Fantastic fishing getaways for 2017

Check out the multi-species action at Mazinaw Lake, the Dean River’s spectacular steelhead and Nesland Lake’s sassy trout


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Mazinaw Lake

Plunging to 475 feet deep, eastern Ontario’s Mazinaw Lake is home to healthy natural populations of lake trout. But this Shield lake also boasts largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and panfish. A great base for anglers is Bon Echo Provincial Park, which features 500 campsites, a boat launch and docking. For more about fishing and camping in the park, see

More info: 1-888-668-7275;

—Scott Gardner 

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Dean River

An incredible summer run of powerful, chrome-sided steelhead makes B.C.’s Dean River one of the world’s top destinations for avid steelheaders. Thanks to special regulations and limited angler numbers, the fishing is stellar, with plenty of fresh steelhead eager to attack flies. The B.C. Adventure Network is a good place to find accommodations and guides.

More info: 1-877-325-7770;

—Wayne Phillips

Nesland Lake

This Saskatchewan lake’s rainbow trout grow big and sassy, thanks to an abundant insect population. Nymphs produce best, while seasonal hatches also make for excellent fishing. Located 15 kilometres east of Shell Lake on Highway 3, Nesland is ideal for fly fishing from a float tube. Colin Regier of the Northern Fly Fisherman near Saskatoon is a good source of info.

More info: (306) 665-0076;

—Wayne Phillips