From The Anglers Atlas:

The St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie is a world-class salmon and steelhead river. For fly fishers, the St. Marys River Rapids is the premier place to go.

Andrew Kovala has spent the past several years getting to know the river and the fly fishing opportunities. An avid angler and fly-tier, Kovala loves the St. Marys River for its combination of easy access, excellent fishing, and the lack of fishing pressure.
“We do most of our fly fishing in the rapids. We do fish from boats downstream of that, but we wade in the rapids…. Wading is extremely dangerous. I like the rapids because you can go fishing in places that not many people want to go to. But once you know the rocks and pathways, you can wade the entire thing.” Kovala notes again that it’s very dangerous, and there are a lot of deep pools over your head.

In the rapids, you can fish for Atlantic salmon, big rainbow trout, pink salmon and chinook.
“Atlantic salmon are in the rapids when the water is warm, and they’re absolutely perfect for big, two-handed fly rods. You fish full-floating lines and small flies. You swing them like bug imitations, right onto the sufrace of the water.” Kovala says that lots of different patterns will work, and small flies are best.
In the main part of the river, Kovala says that there are walleye, and that lots of people love to fish for walleye in different parts of the river.

Kovala loves the fishing opportunities around the Sault. “Lots of the lakes around the Sault are very limited in their access, with zero camps or anything. There are lots of lakes full of smaller lake trout and really big speckled trout, up to 6 pounds. I catch them on the fly in the spring,” he adds.

“Up here, there are smaller runs, and you have to hit them at the perfect time. You could be the only person on the river a lot of the time. That doesn’t necessarily increase your chances of catching fish; they’re untouched rivers and they aren’t stocked.”
“Lots around the Sault is unspoiled, and you just have to go and do some exploring and discovery for yourself. That’s what’s fun about it.”

River Access to The St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario:

St. Marys River Rapids are right in Sault Ste. Marie and accessible only from the Canadian side.

Access is through a series of trails on Whitefish Island.

Please remember that the rapids can be swift and should only be accessed by seasoned river anglers.

Local Fishing Opportunities
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Belwood Lake Conservation Area Gate BB
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area
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Lake Eugenia
Ferry Lake Acton Arial
Upper Grand River at the Second Line
Guelph Lake Conservation Area Arial
Island Lake Conservation Area Orangeville Reservoir
Marden Park and Community Centre and Park Guelph Eramosa Township AA
Mountsberg Conservation Area
Puslinch Lake Little and Big
Robert Edmondson Conservation Area Sign AA
Rockwood Conservation Area
Shades Mills Conservation Area
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Speed River Above the Hanlon Expressway
Valens Lake Conservation Area
Whiteman's Creek & Grand River Confluence
The Beaver River Thornbury River Mouth B
The Bighead River in Meaford Updtream from The Legion Hole Fall AA
The Bronte Creek or 12 Mile Creek Steelheading Upper Middle Road BBB
Credit River at Erindale Park above Dundas April 24th at 9am
Migratory - The Ganaraska River or The “Ganny” - Port Hope, Ontario
The Lower Grand River Below Caledonia Dam HH
The Nine Mile River Port Albert Ontario EEE
The Lower Maitland River
The Niagara River The Glenn BBBB
The Nottawaga River
The Sauble River at Sauble Falls BB
The Saugeen River at Denny's Dam at Summer levels.
Sixteen Mile Creek
Owen Sound Sydenham River AA
Migratory - Wilmot Creek - Clarington, Ontario
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Ian 22 inch Grand River Brown Trout CC
Saugeen River Steelhead October 21st 2016AAA
Fairy Lake Crayfish March 2017AAA


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Guelph Lake Rock Bass AAA

Rock Bass

Steve Silver Bass Hamilton AAA

Smallmouth Bass

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Common Carp

Catfish Rapala Centerpin Float Reel AA

Channel Catfish

Creek Chub

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Crappie through the Ice Guelph Lake AAA

Black Crappie

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Perch Guelph Lake Ice Fishing A
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Northern Pike

Upper Grand River Walleye on a Bead Head Nymph AA
Jim Boni Atlantic Salmon Petite Cascapedia 22lbs AAA.13
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Coho Salmon

Common Shiner AA


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White Sucker

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Brown Trout

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Brook Speckled Trout Erin Ontario CC
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