Cold Lake

Cold Lake Fishing Guide

Marina dock at Cold Lake, Alberta

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Cold Lake Fishing

Cold Lake fishing is a popular pastime for nearby residents and for those out of province and even out of the country. Located on the border of the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, this lake is one of the largest and best of both for fishing.

With an area of 144 sq. miles and a depth of 300 feet in some spots, the lake is home to the most abundant variety of fish species in Alberta, with about 24 currently known species, and is well known for its prime Lake Trout fishing.

For those who are visiting or new to the area, Cold Lake fishing guides can identify the various species and show you where to catch them. If you have made your way to Canada to experience some of its fantastic fishing and bold outdoor culture, Cold Lake is the place to be.

Cold Lake Fish Species

As stated, Cold Lake is home to a great variety of fish – this is part of what makes it so appealing to anglers. Here you can find Lake Trout, Walleye, Brown Trout, Lake Whitefish, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Burbot, and Northern Pike. The list is extensive so don’t be surprised if you come across even more species than are listed here.

Actually, Cold Lake has a reputation for hosting one of the most diverse fish species in the area. Though sizes of fish range, some big ones have been pulled out of the lake over the years. In fact, in 1929 a giant 52-pound Lake Trout (Alberta record catch) was reeled in from its waters, and big fish continue to be landed here today year-round.

Ice fishing on the lake in the winter months for Lake Trout is also a very popular activity. Cold Lake fishing charters and guides can provide you with personalized or group fishing trips with all the expertise and gear you will need to catch your own trophy.

More About Cold Lake, Alberta

The small town of Cold Lake itself makes a nice and cozy base for your fishing adventures. After a few days spent fishing, check out the nearby attractions and leisure activities to rest up for more days spent on the water.

  • Cold Lake Marina: Useful for renting boats and fishing charters, this large marina is also a fantastic place to enjoy a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk or a quiet lunch.
  • Cold Lake Museum: Learn about the small town and the role that the pioneers, aboriginals, and military played there. There is also another museum dedicated to the Air Force and a gallery featuring the importance of oil and gas to the area.
  •  Cold Lake Provincial Park: This park has activities available both in winter and summer. Laze around the beach or opt for canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, or windsurfing around the lake. Try your hand at sailing and paddle boating or just stick to swimming and fishing. There are over 200 species of birds around the park, so spend a day out amongst the trees trying to spot as many as you can. Make your way along the hiking trails or try skiing and ice fishing if the weather is cooled down.
  • Meadow Lake Provincial Park: Located on the Saskatchewan side, this park is one of the province’s largest. It is home to a cluster of lakes and a dense boreal forest. The cluster of lakes is actually more than just a cluster as it numbers in around 20. Hang out on the beaches or try out windsurfing and boating.
  • Northern Pike can be found all around the park and camping is allowed if you prefer to make it an overnight fishing trip. Aside from fishing, there is a golf course, riding stables, and several hiking trails to be explored. There even is a trail that is dedicated to birdwatchers where you can see red-tailed hawks, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and golden eagles. If you choose to make it to the park during winter, there are skiing trails, snowmobiling, and snowboarding.

Cold Lake has all of the scenery, the variety of fish, and the experienced guides you need for a fishing trip to remember. If you want to explore one of Canada’s best fishing destinations, be sure to book your trip and a Cold Lake fishing guide or fishing charter as soon as possible.