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The Outpost Camps of Kesagami Lake

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The Outpost Camps of Kesagami Lake

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Lonnie King with a nice northern Ontario Kesagami Lake walleye. • Credit: Lonnie King

A Great option for Trophy Pike and Walleye on a Budget

If catching big pike is your passion, then you’ve surely heard about Kesagami Lake.This fly-in-only destination is situated in the remote James Bay Lowlands about halfway between Cochrane and the tip of James Bay.



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If catching big pike is your passion, then you’ve surely heard about Kesagami Lake.

It would be hard to find a fishing magazine or television show that hasn’t profiled this legendary fishery, with virtually every writer and camera crew reporting from the luxury of Kesagami Wilderness Lodge.

This fly-in-only destination is situated in the remote James Bay Lowlands about halfway between Cochrane and the tip of James Bay. It’s a sprawling body of water averaging only seven feet deep and supports expansive beds of aquatic vegetation – perfect feeding grounds for growing big fish. Thanks to progressive fisheries management practices, the fishing today is as good as it’s ever been. What you might not have heard, is that there are two other options for accessing this world-class fishery.

Kesagami Lake should be on every hardcore pike angler’s bucket list.

For those anglers preferring to embrace a more rustic and frugal northern experience, Partridge Lake and South-West Kesagami Outpost Camps offer access to Kesagami Lake for about half the cost of staying at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge. Each of these secluded fly-in outposts is situated on their own private lakes where you can fish for pike and walleye but also have the option to fish the trophy pike and bountiful walleye populations of Kesagami Lake via portage trail to boat caches. South-West Kesagami anglers have a five-minute walk to 22-foot freighter canoes and Partridge Lake guests have a 15- to 20-minute walk to sturdy 14-foot aluminum boats.

Partridge Lake outpost camp provides access to famous northern Ontario Kesagami Lake.

Both outpost camps offer access to the west side of Kesagami Lake, providing the greatest protection from the prevailing winds; an important consideration given the unpredictable nature of the weather so close to James Bay.

Top presentations for big pike include crawling buzzbaits and weedless spoons across pencil reed beds and emerging cabbage.  The water is very dark which emboldens big pike to lurk comfortably in shallow water. Don’t be surprised if you spend your entire trip fishing shallower than 10 feet, with most of the spring pike action taking place in five feet or less.

Walleye are so numerous you will invariably catch them even when you’re not trying to.

Lonnie King with a nice northern Ontario Kesagami Lake pike

The diligent wildlife observer can also expect to see a wealth of animals such as woodland caribou, black bears, moose, bald eagles, osprey, brant geese and a host of other resident and migratory birds.

If you’re staying at an outpost camp while the main lodge is open, you are welcome to stop in and grab a hot shower, fill water jugs, and have a complimentary meal in the main dining room. Another added benefit of accessing Kesagami Lake from the outpost camps is that the outposts are open much later in the season than Kesagami Wilderness Lodge.

Kesagami Lake should be on every hardcore pike angler’s bucket list.  If the price and pampering of Kesagami Wilderness Lodge doesn’t suit you, the Partridge Lake and South-West Kesagami Outpost Camps offer a compelling alternative.

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