Have you recently taken a trip to a fly-in outpost or just a vacation to a fishing lodge??? Well if you have, then you will certainly agree it is incomparable in the angling world. It should certainly make it on everyone’s bucket list. Ontario alone has more than 250,000 lakes that contain about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. Surely that is enough water to appeal even to a most passionate and fiery angler. Option for this types of vacations run from fly-in outposts in the serenity of total wilderness to lakeside resorts and lodges. But in any case whichever option you choose be sure to plan well in advance as these locations book fast and a few of them book even year in advance. Over the years these fly-ins and lodges have gotten a very dedicated clientele who comes to see them every year. This type of fishing vacation is a chance to experience wilderness to its full extent. Whether you choose a lodge with amenities or a secluded outpost cabin in the wild, you sure are in for a treat of catching a good prize.
Any angler who’s gone on a fishing trip in Canada won’t stop gushing about the experience and quality of fishing and that includes us. Last year we went on amazing trip to Lake Nipissing. Hey sure it was not a fly-in outpost where it’s just you, cabin and the fish; but it was pretty amazing, if I may. Located between Ottawa River and Georgian Bay, Lake Nipissing is the third largest lake in Canada (excluding the Great lakes). The name “Nipissing” mean “big water” in Algonquin language.
So we stayed at a Rockport Camp Resort south of St. Charles, ON. We booked a cabin for 5 days and let me just tell you coming there with no expectations, we were pleasantly surprised. We had all the necessary amenities and the richness of the Ontario nature. So back to the trip, we started the morning pretty early. At about 5.30 a.m. we were already on the water exploring the West Bay that flows into the lake.
This was our first trip to Lake Nipissing and after seeing the number of anglers on the bay, we joked “This is like the Ottawa river on a sunny Saturday…super busy!”. So we were after a walleye, but so was everyone else. After a good few hours, we were catching sweet nothing, so we figured why not give it a try for a pike. We set up our equipment for trolling as we reached the Hay Narrows and oh boy, were we in for a good catch?!?!?! Between 3ft- 8ft of water, we got a prize of the day when we pulled a 4-ft pike.
You should have seen us with the northern! Lining a good catch to us always feels like we are children again at a festivity – happy and overjoyed! What will impress you is the closeness people experience in these places. Sharing our story after a day of fishing with our host, the word quickly spread out. Next day we had a few people passing by asking us where to go and what we caught. Experience like no other… a truly Canadian way, EH?!! So you can rest assured, we are coming back to Lake Nippising next year. And if I may, reading about it is one thing, but you should experience it for yourself!
Stay tuned and tight lines!