This large, nearly undeveloped lake in northern Quebec is accessible by road, air or train. “God put his finger on this place, and made it a paradise for walleye,” an American angler who has visited Tessier for decades told me. I can’t argue with that, other than to mention the trophy pike that also lurk here.
More info: (514) 316-4529; www.pourvoirielactessier.ca
Enjoy what’s arguably Canada’s best westslope cutthroat trout fishing on B.C.’s Elk River as it winds through the spectacular backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Arrange a half- or full-day guided float trip, or walk and wade from one of the many access points. Fernie Tourism is a good place to start for guiding and accommodation info.
More info: (250) 423-2037; www.tourismfernie.com
Little Smoky River
The Little Smoky is a premier Arctic grayling fishery within easy driving distance of Edmonton. Grayling up to 18 inches are common on this walk-and-wade stream and its tributaries, and there’s seldom much competition from other anglers through late summer and early fall when the fishing’s at its best. You can camp or stay in a motel in nearby Fox Creek.
More info: (780) 622-3896; www.foxcreek.ca