After a long season of tournament fishing and shooting episodes of the Real Fishing Show I decided I needed to get away for a little break so, late last summer, we packed up the Suburban, hooked up the Ranger 620 VS and headed to Sunset Country in northwestern Ontario for a bit of rest, relaxation and, of course, fishing. This part of Ontario is absolutely filled with great fishing lakes and one of the toughest things about visiting here is deciding where to go. There are dozens of resorts, lodges and campgrounds to choose from, offering every type of accommodation, from the rustic to the luxurious.
Everyone needs a little pampering once in a while so we decided to start our trip at the Grace Anne II Lodge, which is located in the middle section of Lake of the Woods. We're talking about a five-star lodge that offers all-inclusive luxury accommodations and is one of the finest resorts on the lake.
Grace Anne II is a unique getaway destination in that it includes a lodge with accommodations for up to 20, as well as an 85-foot luxury yacht that can be hired by groups of up to eight people. All Grace Anne II Yacht and Lodge packages include professionally guided 20-foot fishing boats and equipment, gourmet cuisine, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fish cleaning and freezing, access to the resort's private driving range and regulation trap and sporting clays courses, and more services and amenities than I can list here. Let's just say that once you arrive at the resort, everything will be taken care of for you.
Did I mention the incredible food? The head chef, Nicky Dartiailh, is from France and if I ever win a lottery I'm going to see if he wants to become my personal chef. This guy is that good! All kidding aside, this truly is a one of a kind destination for folks who demand the best in their fishing and their accommodations.
Speaking of fishing, Lake of the Woods is one of my favourite Ontario destinations because it offers fantastic fishing for so many species. The lake is best-known as one of Ontario's premiere muskie fisheries but it also offers world-class walleye, smallmouth bass and pike fishing. Panfish are everywhere and there are even lake trout and whitefish available in the big lake.
During our stay we went out on a short fishing trip with Chris Batiuk, who has been guiding on Lake of the Woods for a long time. We didn't have to travel far before we got into some great walleye action. In fact, just around the corner from the lodge me, my brother Wayne, and Chris easily caught enough walleyes for a shore lunch.
After our shore lunch we headed out for a little more fishing and Chris put us onto a ton of walleyes as well as a bonus muskie. The fishing in this part of Lake of the Woods is off the charts! If you're looking for the best of the best in fishing and luxurious accommodations there's no better place in Ontario than the Grace Anne II Lodge on Lake of the Woods.