Manitoulin Island is the world's largest freshwater lake island. With an area of 2,766 km² (1,068 square miles), it is the 174th largest island in the world, and Canada's 31st largest island. Part of Ontario, Canada, the island separates the larger part of Lake Huron to its south and west from Georgian Bay to its east and the North Channel to the north. Manitoulin Island itself has 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn a few of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds. Lake Manitou (about 104 km²) is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world. The island in Mindemoya Lake is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake in the world. Manitoulin Island has three rivers, the Kagawong, Manitou, and Mindemoya Rivers, which provide spawning grounds for Atlantic Salmon and trout.


Manitoulin Island, fishing in the heart of Ontario’s Rainbow Country Canada

Manitoulin Island Fishing in Ontario. All of the information you need to start fishing - some of the best fresh water fishing anywhere in the world! From salmon, northern pike, to walleye, smallmouth bass and speckled trout - in lakes, rivers, or streams on Manitoulin Island in Ontario

Manitoulin Island is located at the northern edge of Lake Huron. It is accessible by bridge at Little Current or by ferry from Tobermory. Manitoulin is the largest freshwater island in the world at 180 kms - long (112 miles) and 50 kms wide (31 miles) an area of 1,068 square miles (2,766 square km). The name Manitoulin is derived from an Algonquin Indian word for “island of the spirits.”

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Manitoulin Island Northern Pike Fishing

Manitoulin Island fishing

The most plentiful Manitoulin Island fishing species in area lakes is the great northern pike and they are easily fished throughout the open water season. In the river and the lakes of Manitoulin Island you will find a wide range of sizes from small northern pike up to three and four pounders. You catch them casting with buzz baits, still fishing from a boat docks or trolling along the weed beds. They will hit on spoons, spinners, and live bait. Many larger pike are caught throughout the season in the 6 plus pound range using larger bait while casting into the weed beds and lily pads. Avid fisherman and youngsters alike will enjoy this feisty catch regardless of the size. They will give you a fight and make a fisherman of anyone who enjoys catching fish. Smaller northern up to the three and four pound range are good eaters. When you're cleaning your catch I'll show you how to remove the Y-bone so that you can enjoy the solid meat of a Manitoulin Island great northern pike filet.

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Walleye Fishing Tips » Fishing in Mindemoya Lake for Walleye on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. Here is a simple walleye fishing tip that I use for one area of a lake I fish frequently on Manitoulin Island and the lake is Mindemoya lake. This walleye fishing tip will work on most lakes of various sizes anywhere walleye are caught.

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Walleye Fishing on Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island fishing

Lake Mindemoya enjoys a healthy population of Ontario's fish. Early in the season Lake Mindemoya is a favorite spot to find the elusive Manitoulin walleye. Many anglers find the Lake Mindemoya and Kagawong Lakes on Manitoulin Island teaming with walleye at the opener. As spring turns to summer the walleye will move into the lakes where you will find them along the weed beds, on the humps, or when fishing the rock piles. Baits used to attract walleye include night crawlers with a harness and jigs or spinners with live bait. You will find their preference changes throughout the summer from worms, to minnows or leaches. The fresh white filets of a walleye are hard to beat. See Walleye Fishing Tips

Oakes Cottages » Lake Mindemoya is famous for its walleye fishing.



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I have fished Northern Ontario lakes all of my life. I have made learning about fishing and knowing about fishing my life. I know all of the best Northern Ontario lakes to fish and the best places to fish on each lake like I know the back of my hand. Whether you want to fish for salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, or muskie, I can get you to the lake especially suited for each particular species. Not only can I get your fishing charter to the best lake but I can also get you to the spots on the lake where they will bite. The happiness of my customers is very important to me.

Manitoulin Island Fishing Gear and Methods

Manitoulin Island fishing

You don't need expensive tackle to have a good fishing trip on Manitoulin Island lakes and rivers. An good rod and appropriate reel are good enough to land any fish from these waters (although skill, patience and a good deal of time will be needed to land "the big one"). You can get more advice on the type of equipment best suited to your needs Email us:

Most fishing in the rivers and lakes in Manitoulin Island is done with natural baits such as worms, dead or live minnows, crayfish, and leeches, fished on or near the bottom. Figure 1 shows the two most commonly used bottom fishing techniques.

Pickerel Rig Walleye live in the lakes and rivers they spawn during late April and early May. Walleye prefer deep water with a rocky bottom, shoreline, bridge pilings or similar forms of cover. To catch them, fish on or near the bottom using a pickerel rig baited with minnows or worms, a jig with a jig tail or natural bait, spinner baits, spoons, or deep-running crank baits. Most anglers catch the majority of their fish from early May to early June, late August to freeze up and during the winter ice fishing season.

Pickerel rigs, which can be bought packaged and ready to use, keep the bait just above the bottom. The slider sinker rig, which keeps the bait even closer to the bottom.

Remember, if you are fishing the river bottom, you will need a heavy weight to hold the bait in the current.

However, to catch fish that like surface or midwater areas, you will need to use a float or bobber. The sliding float rig shown in Figure 2 allows you to set the depth of your bait and change it easily. This rig is good for walleye when they are feeding on fish near the surface.

Pickerel Rig 2

There are also many types of artificial lures or combinations of lures and natural baits that can be used (Figure 3). A spinner bait can be used as is, with a jig tail, or baited with a dead minnow or worm. All are good for walleye and pike. Jigs can be used with minnows and worms, or with any color pattern of jig tail. Especially effective for walleye, jigs can be cast and retrieved or fished near the bottom. Spoons and crank baits are also effective bait for pike and walleye .


Fish Handling and Food Safety Guidelines

Manitoulin Island fishing

The following guidelines are similar to those recommended for hamburger during the barbecue season and will help you enjoy your catch.

PREPARATION - Clean Hands, Clean Utensils and Cool Temperatures


Manitoulin has an abundance of fishing. There are many fishing holes all over the island. If fishing off a pier or the shoreline isn't to your liking then there are several charters specializing in down rigging for salmon or just a leisure cruise around the lakes.

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