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Fishing & Hunting

From outfitted lodges to isolated camps, Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo offers endless opportunities to land the big one.

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person fishing on a float plane
man grilling fish at a campsite
people out boating and fishing together


If your dream is to snag a trophy walleye, wrestle a pike or land a giant northern Alberta laker, fishing in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo will have you hooked.

While some of the areas in the region are fly-in only, many of our lakes and rivers are easily accessible from the highway, allowing anglers to fish from shore or by boat for stellar pike, walleye, perch, trout and Arctic grayling.

Fishing in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo isn't just for the warmer seasons. Make your next ice fishing trip an epic one.

Contact one of the region's fly-in fishing lodges for an unforgettable experience.

Local Businesses

Fly-In Fishing Lodges

Enjoy the ultimate fishing experience with a fly-in trip to one of our region's many lodges.

Drivable Day Trips

Looking for a great spot for a fun day of fishing with easy access for shore fishing or launching your boat?

Engstrom Lake

One of the best family fishing holes in the region, Engstrom Lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Open from June to September, Engstrom Lake Provincial Recreation Area features a boat launch, though boat motors are restricted to a maximum of 9.9 hp/7.5 kW. Overnight camping and campfires are prohibited. The lake is also open for ice fishing in the winter.

Willow Lake

A popular spot for fishing year-round and recreation on the water, Willow Lake is a large lake with multiple boat launch access points. Boat launches can be found at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Windsurfers Beach, and the Anzac Day Use Area. It’s common to see people ice fishing on the lake in the winter.

Texaco Pond & Texaco East Pond

These two small, square ponds are located a short drive from Fort McMurray, just past the Fort McMurray International Airport along Saprae Creek Trail. Alberta Environment & Parks regularly stock these ponds with rainbow trout, so go and try your luck!

Lakes for Fishing

Day Trips

Willow Lake

Engstrom Lake

Texaco East Pond

Texaco Pond


Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo is a sport hunter's dream. Our many seasoned outfitters and abundant populations of game boost your chances of taking home a prized trophy.

Throughout the region, you'll find moose, bison, black bear, cougar, coyote, mule deer, white-tailed deer, wolf, a variety of waterfowl and other birds, and more. Check out the Hunt Alberta website for more information, and the rules and regulations of hunting in Alberta:

Canada in the Rough

FMWB's hunting scene was recently featured on Canada in the Rough - check out the trailer for that episode below:

Local Businesses

Need a guide?

Here are just a few of the outfitters in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. For more information on outfitters in the region, check out the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS):

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