Best Places to Go Fishing
The many rivers and lakes in and around Edmonton are perfect places to relax, unwind and maybe even come home with a legendary catch. John Schips, the primary contributor for flannelfishermen.com, is a fishing and hiking enthusiast who loves to explore Canada. Whether you're a longtime enthusiast or beginner fisherman, with John's help you'll find the perfect spots to reel 'em in!
Western Canada is home to some of the best fishing in North America. With an incredible amount of wilderness to explore, there is really something for everyone, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to escape the city and head into the wild. In this article we highlight some of the more convenient spots to fish in Alberta, specifically in and around the Edmonton area, which will hopefully allow you to take a break from the hustle and bustle while still landing some beautiful trophies!
There is also the option to try ice fishing during the winter months!
North Saskatchewan River
Arguably the most popular fishing spot in and around Edmonton, the North Saskatchewan River cuts through the city and offers an incredible amount of different fishing spots that play host to trout, walleye, sturgeon, and pike. Therefore, the North Saskatchewan River provides some great options, but can also make it a bit difficult to choose.
Many prefer to take a drive and head fairly far from the city to cast a line, but there are also some great local spots as well. These include, but are not limited to, the Hermitage Ponds for some nice rainbow trout, Dawson Park, near the Strathcona Science Park, and near the Dawson Bridge.
Wabamun Lake is a nice balance between escape and convenience. This lake is located about 65km west of Edmonton and it shouldn’t take more than an hour to reach. The main draw of this lake is the abundant Northern Pike with plenty of trophies swimming around. These pike can grow to more than 40 inches, and while they can be caught year-round, the best chance of catching a trophy is during the ice season.
Muir Lake is located about 40km Northwest of Edmonton and is reachable in about 40 minutes by driving, depending where you’re coming from. This lake is dominated by brown and rainbow trout, many of which can grow to trophy status. The best time to fish here is spring and fall, but you can certainly have a good day in the summer as well. Fish are stocked annually in May, and you can find the full stocking report here.