Getaways for summer 2017

Try for trout in west-central Alberta, jumbo perch in northern Ontario and bruiser bass—yes, bass—in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley

1Ken Bailey


An hour’s drive west of Red Deer will put you in the heart of outstanding fishing for brown trout. The list of productive waters is long, with Prairie and Chungo Creeks, and the Raven, North Raven and Clearwater Rivers, among the best. You can get all the hot local flies along with a host of tips on where and when to go from Red Deer’s TC Outfitters Fly Shop.

More info: (587) 876-8282;


2Matt Benson


Southern B.C.’s 180-kilometre-long Okanagan Valley is celebrated for its warm weather, lush orchards, wonderful wineries and, more recently, smallmouth bass. Four-pound fish are so common in the valley’s numerous lakes they barely get a second look, and 40-fish days are typical. Last fall, the area produced a 9.4-pound smallie, almost breaking the Canadian record.

More info: (250) 495-5070;


3Gord Pyzer


The world’s largest freshwater lake is renowned for spectacular lake, brook and rainbow trout fishing, but most anglers don’t know about the amazing jumbo perch fishery. To find out, just cast a small, minnow-tipped jig under a slip bobber among the cabbage weeds in one of the thousands of inlets between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. Ontario Tourism is a good place to start planning.

More info: 1-800-668-2746;