I am a life-long resident of Thunder Bay, Ontario and love the outdoor opportunities found here. My earliest memories are of fishing brook trout in small creeks with my Dad. I’ve managed to make a career out of my interest in the outdoors, and my love of sharing stories and information about the natural environment we fish, hunt, camp and recreate in.

I’m the senior editor of Ontario Out of Doors magazine and have been writing for the OOD since 1992. I a write a regular column called “Canadian Trails” for the Northern Wild magazine in Minnesota. I’m also a frequent contributor to Sentier Chasse Peche magazine in Quebec. My interest in music lead to a regular column in Thunder Bay’s arts and culture magazine the Walleye.  Over a 30 plus year career I’ve written several thousand feature, columns, book chapters and web-based stories.

I’ve a had a long career in broadcasting, working primarily with CBC radio in Thunder Bay as a reporter, newsreader and outdoor columnist. Some of the biggest stories of my career have been broken via CBC radio.

Doing fishing and outdoor seminars is something I really enjoy and I’ve done hundreds over the years. Recently, those seminars have included virtual online sessions for small groups and corporations.  

My guiding career began in 2013 and focuses primarily on the Nipigon watershed. I’ve guided several hundred trips since then and love seeing someone catch their personal best brook trout, walleye lake trout or pike.  

I’m married to Cheryl and have two boys, Devin and Austin.

In my spare time, I play guitar and sing with two Thunder Bay bands.

Gord Ellis with a Lake Superior brook trout
Young Gordie and some McVicar Creek brook trout