Within the boundaries of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is found some of the best quality sport fishing in Ontario. Some of the more sought after species include walleye, northern pike and lake trout, but also present are smallmouth bass, whitefish, perch and the elusive muskellunge. Though the heat of summer these fish are known to bite and fight all summer long
Provincial fishing licenses are required and can be purchased locally. Currently live bait is still permitted in the park but be aware that regulations prohibiting live bait are being reviewed and will be enacted banning it’s possession in the not too distant future. This is the best course of action to prevent invasive species from entering the pristine environment of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Considering that the fishing is so superb live bait is not at all necessary. Great fishing success can be hand using artificial baits and lures, but if you still feel you must use live bait, use only locally caught bait so as not to introduce foreign species into the parks lake/river systems.
Most of the lakes are species specific with Northern Pike and Lake Trout dominating the oligotrophic lakes. Walleye are more common to larger utrophic lakes such as those that can be found along the Gammon and Bloodvein Rivers.
Smallmouth bass are the only foreign species in the parks fisheries. Introduced in 1959 they have endured in a small portion of the lakes.
Of the naturally occurring species, Muskellunge is found only in Irregular Lake, but Whitefish, and Yellow Perch can be found in virtually every lake. fishing activity varies so routes can be tailored to the species you enjoy the most.
A large herd of the now threatened Woodland Caribou was first identified around the time of the Second World War in what are now the confines of the current day park. Protection of this herd and the habitat that sustains it was one of the primary reasons for the establishment of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in 1983. The 60 to 100 year old jack pine forests which are essential to the existence of the caribou, are contained in the area of the park and can be found in few other places in Ontario. They provide ideal conditions to support lichen growth, which is the main winter food for caribou during the long bitter winter season. As well, the many lakes with their numerous island provide protection from predation of young caribou calves by bears or wolves.
The fire-influenced mosaic of boreal forest within Woodland Caribou Park contains species of animals indigenous to the boreal forest, including the woodland caribou, moose, white tail deer, and black bear. Other wildlife that may be seen include, the ever present beaver, otter, muskrat, mink fisher, martin, weasel, wolverine, lynx, cougar, fox, and timber wolf as well as over 100 species of birds during breeding season. With it’s proximity to the prairies, the park also contains flora and faun that is unusual to a boreal forest, as seen by the stands of Burr Oak, the occasional blossom of the prairie crocus, the Franklin’s ground squirrel, Forster’s Tern, white pelican, and red sided garter snake.
WCPP presents a unique blend of these two ecosystems. Its isolation to outside influences has prevented the introduction of foreign species, thus keeping the ecological integrity of the park intact.
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is located in the Arctic Watershed and offers over 1200 miles of exceptional quality canoe routes. since most headwaters originate within the park there is little opportunity for outside land uses to affect the quality of the water. As such, the water is clear, pristine and good for drinking, swimming and fishing. The “canaux et lac” drainage patterns means the lake systems are controlled by bedrock surroundings with short quick drops of falls or rapids. This makes travel by canoe fairly easy with the average portage being only 200-300 meters in length. With less than 900 paddlers per season the possibility of encountering others is very slight. It is still possible to take a two week trip and not encounter another soul.
Imagine travelling for days and sharing this pristine wilderness area with only the animals denizens .