What to bring to canada for you fishing trip

Packing for a Fishing Trip

The Essentials 

When preparing for a fishing adventure, packing properly is the number one thing you can do to ensure you have a great experience. The following checklist can help you get organized and get the most out of your next big trip.


Clothing is an important consideration when packing for any outdoor fishing trip. Being properly outfitted will keep you comfortable and safe, so you can enjoy your adventure.

Cold Climates

For trips to cold climates such as Canada, it is important to choose high-quality outerwear and layering options. Don’t skimp on the waterproof clothing and make sure you bring plenty of extra underwear and socks, in case you get soaked. The following is a list of cold-weather items I never leave on a trip without:

Quality rain gear: Buy the highest-quality gear you can afford, and that means more than just a jacket. Waterproof pants, footwear, hats, and gloves will all help keep you dry in a heavy downpour. It is easy to get soaked during a hike to your fishing spot or a long boat ride. The right items will allow you to fish comfortably all day, even during a storm.

Wool or synthetic socks and undergarments: Make sure you bring plenty of extra socks and underwear. Even with fully waterproof outerwear, you can get soaked if you are out in the rain for extended periods. Wool and synthetic materials will continue to keep you warm even if they get wet, and they dry quickly after the day is through. I always bring a spare set with me in a dry bag in case I take an accidental swim. You can never have enough!

Layering pieces: In the case of really cold fishing trips, such as ice fishing, it is important to layer up as much as possible. Polar fleece is a great option that comes in a number of thicknesses or weights. At the minimum, carry a pair of sweatpants and a fleece pullover or two.

Heavy jacket: In the coldest of climates, a heavy down or synthetic jacket is a must. If there’s room in your bag, it is always worth bringing just in case there is a cold snap. Even in temperate weather, it can be a lifesaver on a long morning boat ride or after a fall in the water.

Hat and gloves: Many people don’t like to fish with gloves on, but there are many fingerless options that will keep you going when the fishing gets tough. A beanie or other insulated hat will help keep your head warm. Warm Climates always bring a cap.

Temperate and tropical climates can be just as demanding as cold-weather destinations. Sometimes folks traveling to warm places overlook this, assuming they can get away with shorts and a T-shirt. We personally do not wear shorts and we wear socks because of the biting flies and sunburn. With the wrong attire, spending multiple days in the sun can turn your trip of a lifetime into a miserable grind. These items will help you stay comfortable during your trip:

Cool, sun-protective clothing: Fishing in warm climates often means long, hot days under direct sun. Overexposure can cause burns, exhaustion, dehydration, and even heat stroke. Make sure you cover up. Lightweight, long-sleeved synthetic shirts with plenty of ventilation will keep you cool and keep the sun off your skin. Team these up with a pair of rugged synthetic pants that will dry quickly if you wade in the water.

Bandanna, UV Buff, or other face protection: In the most severe climates, protecting your face is an absolute must. I always pack some type of face covering, even if it just stays around my neck all day. As an added benefit, it can be dipped in the water to keep you cool on a hot day.

Sun-protective hat: A good hat will reduce glare, allowing you to spot fish or structure under the water while protecting your face, neck, and ears from the sun. Full-brimmed hats offer superior protection to baseball-style caps.

Sunscreen: Whether you are in a cold or hot climate, always bring sunscreen. I recommend a SPF 50 waterproof.  Being outside for hours on end exposes your skin to harmful UV rays, even if there is cloud cover.

Insect repellent: Bugs will ruin a trip if you let them. I typically go with 100% DEET and use it sparingly. Just a little is usually enough to keep them away. I also recommend bringing House and Garden spray for the bottom of the boat for the biting flies. Be careful when spraying not to get on your tackle.

Small first aid kit: I always carry a small emergency first aid kit with me on the water. It only has the basics, but it comes in handy for treating the inevitable cuts and scrapes, insect bites, headaches, and other things that can come up when you are outdoors. At minimum it should include: bandages, alcohol swabs, gauze, medical tape, pain relievers, antihistamines, and antibiotic ointment.

