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Old 12-01-2005, 12:29 PM
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Wold anyone happen to know a good place in north america to fish for trout, salmon, or similar type fishing? I'm looking to take my old man on a trip in spring or summer depending if that is the prefered time of year in the area we decide to go to. I'm really interested in Alaska or Canada, but your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-01-2005, 12:37 PM
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http://www.ctfisherman.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi

this a great site for fishing reports.
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Old 12-01-2005, 01:08 PM
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Can definitely still get them, but when one reads about the salmon fisheries, they seem to be in big trouble all over. The eastern Canadian provinces collapsed by the early 90's... even British Columbia having big troubles by the late 90's. OR & WA certainly not what they used to be... don't know how things are in AK, but can't imagine it's too different there. The #1 problem is overfishing by commercial fishermen - they hit them year round, and they hit them hard... many fish stocks reduced 90% from historic levels. That's why when you buy salmon nowadays, it's normally farmed - they kicked the crap out of the wild ones.

I expect that freshwater fisheries not encountering commercial fishing pressure, and located away from the other issues, will be the healthiest. Brookies, browns, rainbows, arctic char, lakers, landlocked salmon... unless you are set on searun fish, if you really want a wilderness experience, that's what I'd suggest.

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P.S. Canada - all the big cities are located in a southern belt about 350 miles tall - once you get north of that, it's awfully quiet up there, and there is plenty of water. Virgin fishing, I don't believe exists anywhere in the world anymore, but Canada, north of it's big cities, will have plenty of very healthy fishing, and few places with any significant fishing pressure. Depending on your taste, can be flown in on a small plane to a wilderness lake or river for a week... or spend it with a guide on a bigger lake.
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Old 12-03-2005, 08:27 PM
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Thank you gentlemen. I appreciate the help.
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do you have any certain areas in mind?

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This fellow is expensive, but probably the best captain I know of. Fishes AK and Mexico.

http://www.primetimeadv.com/testimonials.html
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Hi Kewanee - I have been to Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska... but none of that was for fishing! All hardcore backpacking... I can tell you - Canada is terribly beautiful!

if I were you, I'd look over some of the commercial and government sites to get the lay of the land:
http://www.newfoundlandandlabradorto...ng_fishing.zap
http://www1.travelalberta.com/USA/index.cfm?
http://www.keepexploring.ca/microsite/fishing/
http://www2.touryukon.com/index.asp
http://www.bonjourquebec.com/anglais...che/index.html
http://www.nunavuttourism.com/site/default.asp
http://www.hellobc.com/en-CA/default.htm
http://www.theoutpostmall.com/canadian.htm
http://www.fishinglines.com/fish_species/species.html
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/pubs/fishont.pdf
http://www.lodgescanada.ca/
http://dmoz.org/Recreation/Outdoors/...merica/Canada/
http://www.canadatourism.ca/

...so you can generally find out what kind of terrain, beauty and fish species to find where, and and then check into some of the Canadian forums and ask the locals for some top spots or guide outfits;here are a couple of western Canada ones:
http://forum.fishbc.com/
http://www.sportfishingbc.com/forum/
http://www.westerncanadafishing.net/...egory-view.asp

The symbol of Canada - Mount Robson:
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Ocean Fjord at Gros Morne Park:


Aurora Borealis, Yukon:


Float plane on Yukon River in Yukon:



Those floatplanes are actually a lot less scary than they may seem at first - is no problem! If you are lucky, you will see both bear and wolf! I get all revved up just seeing some photos up there again
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You might want to contact the folks at the Atlantic Salmon Federation as to good places to check out:
http://www.asf.ca/default.htm
Here is a helpful report of theirs...
http://www.asf.ca/reports/2004state/popn2004_8x11_e.pdf

Atlantic salmon have taken a big hit, but there are some hopeful signs... and it seems there are still some places up in Labrador that have some good fishing for Atlantic Salmon and Arctic Char in the rivers, and Brook Trout in the lakes & ponds... there has been a moratorium on commercial salmon fishing in Labrador for 8 years now, and things have been improving.
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My wife and I have been to the NWT of Canada several times to the NORTH OF SIXTY camp with great fishing. Lots of big pike, lake trout, and grayling all at or near the surface. We fished with spinning lures and fly rods. The trip starts in Winnipeg, they fly you the 900 miles or so to camp and back, includes lodging, great food, and boat and motor. The gas and guide is extra. It is not a deluxe camp but rather a basic fishing camp. The price for a 5 day trip is $2,595.00. www.northofsixty.com 888-211-5189
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Old 12-04-2005, 12:41 PM
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Salmon fishing, salt water, is British Columbia . . . like YankeeBoater said, God's country

Salmon fishing, fresh water, is the great lakes

Lake Trout is Great Save Lake south of YellowKnife

Atlantic salmon is real tough . . . they have been devistated by over fishing

If you could give us more of an idea of what you want to do, then we could help more

However . . . for an experience of a life time

#1 Moose hunt in Newfoundland combined with river fishing

#2 Caribou hunt combined with Artic Char and Grayling
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