Ontario Fishing Species & Tackle

For your angling experience, we offer you the opportunity to fish for a total of five different species. You can choose one particular fish to angle for, or try your hand at all five. Talk about variety! Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, and Muskie. With this many species to catch we would like to give you some background information on each in hopes of enabling you to choose what species you would like to fish for while on a vacation at Anderson’s Lodge.

Get a Line on Tackle with “Tackle Talk” We are often asked “What should I bring”; in regards to equipment and tackle. In order to help you prepare the gear you will want to have to fish our area lakes, we have included the information on the following pages to assist you in planning for a successful trip.

Now, before we talk about fishing equipment, please be aware that all of our boats are equipped with paddles, nets, minnow buckets, and seat cushions. Swivel boat seats are also available for anyone who would like to use them.

The charts on the following pages illustrate the most common tackle, that in our experience, is proven to catch fish. Should you not be able to find the suggested tackle, we do carry all the necessary tackle that our guides recommend and use. We are an authorized dealer for St. Croix and carry a full line of their rods.

You will note that the charts are divided into categories according to species and also by angling experience. These charts have been designed to assist you in choosing the proper equipment you may need, based on your past amount of angling experience. This is not to say that you can’t use gear or tackle listed in other categories, but rather use these charts as a basic guideline only.

Select a species below:

Walleye Fishing in Ontario Canada Northern Pike Fishing in Ontario & Sioux Lookout
Walleye Northern Pike
Smallmouth Bass Lake Trout

Additional Gear Aside from tackle and equipment, there are several other items you should be sure to have in order to make your fishing trip with us more enjoyable.

  • RAIN GEAR: It is essential for your personal comfort. We suggest that you bring it with you daily to reassure you will stay dry in the event of foul weather.
  • CAMERA: For your memories and the best way to keep a permanent record of your trip. Digital cameras will allow us to view your daily catches and provide for brochure photos. Make sure your camera is charged or that you have extra batteries! We do carry an assortment of batteries in our shop.
  • COOLER: You can use it during your trip to keep cold beverages on ice every day. At the end of your trip it will be used to transport your catch home with you. It is best if you bring 2 or 3 medium size coolers instead of one big one.
  • THERMOS: For those that like coffee, we suggest you bring one along. Your guide will always prepare a pot of “Fire Brewed” Java for you at shore lunch, however, if you prefer to have coffee rather than other beverages during the day a thermos is an excellent idea.
  • CLOTHING: Regardless of the time of the year it is important to bring enough clothes so that you are prepared for any kind of weather. We recommend clothing that can be layered on or off. Temperatures early in the season can be cool, and may require a medium weight jacket with a heavy sweater. By noon you may be down to shirt sleeves or less. For fall, it’s always important to bring warm clothing. The fall here is beautiful, and the fishing is excellent but you will require heavier clothing. Regardless of the time of year, it’s always a good idea to bring some gloves. If it is raining it’s nice to have a pair of gloves to put on. Also, a hat and sunscreen is suggested to help protect you from the sun.
  • FOOTWEAR: Most of the time normal footwear is adequate but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have either a pair of waterproof boots or a pair of pull on type rubber overshoes, to pull over whatever kind of footwear you are wearing. This makes it a lot more comfortable in the event of rain. Or, an old pair of rubber soled running shoes will work well.
  • OTHER: The only live bait that is legal to bring into the country is nightcrawlers (packed in bedding, not soil) and frozen or salted minnows, and frozen Herring. Smelt, live minnows, leeches, and crayfish are illegal to bring into Canada



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