Home Page

Backcountry Portage Lakes

We have boat caches on a number of backcountry portage lakes and a fly-in lake where you can get into some unbelievable fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass and Lake Trout. Most lakes are either a short walk or a long walk up to a few miles, which means it's more practical to drive in with an ATV.

Click Here for Satellite Map of the lakes

Zizania Lake Trophy Fly-out
Fish Species: Walleye & Northern Pike.
Fly-in: This is our premier Fly-out Trophy lake. It cannot be reached by land or water.
Boats: We have 4 boats and motors on this lake.
Structure: This is an awesome lake with many islands and shoals as well as back weedy bays, rocky points, shallow weedy ridges that drop off into deeper water. The lake has so much to explore. Just point your finger and you have found a hot Walleye or Pike spot.
Walleye Fishing Description: This is our best Walleye lake. Walleyes are high in numbers and the average size is 24 inches. On a full day of fishing guests will pull out some Walleyes in the 25 to 30 inch range and occasionally Walleye over 30 inches.
Pike Fishing Description: There are a lot of big Northern Pike in this lake. If you target Northern Pike you should catch one over 40 inches. We know this because every group that goes in for Walleye end up catching a 40 incher on just a Walleye jig.
Special Status: This lake has been a catch-&-release only lake up until 2013. Now you are allowed to keep Walleyes under 18 inches or Pike under 27.5 inches for shore lunch. You can take your limit of Pike out with you but the Walleyes and the big Pike stay in the lake. No live bait is allowed and barbless hooks only.

___________________________________________________________

Isabelle Lake
Fish Species: Lake Trout & Northern Pike.
Portage Length: 3/4 of a mile walk to the boat cache with 1 boat.
Structure: The lake is a deep hole with one island and lot of rocky structure on the south side. It has depths down to 90 feet deep.
Fishing Description: There are some nice size Pike in this lake because they have Lake Trout to feed on. The lake is primarily a spring-fed Lake Trout lake and the Lake Trout are commonly caught between 1 and 5 pounds. The population of Lake Trout is high and good numbers can be expected.


Ontario Fishing Lodge

Cat Lake
Fish Species: Northern Pike only.
Portage Length: less than 1/4 of a mile walk to the boat cache with one boat.
Structure: It has one island and goes down to 45 feet deep.
Fishing Description: There is only Northern Pike in this lake. There are tons of small to medium size Pike with the odd big one.

___________________________________________________________

Howard Lake also called Duck Lake
Fish Species: Walleye & Northern Pike.
Portage Length: It's a 1/4 mile walk to the boat cache with 2 boats.
Structure: This is a shallow lake with patches of weeds.
Special Status: This is a conservation lake so limits are half of what your license normally allows.
Fishing Description: The fishing is outstanding, especially in the spring. The average size Walleye is around 19 inches but there are lots of bigger Walleye up to 24 inches. Northern Pike can get up to 44 inches with all the Walleyes to feed on. There are most certainly bigger ones waiting to get caught.

___________________________________________________________

Lakes #1, #2 & #3
Fish Species: Walleye & Northern Pike.
Portage Length: It's a 1/2 mile walk to the boat cache with 2 boats.
Structure: These are shallow lake with patches of weeds and a stream connecting them.
Fishing Description: You will find fantastic Walleye and Northern Pike fishing as far as numbers. Walleyes average around 19 inches with high numbers and Northern Pike up to and occasionally over 40 inches have been caught by guests.


Ontario Fishing Lodge

Burden Lake
Fish Species: Walleye & Northern Pike.
Portage Length: There is a 3 mile ATV trail over a big hill and through thick bush to get to the boat cache, which has 1 boat.
Structure: It's a shallow lake with patches of weeds and one island.
Fishing Description: This is a hard lake to get into without an ATV but it's worth it. There are lots of fish and Walleyes average around 21 inches with 40+ inch Northern Pike.

___________________________________________________________

Trapper Shack
Fish Species: Walleye.
Portage Length: There is a 3 mile ATV trail through thick bush to get to the boat cache, which has 1 boat.
Structure: The lake is boomerang shaped with a long bay on the far end. The lake is shallow with some rocky structure at the one end.
Fishing Description: Walleyes average around 22 inches and they are easy to catch. With no predators the Walleyes do not try to hide in weeds or out in the open water. Most Walleyes will be caught right up against shore in 2 or 3 feet of water.

___________________________________________________________

Gahuna Lake
Fish Species: Walleye & Northern Pike.
Portage Length: It's about 2 miles by ATV and then a short path to the lake where we have one boat.
Structure: It's a small shallow lake with patches of weeds and a stream running through.
Fishing Description: There are lots of Walleyes and they average around 20 inches. There are also big pike swimming around and up and down the stream from different lakes. Guests have caught 40+ inch Pike in this lake.
Additional Portaging: From Gahuna Lake you can portage into Gunny Lake, which has fantastic Walleye fishing. The reason why this lake is so good is because it's tough to get into and hardly anybody has fished it. It's a tough trail to walk but if the beavers keep the dam up and water levels are not too low you can boat right up to the beaver dam and pull the boat over.

___________________________________________________________

Halverson Lake
Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike.
Portage Length: This lake is attached to Anishinabi Lake and you can get into the lake by boat.
Structure: It starts off deeper and rocky and then as you go into the narrows it gets shallow and weedy.
Fishing Description: There are some Smallmouth Bass in Anishinabi Lake but the main concentration is down stream in Halverson Lake. The Smallmouth Fishing is good and getting better Every year. Smallmouth Bass were introduced a few years back and their numbers are increasing quickly. You will catch Smallies up to 20 inches. Halverson Lake is also Northern Pike paradise. Some of the biggest Pike get caught in this lake with guests constantly catching 40+ inch Pike and once in a while a monster comes out. Weedless spoons in the weeds of the mouth of the narrows always produces nice fish.

Ontario Fishing Lodge

Gould Lake (Coming Soon)
Fish Species: Walleye.
Portage Length: Not available yet. We are cutting an ATV trail to this lake in the winter and putting boats there in the spring.
Structure: It's a rocky lake with rocky points and weedy back bays.
Fishing Description: This lake has not been fished for many years but there are stories of it being just packed with Walleye including big trophies.

eXTReMe Tracker