Best Places to Go Ice Fishing in Edmonton

Dec 29, 2023

Jason fell in love with fishing around 10 years ago when his dad bought him a rod and reel and he felt that very first tug of the line. Since then, fishing has become his connection with nature in every season, and a chance to escape the noise for a while. Read on for tips, tricks and a guide to some of the best spots to drop a line in and around Edmonton this winter. Pigeon Lake, Long Lake, Wabamun Lake, Hermitage Pond and Spring Lake are just the beginning!

Always check the ice report and weather conditions before heading out to fish!

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Get your Gear

It might seem strange to want to gear up and go spend a morning on a sheet of ice, but once you step out onto a frozen lake for the first time, you'll understand why ice fishing is such a popular winter activity! Ice fishing is not all that different from fishing in the warmer months - you still need the basic fishing equipment like a rod, reel and tackle or bait. You can buy specific tackle for ice fishing if you wish, but just about anything in your arsenal will work just fine - the biggest difference will be your rod. You may not want to bring out the six-footer you would normally use in the summer, because you are standing directly over the hole in the ice. You can buy ice fishing rods that are much shorter (around a foot and a half) or you can even make your own with a small plank of wood and some fishing line!

Go Fish!

First things first, make sure you have a current fishing license. Always check the weather conditions and the forecast, just like you would in the summer. Most importantly, always check the ice report for the body of water you are travelling to. If the ice is less than 10 cm (4 inches) deep, you shouldn’t be walking out. Lastly, never go ice fishing on a river. The current makes the ice unpredictable, so stick to static bodies of water.

Spring Lake, near the city, is a good option for catching rainbow trout. Be prepared to trek on foot from your car, and consider bringing a small sled for your gear. Despite the challenge, the peaceful and less crowded atmosphere makes it worthwhile. There are various lakes and ponds around Edmonton perfect for ice fishing—don't limit yourself to summer fishing spots. Get out there and enjoy the winter fishing experience! Tight lines!