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mastercaster1
Posted: Feb 18, 2022 - 01:23 pm


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Hey everyone, I know the hard water people don't want to hear it but eventually the ice will melt and the boats will emerge from their winter storage.
I have always wanted to do a nice northern Ontario fishing trip.
A good long drive or train-in would be great to keep the expenses in line.
I figure this may be a good time with the "Staycation" tax credit for 2022.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.
It would be myself and my wife so not a guys trip by any means.
My main goal is to get into some good walleye with other species being a bonus.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.

MC

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Goshawk
Posted: Feb 18, 2022 - 03:49 pm


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My first question is: what are your plans for meals? If you're going to be doing your own cooking, my first suggestion would be Brennan Harbour Resort on Lake Huron's north shore near the town of Spanish. I've been there 3 times so far (I'm going back again in August. The fishing is excellent. I'm primarily after Smallies there, but the walleye fishing is excellent as well. I haven't heard anything thus far this year whether they are going to be having the American Plan or not (closed down the past 2 years because of Covid), but each cabin has a full kitchen though. Not a lot of "restaurants" in that area for eating "out" though. There's a ramp on the property where you can have your boat launched (if you're bringing one) or there's the town ramp a couple of miles (5 minutes) away and they're very willing to come with you to launch there and bring your vehicle back to the resort. Cabins are very comfortable. James and Casey are outstanding hosts and willing to do whatever to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. https://www.brennanharbour.com/
If you're looking for the American Plan (or modified), then I would suggest Memquisit Lodge on the western arm of Nippissing. That lake is well known for it's walleye fishing. And the bass fishing is really good as well. I've been there twice in the past 3 years. They do have the American Plan, or you can modify it to 2 meals per day like I usually do. The cabins are really nice, I love cabin 6 on top of a rock right at the entrance to the harbour entrance (what a view!). Some cabins have kitchens, some don't. There's a ramp on the premises. Usually extremely quiet too being so out of the way. Just be aware when wandering around the resort at night that moose and black bear do visit on occasion....make some noise and bring a flashlight!! https://www.memquisitlodge.net/
3rd on the list would be Waterfalls Lodge, just north of Hwy 11 also near Spanish, ON. Very comfortable cabins, some with your own dock. Perfect for a couple. They also have the American Plan, and their chef is outstanding! You'll never leave the lodge still feeling hungry! There's also a ramp on the premises, and the docks have electricity to charging batteries. I can't speak for the walleye fishing personally because I only targeted smallies, but they were plentiful. There's also outlying lakes that are stocked with other species, (I believe at least one with specks). I caught an 8lb pike casting from the boat dock waiting for others in my group to get there so we could take the guided tour with the fishing guide of the big lake. Not very many cottages on the big lake so boat traffic is minimal. If you get one of the outpost lake trips, a boat is provided. Also, there's another lake just south of the main lodge that has some monster walleye, but that lake is catch and release only because that's where they get the breeders from for stocking the big lake. http://www.waterfallslodge.com/index.htm
Oh, if you're not bringing a boat, all of the resorts have very good boats to rent.
If you have any questions about any of them, shoot me a PM.

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pjfishing
Posted: Feb 19, 2022 - 09:26 pm


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I second Goshawk reccomendation of Memquisit Lodge.
In addition, that area is excellent Musky fishery as well.
Access to acres and acres of water, great hosts, nice accomodation, good food and breathtaking scenery.
My family, who is not that crazy about fishing loves it and we go there at least once a year.
Peja

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eastman
Posted: Feb 20, 2022 - 12:25 am


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I have also been to Brennan Harbour Resort with the wife and daughter. Went late July early August and had a great time. The fishing was great and the cabins were also very comfortable. It was a last minute planned trip and James and Casey were able to fit us in.

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Posted: Feb 22, 2022 - 10:15 pm


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Chaudierre Lodge on the French River

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mastercaster1
Posted: Feb 24, 2022 - 07:50 am


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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I am going to have a deeper look at all of these.

MC

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woodie54
Posted: Feb 24, 2022 - 08:34 am


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Look at taking the Bud train from Sudbury to White River. You can jump off anywhere along that route, there are some nice lodges too. Itís a most of the day ride in a vintage coach that offers some nice scenery and also passes through some towns. If you choose one of the lodges, you will be met at the tracks and transported to the lodge by their staff. Itís an interesting journey.

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Onlyinalundimpact
Posted: Mar 01, 2022 - 08:44 am


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Hillsport hilton. Has all you need. Cabins. Or haul up your trailer. They have camping aswell. Lots back lakes full of hungry fish.

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huntfishontario
Posted: Mar 01, 2022 - 02:59 pm


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I will add a vote for Spanish River/North Channel. I am partial to Blue Heron Resort, but I have also been to Brennan Harbour and it is great as well. Fishing up there is fantastic and the scenery is incredible as well. Really cannot go wrong because fishing in the river is pretty good too if the wind kicks up on the North Channel. My other suggestion would be Lady Evelyn Lake, I cannot recommend one lodge over another as I have only camped there, but it is a super unique experience and great fishing. It feels extremely remote even though you are only 5 hours from Toronto.

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