Ste. Marie- Any Angler’s Paradise
Tyler Dunn Guiding
Ontario offers province wide, world class
fishing opportunities. Southern Ontario boosts
amazing fisheries with trophy fish common on
bodies of water such as the Bay of Quinte,
Niagara River and Lake Simcoe; only to name a
few. Northern Ontario is world renowned for its
fishing opportunities. Not only do the fish grow
to trophy sized proportions but the numbers can
Sault Ste. Marie in particular offers a wide
variety of species available in a countless
number of lakes and rivers.
Sault Ste. Marie is located on the St. Mary’s
River which connects Lake Superior to Lake
Huron. The St. Mary’s River is extremely similar
to the Niagara River found in Southern Ontario.
Like the Niagara, the St. Mary’s is a gin clear,
extremely fast moving river. Another common
denominator is big fish! Trophy walleye, pike,
bass, lake trout, steelhead, musky, and five
species of salmon are available during different
times throughout the year. The upper river is
where the fast current can make fishing the most
difficult and quite frankly dangerous. The St.
Mary’s might be best known its rapids and the
world class rainbow trout fishing. Each spring
and fall, migratory rainbow trout (steelhead)
move from Lake Huron up river to spawn or feed.
The Steelhead average 4-6 pounds with behemoth
10 pound plus trophy fish always lurking in and
around the rocks. During the summer months
spunky resident rainbows can be found. These
fish are smaller but can reach a respectable 3
pounds. One unique opportunity found in the St.
Mary’s River is a thriving population of
Atlantic salmon. Each summer the Atlantics that
are stocked by Lake State University can be
found gorging themselves on the giant schools of
smelts. Atlantics can be targeted by boat on
both the U.S and Canadian sides of the river or
with waders in the rapids. One thing that stands
out about this fishery is they are aggressive,
feeding fish. The lower stretches of the St.
Mary’s is littered with schools of small and
largemouth bass, aggressive pike and a wonderful
walleye and perch population.
Lake Superior can be accessed at several spots
north of the city. Salmon and trout are usually
the targeted species although walleye, pike,
perch and even musky are available. Goulais Bay,
Haviland Bay and Old Women Bay are quite common
places for anglers to troll throughout the
entire open water season.
The Soo is surrounded by countless lakes, ponds,
rivers and streams. So many lakes in fact,
nobody could ever fish them all in their entire
lifetime; even if they tried. Most lakes around
the Soo are teeming with wild and stock
populations of lake or brook trout. Inland
rainbows, browns and splake are available but
are not as abundant as the lakers and brookies.
Lake Superior Provincial Park north of the city
is loaded with angling opportunities for the
adventurous angler looking to explore and
experience the wild, rustic Canadian wilderness.
The park is located along Highway 17 north of
Sault Ste. Marie and south of Wawa.
Other highways such as the 638,129 and the 556
are some of the most widely used roadways by
locals that give them access to prime fishing
areas. With a little homework some fantastic
fisheries are literally a stones through from
these highways. If you’re feeling a little more
adventurous there are hundreds; or should I say
thousands of small roads and trails into even
better lakes. Now, although the Soo is trout
paradise, walleye, pike, perch, and bass are
Many of the lakes just outside city limits boost
good populations of these species and receive
relatively minor fishing pressure.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is a midsized city for
Canadian standards with a population of 75 000.
The city not only offers topnotch fishing but
boosts a charity casino, locks tours, train
tours, famous Italian cuisine and one of the
most beautiful waterfronts in Ontario!