Edmonton-area hot spots: 7 waters for trout, walleye and more

The manger of the local Wholesale Sports fly shop picks the best local fishing

With 13 stores in western Canada, Wholesale Sports is just about everywhere, supplying anglers, hunters and other outdoorsfolk with gear. The following hot spots are from Robert Clarke (above), manager of the South Edmonton store’s fly shop. Clarke’s picks reflect his fishing interests, which include river walleye, tossing dry flies at grayling and getting his young kids on the water.

More info: Wholesale Sports, 1-800-696-0253, www.wholesalesports.com

 

ATHABASCA RIVER, ALBERTA

GPS: 54.744, -113.272

FISH: Arctic grayling, burbot, goldeye, northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Incredible scenery with world-class walleye and dry-fly grayling fishing

WHEN: August to October

 

MALIGNE LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 52.663, -117.532

FISH: Brook and rainbow trout

HIGHLIGHT: Possibly the most beautiful place on earth, with gorgeous trout

WHEN: May 17 to September 30

 

MILLERS LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 53.559, -116.769

FISH: Brown and rainbow trout

HIGHLIGHT: Challenging fishery with quality trout

WHEN: Spring and fall

 

MUIR LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 53.623, -113.956

FISH: Brown and rainbow trout

HIGHLIGHT: Trophy trout, plus great bird watching

WHEN: Spring and fall

 

NAKAMUN LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 53.886, -114.210

FISH: Yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: Great for ice fishing with kids

WHEN: Ice season

 

NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER, ALBERTA

GPS: 53.532, -113.489

FISH: Goldeye, lake sturgeon, northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Flows through Edmonton, with trophy walleye and prime sturgeon fishing

WHEN: May to November

WABAMUN LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 53.543, -114.564

FISH: Northern pike

HIGHLIGHT: Near Edmonton, it has many pike, with a real chance at 40-inchers

WHEN: Year-round (ice season for trophies)