What it is about Northern Ontario fishing lodges that appeal to so many anglers from so many different places across the world wide web? Is it the great fishing? The solitude? The jaw-dropping beauty of Ontario's natural wilderness or the great memories of time spent with good friends and family?
One such place is in Algoma Country, just slightly north of Chapleau Ontario, called Northern Walleye Lodge (formerly Camp Missanabie) and owned by Warren Thibodeau, and is located on virtually untouched Dog Lake.
The lodge offers a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere and a main lodge that looks like it was created right out of a movie script with mounted fish and animals, huge comfortable chairs and couches, big wide screen satellite TV, pool table, darts and wood stove all the while surrounded by the thick wooden logs and ceiling of a true northern lodge.
We visited Northern Walleye Lodge this past September to experience the world-class walleye fishing that we have heard about while attending various trade shows the previous winter and spring and were looking forward to this trip to another bucket list location in beautiful Northern Ontario.
Dog Lake also has a very good reputation for producing Northern Pike up to 20-plus pounds in the many weed beds, shoals, and reefs that abound on this lake. Smallmouth bass are virtually untouched with yellow perch, whitefish and Lake Trout the main draws.
An added bonus is the incredible Brook Trout fishing in portage lakes and streams that many say are stuffed with square tails!
- Karl Kalonka