Located between the western side of Algonquin Park and the Georgian Bay/Parry Sound area, the Almaguin Highlands has over 3600 lakes and features the extensive – and stunning – Magnetawan River watershed.
There is a range of accommodations to enjoy, including small luxury resorts, B&B’s, cottage resorts and campgrounds. The real beauty of this area is that it is less crowded than its neighbour to the south (Muskoka), but being located only about 2-½ hours north of Toronto, the area is easily accessed for a quick fishing trip or a longer family vacation.
You’ll also find a number of services for anglers, from one of the best-stocked bait & tackle shops north of the GTA, to boat and motor rentals by the day.
Spring smelt fishing is available on Lake Barnard and Ahmic lakes. In addition, the area lakes have an abundance of large and small mouth bass, walleye/pickerel, northern pike, lake trout, and crappie. Rainbow and brook trout can be found in some of the smaller streams as well. Ask your local accommodation provider for tips as to where to find them.
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