In these busy times of hustle and bustle and keeping up the Joneses, we hardly find time to take a step back and truly ask ourselves “how can we reward ourselves for all the work we do?”
Do we deserve a vacation?
Do we need a vacation?
Do we need a vacation?
Of course we do, and if you’re like me and fishing is in your DNA, then you owe it to yourself to consider booking a vacation someplace that will reduce stress, eliminate anxiety, feel what fresh Northern air feels like in your lungs, and truly put your feet up and relax.
Where are these magical places, you ask?
Northern Ontario, vacationing with one of the many amazing lodge operators who work non-stop to ensure your vacation is just that, a break from real life.
I recently had this exact opportunity to visit with one of these Northern lodge operators near Elk Lake in Northeastern Ontario with Lost Lake Wilderness Lodge, and experience what it feels like again to be able to fish on a remote lake, filled with bass, and have the entire lake all to myself!
That’s right, all to myself for an entire day!
Fishing trips at Lost Lake Lodge offer guests four different species to satisfy even the most discriminating fisherman. With a diverse set of waterways, they offer their guests eight unique and remote lakes for you to explore. The lakes are abundant in Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, as well as Brook Trout.
Our trip to Lost Lake Lodge started by meeting with the lodge hosts, and enjoying our first evening by sitting down to a wonderfully prepared home-cooked meal with all the fixings and dessert with other guests in the main lodge building. Talk about a good first impression.
After dinner, the lodge owners took the time to explain the scheduled plans for the next morning and our short trip to one of the remote lakes for smallmouth bass.
Gave me enough time to re-string some reels, tie on some lures, and get ready for this awesome adventure to a small lake I’ve never seen or fished before in my life.
Morning was met with clear blue skies, warm temperatures, and calm winds, I was stoked to get out there as fast as humanly possible, but a hearty breakfast in the main lodge was the first item on our schedule for this day. After breakfast, we met up with our guides and boat operators who loaded up the truck and took a short drive to the lake.
Upon our arrival to the lake, the guides made sure we had everything we needed for a great day on the water. They carried in the outboard motors, batteries, life jackets, packed lunches—you name it, they made sure it was loaded into our boats. Once again, I was impressed by their detail to customer satisfaction. Once we were all packed up in our 14-foot aluminum boats, we headed to the opposite shoreline on this mid-sized lake with unlimited amounts of natural structure. Literally everywhere I looked, I wanted to fish.
We started fishing some small plastic minnow baits like Strike King Rage Minnows in the 2.75” size rigged onto a 3/16th jig head and Swim-n-Shiners, and made long casts to distinct points, drop offs, and rock piles along the shorelines. It didn’t take us long to connect with the plentiful smallmouth bass on this lake that I am quite certain have never ever seen these artificial lures before. Some decent sized bass in the two-pound range mixed in with some 18- to 25-inch Northern Pike kept our morning busy.
As the sun got higher and the water temperatures rose, so too did the aggressiveness of the smallmouth bass. We headed towards a section of the lake with countless rocky points that dropped off to deeper water, and decided to throw small top water poppers to each any every point. Meanwhile, our gracious guide controlled the speed of our drift and kept our boat in perfect position, so I could make those perfect casts to the areas I anticipated the bass might be positioned on each rocky point.
Talk about fun. The first point produced a solid three-plus-pound brown bass that literally smashed my bait as soon as it hit the water and spent more time airborne then in the water.
Classic Ontario bass fishing. This action continued for the next three-plus hours we fished, hitting every single rocky point with precision casts and working my bait slowly and methodically, with tiny pops and splashes to provoke strikes from these beautiful brown bass.
We managed to connect with numerous smallmouth bass in the high three- to mid-four-pound range, and as per lodge policy on these pristine remote lakes, kissed and released every fish to fight another day. Impressed? You bet. Did I reduce my stress and anxiety levels? Right again, although my blood pressure did rise on occasion when I lost a few four-plus-pound bass at boat side, but that’s fishing.
Plan your next stress reducing fishing vacation with the fine folks at Lost Lake Wilderness Lodge and make your own memories that will last a lifetime. I can guarantee you this, if you're even half as impressed as I was on my trip, you will return again, year after year.
Planning your next fishing, hunting or family adventure to Lost Lake Wilderness Lodge? They would love to hear from you and be happy to answer any questions and help you plan your next trip! There is so much to see and do at this resort, and they would love to offer their guests some trip planning tips.
Contact them today to get started on your next trip to Lost Lake Wilderness Lodge.
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