Don't Miss Fishing These Canadian Lakes

Jess KContributor IIIDecember 22, 2010

While Canada is home to many spectacular fishing locations, it can be hard to investigate every great fishing hole in one lifetime.

As a result, many of these lakes are passed up by fishermen who might otherwise have preferred to venture out into unknown fishing territory.

Here are two of Canada’s lakes that should not be missed.

Great Bear Lake

The closest town to this beautiful lake is the town of Deline, which is located in the Northwest Territory.

This lake is over 31,000 square kilometers in size and is the perfect place for anglers everywhere to seek out for large Arctic Grayling and trout. If you are lucky, you might also find yourself reeling in a few Arctic Char and Whitefish as well.

The deepest this lake gets is just over 445 meters. This makes Great Bear Lake the biggest lake in Canada and the fourth largest lake in all of North America. In fact, the last recorded world records for the largest trout were caught in this very lake, which is why if it is trophy sized fish that you are seeking, then this is the lake for you.

In 1995, a lake trout weighing almost 75 pounds was caught here before being released back into the depths.

The water of Great Bear Lake is extremely shallow as well as cold, as this lake is covered in ice for around eight months of the year. This makes fishing here much different than fishing in the lower areas of Canada.

When fishing Great Bear Lake, you can either troll or cast in water that is as crystal clear as it gets and not often any deeper than around 15 feet.

Great Slave Lake

Another great lake to not miss is the Great Slave Lake.

This lake is closest to the town of Hay River, which is also located in the Northwest Territory. A little smaller than Great Bear Lake, Great Slave Lake is just over 28,500 square kilometers and is home to many large Walleye, trout, Arctic Grayling and Northern Pike.

There is easy public access to this lake, located in Yellowknife’s Old Town location.

The deepest parts of Great Slave Lake measures nearly 615 meters deep, making this lake the deepest in all of North America.

Both Slave and Hay rivers are this lake's main tributaries, as the Mackenzie River also serves as its drain. However, this is another lake that is covered in ice for as many as eight months out of the year. 

If you find yourself looking for some exciting fishing in Canada, these lakes are not to be missed as they.

Grab your fishing gear and head out as soon as that ice thaws.