Fishing in Algonquin

Algonquin Park attracts a diverse group of fishermen and women from all over the world. From new ones to old ones and everything in between, Algonquin is the best place to experience the excitement of catching a big one on your line.
There are many different types of fish in Algonquin’s Lakes. They include small and large mouth bass, lake, speckle and rainbow trout, splake which are stocked annually by the park, pickerel and more.

Try shore fishing at the Whitney dam or the Tussle on Gailairy Lake where you can easily catch bass and pickerel or head out onto Opeongo Lake where you will have the best opportunity to catch lake trout. Canoe into Gailairy lakes mud bay where I have personally caught my fair share of bass and pickerel or try Hay Lake which is known for its pickerel stocks.

Another fantastic way to fish Algonquin is to try one of the many rivers. The Madawaska River for instance is both scenic and a great place to fish. It’s accessible at the town of Whitney and also further down the river by four wheel drive vehicles. Madawaska is Indian for mad rushing water and at the top of our list for things to experience while in Algonquin Park.

Fishing requires a fishing license for adults under 65 (available at the east and web gates as well as Canadian tires country wide). If your just looking to try fishing for the first time. One weekend a year no licenses are required.


  • Catch the big one!
  • Do several things at once, sight see, fish and relax
  • Open water presents a danger for drowning. Keep your little ones close and be careful not to fall in!