Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Fishing in Morson, Ontario

Fish this remote, island-filled part of Lake of the Woods and you won't be disappointed!

Fishing enthusiasts looking for their next great adventure should set their sights on Morson, Ontario. Nestled in the heart of Canada's pristine wilderness, Morson offers an unbeatable fishing experience. Lake of the Woods is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, spanning Minnesota in the United States and Ontario and Manitoba in Canada.

Duck Bay Lodge aerial
Duck Bay Lodge - A luxury fishing lodge

Here Are the Top 5 reasons to Consider Morson For Your Next Fishing Trip

  1. Diverse Fish Species: Morson is a prime destination for anglers due to its variety of fish species. The waters here are teeming with walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, muskellunge (muskie), and crappie. Whether you are a seasoned angler or a novice, the variety of fish ensures an exciting challenge for everyone. The remote area around Morson also receives very little fishing pressure. 
  2. Stunning Natural Beauty: The scenic beauty of Morson is unparalleled. Situated on the shores of Lake of the Woods, the area boasts over 14,000 islands and countless bays and inlets, providing a picturesque backdrop for fishing trips. The serene environment not only adds to the fishing experience but also provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Many of the area lodges are located on beautiful islands.
  3. Trophy-Sized Fish: The lake is famous for producing trophy-sized fish, particularly muskie, walleye and bass. The fertile waters and abundant forage create an ideal environment for fish to grow to impressive sizes.
  4. Close to the U.S./Canada Border: If you live in the US Midwest and are concerned about a long drive, you’ll be happy to note that Morson can quickly and easily be reached through the Baudette/Rainy River border crossing or the International Falls/Fort Frances crossing. It’s roughly 45 minutes from the Baudette, MN border crossing to Morson.
  5. Supportive Local Community: The local community in Morson is welcoming and supportive of anglers, offering a small range of services to enhance your fishing experience. At Gill’s Morson Marina, you’ll find gas, propane, bait & tackle, fishing & hunting licences, ice, snacks and souvenirs. You can also park and launch your boat at the marina. Next door is the Hanson Bay Cafe, where you can eat lunch and enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone. Local experts are often willing to share their knowledge of the best fishing spots and techniques, ensuring visitors have a memorable and productive outing.
Moonlite bay resort walleye fishing
Trophy walleye are caught close to Moonlite Bay Resort!

It's clear that Morson, Ontario, is a top-tier destination for anglers worldwide. With its diverse fish population, stunning natural beauty, waters with shallow bays as well as rocky shores and reefs, and its proximity to the United States, it's an ideal location for anyone looking to enjoy a fishing adventure. Whether you're in search of a trophy fish or just looking for a peaceful getaway in nature, Morson delivers an unparalleled fishing experience.

To help you plan your trip to Morson, here are the 9 best fishing lodges (in no specific order) in the Morson area.

  1. Moonlite Bay Resort: Housekeeping, boat-in, seasonal. Email.
  2. Little Bear Island Camp: Housekeeping, boat-in, seasonal + ice fishing. Email.
  3. Ballard’s Black Island Resort: American Plan, boat-in, seasonal. Email.
  4. Duck Bay Lodge: American Plan, boat-in, seasonal. Email.
  5. Grassy Narrows Lodge: American Plan, Housekeeping, boat-in, seasonal. Email.
  6. New Moon Lodge: American Plan, Housekeeping, boat-in, seasonal. Email.
  7. Harris Hill Resort: American Plan, Housekeeping, campground, drive-in, seasonal. Email.
  8. Mylie’s Place Resort: Housekeeping, campground, drive-in, seasonal. Email.
  9. Ontario Wilderness Houseboat Rentals: Houseboat rentals, seasonal. Email.
Guests hanging out at Ballard's Black Island.
Guests enjoying the camaraderie at Ballard's Black Island.

Many of the resorts in Morson also have other activities besides fishing; cruise the lake to see pictographs, paddle the lake in a canoe or kayak, go bird watching, swim, blueberry picking, take a tour of the Tomahawk Lighthouse, play a round of golf at Spruce Creek Golf Course, or go for a boat ride to explore Sable Islands.

More Information on Morson, Ontario

Take a look at Little Bear Island Lodge from the air!

About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

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