Passport, visas, other required documentation for international trips: The absolute worst feeling is to get to the airport or the border and realize that your documentation is sitting on your nightstand at home. Don’t let it happen! Check and recheck this item.

Equipment and Tackle

Don’t overthink this aspect of the trip. Make it easy on yourself by gathering information beforehand and focusing on the essentials for your destination, rather than trying to bring every piece of tackle you own.

Rods and reels: If possible, use gear provided by your lodge or outfitter. If you must bring your own, take only what is necessary and leave room for a spare.

Lures and terminal tackle: Check with local tackle shops and outfitters for current fishing conditions and advice on what lures, flies, and techniques are working best. Local shops are great resources that can help you narrow down exactly what you will need. Many lodges and outfitters often have equipment and flies/lures for their guests to rent or use, so check with them first! Bite me tackle Nestor Falls 807-484-0707

Large, waterproof duffel bag: Pack your clothing in an oversized waterproof duffel to protect it during ferry rides, float plane transfers, or portages.

Waterproof box or dry bag: Bring a small dry bag or waterproof box for your phone, wallet, keys, etc.

Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes and cut glare so you can see your fly, spot underwater structure, and even see fish. I always pack a spare, just in case I break or lose my main pair.

Preparing for a trip doesn’t need to be a chore. I consider it a part of the adventure where I get to plan and look forward to the days ahead, knowing that I will be comfortable and ready with the appropriate clothing and equipment. I wish you the best of luck on your next adventure. You can never guarantee the fishing, but with the right preparation, you can always enjoy the experience.

Walleye fishing gear

6’ to 7 ‘ spinning gear with 6-10 test line optional bait casting gear with 10-12# test line for trolling and bottom bouncing, Lindy rigs, spinner rigs and crawler harnesses, and minnow harness  (gold, silver, chartreuse, orange) jigs ⅜ for live bait. 

Gear to Bring for Bass

6’ to 7’ spinning gear with 6-10# test line, tube jigs, twisters #1-3 french blades or willow. Vibrax spinners, topwaters, chuggers, cranks, small spinner baits. Plastics: Fluke minnow baits, I like the pumpkin seed with red flakes. Grubs: Pumpkins seed, black , white.

Live bait: simple hooks, split shot with a leech.

Gear to Bring for Pike:

6’ to 7.5 ‘ spinning or casting rod with 12-17# test fire line,

12-20 inch wire liters. ½ oz  spinner baits, spoons, large cranks and jerks (chartreuse always good all around color for pike. And put a twister tail on any type of lure that you can. 3 inch Cyclopist, five of diamonds.

Gear to Bring for Muskie Fishing

6.5-7.5  foot rod with high quality casting reel and 17-36# mono or dacron or 60-80# super line. 7’-9’ trolling rod with level wind reel and 20-40# test dacron or 60-80# super line.

Crow Lake favorite colors: fire tiger, yellow, orange and chartreuse.

Lake of the Woods Color: fire tiger, yellow, orange and chartreuse.

Gear to Bring For Trout

Spring: 7-9 trolling rod with level wind reel and 10-143 test line. ¾ oz in sinkers, 4 foot leader with 3-4 inch flutter spoon or sutoons (bl/slvr, white, pink, chart) Cow Bells, husky jerks and other cranks in blue/silver. 
Mid- summer to late summer: 6-7 jigging rod with spinning or level wind reel and 10-12# braided line with a 3 foot 12# fluorocarbon leader. ½-2 oz jigging lures, ¾ or River2 sea glassy vibes (blue/green), River2se Aji (blue or pink), ¾ oz Sebile Vibrato (Siolver or Greeny), Swedish pimples, Sonars, Buzz Bombs, Zingers and Cleos.