Starting on the fourth Saturday in April and lasting all the way to September 30th, anglers have the chance to head out to Algonquin Park for ample brook trout and lake trout fishing opportunities. Though the season is long, the most optimal time to catch these cold water fish is just after ice off in late April, up until late June, when the trout are often found closer to the surface. However, with a long summer comes warmer fall days where the same rules regarding water temperature will apply.

 

Map Courtesy of Backroad Mapbooks Waterproof Algonquin Park Map

 

 

Where to Go

With over 1,500 lakes to choose from in Algonquin Park, it can be tricky to know exactly which one will get you that prized trout or the most consistent action. Generally, you will want to steer yourself a little farther away from any crowds and towards the quieter lakes in the park, which are typically found around the east side. One easy to access, but out of the way access point that accesses several prime trout lakes is Shall Lake north of Madawaska. However even in the busier parts of the park, it is not hard to find your own favourite fishing hole, as there is quite the selection spread throughout the park. If this is your first trip to Algonquin for trout fishing season, here are a few lakes to start you off:

  • Big Trout Lake
  • Booth Lake
  • Grand Lake
  • Ragged Lake
  • Rock Lake

 

What to Know

Algonquin Park is considered one of the best places for trout fishing in the entire world, and it is all thanks to the special regulations in place to ensure no populations are overfished. Before you head out to fish, refresh your knowledge on the special regulations in Algonquin Park, as well as the entire province of Ontario, in the PDF copy of the Fishing Regulations Summary. A quick snapshot of the key regulations includes:

  • Possession and use of live baitfish prohibited within Algonquin Park
  • No fishing within 100 metres (330 ft) of any dam in Algonquin Park
  • It is illegal to transfer fish from one body of water to another
  • Dip-nets and bait fish traps may not be used to harvest baitfish

 

How to be a Pro

If you have been out trout fishing before, you probably have some of your own tricks for catching that prize trout, but for any beginners here are a couple of tips to help you reel in a reely big laker:

 

Stay Near the Surface

During the warmer months, lake trout like to stay close to the surface of the water, where it has been warmed up by the sun, providing a comfortable place for them to hang out.

 

Use the Rocks

Because rocks will retain any heat from the sun, this will attract many trout looking for a warm place to hang. Using a slow troll or drift, travel back and forth just off a point or along a deep rock shelf. Try larger spoons like Williams Wobblers, Little Cleos and even body baits like Cotton Cordels or Rapalas. Alternatively, you can also drift along the same areas and try jigging twister tail jigs and a worm, tubes or spoons over the same areas and just let the wind lead your way.

 

Read The Depths

Using a GPS with bathymetric charts or a map with depth charts, look for drop offs no deeper than 14 metres (45 ft). Once you locate the ideal depth, you can troll along the drop-offs to attract the trout.

 

Dress in Layers

Spring and early fall can produce all kinds of weather variations. To ensure you do not get cold or overly hot, be sure to dress in layers using a moisture wicking under layer and a rainproof outer layer.

 

Keep it Slow

When trolling, remember to keep it slow, almost at walking speed. You can paddle or even let the wind push you on windy days. The key is to cover water and make sure your lure is down at least 5 to 7 metres (15-25 ft) in the spring and much deeper as the heat of summer comes on.

 


 

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