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Northwestern fishing Mecca

One of many brightly colored brook trout caught from a stocked trout lake near the northern Ontario town of Nakina. • Credit: Mike Borger

Catching thick, fat brook trout at Lower Twin Lakes Lodge in Nakina, Ontario

I've flown out of Nakina numerous times, never once giving pause to the myriad lakes in the immediate vicinity. Lower Twin Lakes Lodge, located just east of town, is a perfect case in point. I'd stayed there several times on the eve of my fly-in fishing trips, but never actually fished there. Lower Twin Lake is a large system and in speaking with John, one of the lodge owners, I was missing out. "You know you really should try it Mike, our fishing is often every bit as good as the fly-in camps and our cabins are nicer! I've got boats on a bunch of back lakes and they almost never get fished," he said. That clinched it for me.

Lower Twin Lakes Lodge near the northern Ontario town of Nakina is a great multi species destinations backspace. (Photo credit: Mike Borger)

The following September my friend, Dave Ferguson, and I headed north to sample the fishery. We were greeted warmly by John and his lovely wife Karin and ushered into one of their larger cabins; a clean, comfortable three-bedroom unit complete with solar-powered lighting.

We headed out on the lake with the modest goal of catching enough walleye for dinner. Our best bet, according to John, was Pete's Bay. Drifting with the wind and back trolling slowly over deep structure with a simple live bait rig and large live minnow, Dave and I clobbered the fish! These were thick, fat fish, easily averaging 2 to 3 pounds, with a handful of 4 and 5 pounders thrown in for good measure. It was no fluke, and the rest of our stay produced numbers of quality walleye, easily on par with any fly-in.

The author with a nice walleye from northern Ontario’s Lower Twin Lake. (Photo credit: Mike Borger)

Looking for a change of pace, John suggested we try a nearby brook trout lake. "It's a stocked lake so there's no closed season and no one up here bothers with them." I'm accustomed to portaging through bush with pack and canoe to reach good trout waters, but this time we backed Dave's truck up to the landing and dropped in a 12 foot tin boat. Casting the shorelines with tiny suspending stick baits produced a ridiculous number of trout. Most were in the 15 - 18 inch range and so brightly coloured they almost appeared fluorescent.

For those interested in a trip to Lower Twin you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how reasonable it is. Weekly rates available.

Learn more at www.lowertwinlakes.com

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