We’ll let you in on a secret – you can find non-stop adventure in the lakes and rivers in the Tri-Region. There are many bodies of water coursing throughout the area and it’s time you explore them all this summer. With the help of a few fishing guides, we’ll give you the scoop on places for a lazy day out with your best reel and hook. So, let’s go fishing.
Do We Have Everything?
Much like swimming on an empty stomach, it’s best to get a meal in you before you hit the waters. At the very least, you don’t want to be out on a lake with no food to keep you for the rest of the day. If you’re not about packing sandwiches with all the dips and fixings, no problem – the Tri-Region has your food needs covered. Start with a classic fishing snack at Wilhauk Beef Jerky. Self-proclaimed best jerky in Alberta, Wilhauk offers jerky, pepperoni and sausage all made from high-quality Alberta beef. They also have what we believe are great sauces and dips, meaning they won’t be leaving your jerky high and dry on the waters.
If you’re in the mood for lunch, hit up Jack’s Drive-In. This establishment has been around longer than you’ve likely been alive and for a good reason – there’s no better way to eat a burger than in a glossed out retro joint. Our suggestion? Grab the Nathan’s Hot Dog.
You can find excellent artisanal craft goods at one of Spruce’s newest establishments, Broadway & Grand. Take the idea of shopping local to the max with the help of their fantastic handmade pies, delicious subs and irresistible sandwiches. Broadway & Grand is where you can also find Black Rifle Coffee and over 25 different varieties of craft beers and spirits from all across Alberta.
Blake’s Bakery in Stony Plain is another awesome place to stop before heading on out for an afternoon of fishing. Cookies, cinnamon buns, coffee cakes, buns and all sorts of other treats that are fantastic to take with you on your adventures, you know, in case you want a snack while fishing.
Now that we’re all fed, it’s time to hit the waters!
Have Guide, Will Travel
For those looking to amp up their fishing game and those wanting to plan a unique corporate outing, family trip or date – a local fishing guide is your best friend. Luckily for you, the Tri-Region is home to two of the best fishing guides in the province. Featured in magazines and on TV, the folks at both Lunker’s Fishing Adventures and Get Hooked Fishing really know their stuff and will gladly share their years of local fishing experience with you. Like we said, we’re happy to call the Tri-Region home to not one but two of the best fishing guides in Alberta.
Let’s Talk About Fish
All right, all right, now it’s time to hit the waters! Pembina River and Wabamun Lake are both tried and true Alberta staples, known to draw plenty of crowds on a great summer day. The latter has been a favourite fishing spot for over 150 years, where anglers are big into catching trophy pike. Prospector’s Point, located in the North Saskatchewan River valley, is a goldmine. We mean that – it’s a hotspot for both gold panning and fishing.
The Sturgeon River flows directly into Isle Lake, making it home to species such as walleye, yellow perch, burbot and northern pike. Another place to check out, Muir Lake sits in the middle of the Glory Hills, sporting an Education Centre for any fisherperson looking to sharpen their skills.
Jackfish Lake is a gorgeous spot, perfect for all kinds of water activities including swimming and fishing. The relaxing Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area is a stocked lake with both brook and rainbow trout, it’s peaceful surroundings and beautiful wooded areas make this a good day trip destination for families. North of Wabamun you’ll find East Pit Lake, a trout-stocked lake that is also home to some wonderful hiking trails.
We hope your Tri-Region fishing adventures bring you relaxing times and good spirits. Get on the waters today!
Feature image: Muir Lake