Northern Ontario’s Missinaibi Lake boasts some of the province’s remotest drive-to fishing
#3 The lake has a lot of fish. Like, a LOT
After driving 13 hours to reach Missinaibi, my first job should have been to set up camp before dark. But since my campsite was right on the water, I just had to make a few casts from shore. On my first one, I pulled in a walleye. On my third one, I hooked a pike. Turns out, it wasn’t just luck (or skill), there are simply a lot of fish in the lake. Missinaibi has good fishing for walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass—really good.
Amazingly, I caught three species—bass, pike and walleye—from shore, including the football of a smallie above. Bear in mind that this was my first visit to the park, and I had no local fishing info other than a good hydrographic chart. On top of that, I was fishing from a kayak, so my range was limited (more on that on the next page). Yet, as I explored the lake, I had steady bass, pike and walleye action throughout my trip.