Take the bait, fish in Athabasca!

Whether you are looking for guided-fishing tours, a more challenging fish-venture or just bragging rights, the Athabasca Region has numerous options for you!


Bring on the Fishing Challenge

Brace yourselves, fishing professionals, Athabasca has something for you as well; tackle the mighty Athabasca River! Holding a spot as one of the longest free-flowing rivers in Alberta, the Athabasca River offers the challenges you seek on your next fishing adventure. Enjoy watersports, get in touch with nature or catch an array of fish. The Athabasca River is home to Goldeye, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, Walleye, Grayline, Burbot and many others! The river flows the clearest during early Spring and Summer.

Just a heads-up, you will definitely see more fish than people when you visit here.

Now that you have taken the bait and narrowed your options, don’t forget to purchase your fishing license. You will also need to look up which bait to use for lakes and rivers. Invest in durable equipment and gear from Cheap Seats Sporting Goods or Canadian Tire. You can also buy your fishing licence in Athabasca County at Ken’s News and Confectionary.

No boat? No problem!

Cast from many of the shores in the area, like the Boyle Fish Pond. You also have the option to fish from the Athabasca River shoreline. Sometimes the best stories derive from the most spontaneous trips, so for an additional experience to the spur-of-the-moment fishing trip, check out the birdwatching station south of Boyle on Hwy 831.

Guided Tours

Book a tour with Reel Angling Adventures and hook up the best fishing spots.

All packages include:

  • Professional Fishing Guide
  • 7 – 10 hours of fishing
  • Use of fishing equipment
  • Bait and tackle
  • Lifejackets
  • Rain gear
  • Use of binoculars
  • Snacks, Beverages; and
  • A ride on a King Fisher jet boat.

Guides are available all year long. That means, if you want to brave the winter for ice-fishing and knock it off your bucket list, you can!

Custom Tours

Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures

Fully Guided 4-day and 3-night Fishing Adventures on the Athabasca River.

All local, professional and experienced river guides.

Trips include comfortable log cabin accommodations, home-cooked meals, fishing, and jet boat transportation to the lodge and return. Plus much, much more.

GRWA has been providing multi-day fishing adventures for over 20 years to remote locations along the Athabasca River that are seldom visited by anyone. It’s the closest thing to a remote fly-in fishing experience that you will find, coupled with a safe and fun jet boat ride. Our main focus is on fishing for big Walleye, but many other species will take the bait when the bite is on. (Northern Pike, Goldeye, Burbot, Rocky Mountain Whites) We also understand that some of the guests travelling with you, may not be “that into fishing,” but may be easily convinced to spend a few days in a wilderness paradise and spend their time learning about the history of our great river, taking in the scenery, photographing/viewing the abundant wildlife, taking hikes, canoeing, or enjoying some of the many other exciting wilderness orientated activities that we provide for all of our guests. Or, they may simply prefer to relax and enjoy the quietness of the lodge and the pristine wilderness that surrounds it. Our trips make this all possible, and allow the people that love to fish, to fish, all the while, knowing that the other members of the group will be well taken care of.

A multi-day, wilderness fishing adventure, like no other.

Ice Fishing in Athabasca

Imagine the snow-capped trees, the sun glistening off miles of untouched powdery snow, and the crisp air filling your lungs. That’s the ideal spectacle for an Albertan winter and fitting scenery for a day of ice fishing in Athabasca.

Gone are the days when ice fishing was deemed as just a solitary activity. Today, gather a group of friends or family, tasty spirits to warm you up (or just coffee), snacks and embark on an ice fishing adventure together.


Licensing & Regulations

Fishing licenses and equipment can be purchased at Cheap Seats Sporting Goods and Canadian Tire in the town of Athabasca. Licenses are also available at Ken’s News and Confectionary on 51st Street in Athabasca.

Check out the latest Visitor’s Guide for more information on lakes in the area and where the fish can be found.

Make sure you’re up-to-date on Alberta’s fishing regulations. To view any changes to regulations, visit the MyWildAlberta website.


Ok, let’s go fishing!

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