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Snowshoe Camp Resort

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Snowshoe Camp Resort

• Credit: The New Fly Fisher TV Series

This cottage resort makes a great base for smallmouth bass fishing trip

This year-round cottage resort on Wakomata Lake offers a wide variety of adventures. Come enjoy the great outdoors.

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When I got the call from Mark Melnyk to join The New Fly Fisher on a fishing trip, I was super excited and when he told me it was to the Algoma region I was thrilled. It had been a long time since I’d been up that way. I used to frequent the area quite often in my younger years. When Mark told me it was for pre-spawn bucket smallmouth my eyes lit up. I have never had an opportunity in Southern Ontario to target pre-spawn bass and have always wanted to give it a whirl. They are out of season in the spring where I live, but have an open catch and release season north of Highway 17 in Algoma Country. Just a few days later the truck was packed and I was heading North.

drone footage algoma region lake

The Algoma region is the ultimate DIY destination and an all-around outdoor paradise. This vast region begins close to Elliot Lake and proceeds west to Sault Ste. Marie then all the way north past Hornepayne. The drive is full of opportunities to see wildlife along the way such as bears, moose, deer and even the elusive elk. There are countless unspoiled rivers and lakes just waiting to be explored with endless angling opportunities for not only multi species but also for legitimate trophy fish.

cottage at snowshoe camp resort

Nestled on Wakomata Lake near the town of Thessalon is Snowshoe Camp Resort. As we pulled in, the owners Brent and Laura Shergold came out to greet us in true northern fashion. They instantly made us feel at home. The cabins are as good as it gets for a DIY Housekeeping package. They are clean and comfortable with lots of space and a wood burning stove that kept us toasty warm if needed. There is even a recreation room to kick back after a long day on the water, to watch a game, play darts or shoot a game of pool. Looking off the back deck you will see breathtaking views and beautiful sunsets. It didn’t take long to settle in and exhale, while trying to fight off the excitement of the next few days ahead on the water.

In the morning Mark introduced me to our guide and I was pleasantly surprised to meet local Algoma guide Adam Vallee. Adam and I had been social media pals for years and when we met, I felt like I already knew him. He is a staple in the area and his deep local knowledge and experience are due to his life-long passion of fishing. When it comes to bass tactics, I was very impressed with Adam’s knowledge and ability to dial in on their behaviour specifically, where to pursue them based on water temperatures. Adam is also a salt of the earth kind of man and a lot of fun to spend a day with. Snowshoe Camp Resort and Adam Vallee have a great relationship and people can be guided right off Snowshoe Camp Resort’s own docks.

anglers with bass

The plan of attack for the next couple of days was to follow the water temps and chase cruising massive pre-spawn bass and it didn’t take Adam long to get us dialed in. With Mark mainly casting poppers, I took the streamer route and we both lit it up. Bass after bass, and as the waters warmed the fish got bigger. We hit two different lakes in total and we found fish all day. Countless aggressive streamer strikes and explosive top water takes that bring goosebumps to the most seasoned fly anglers. These are visuals you will never forget. I even caught my personal best, an absolute tank of a fish weighing in at 6.5 pounds. We later found out this could be an unofficial Fly fishing world record on 3x tippet, and a fish of a lifetime. We chose to release it for sport and hope another angler down the road hooks into it and gets to experience all that comes with a trophy bass. Adam thinks there is fish pushing 8 pounds here and I 100% believe it. As we continued to fish, we saw whitefish under the boat, lake trout and a big musky sunning in the flats just ensuring us that this lake has plenty of huge fish.

brook trout algoma country

To finish the trip, we decided to give our bass thumbs a rest and wader up to explore the local creek that we kept driving past. The creek looked so fishy and pretty we couldn’t resist. Our curiosity got the best of us. We used this opportunity to explore the pristine creek and pave a path for future anglers and the lodge. This creek didn’t disappoint, and we got into brook trout immediately, and it’s within throwing distance of the lodge to boot. No fish with size but a small creek, and light rod angler’s dream, the beauty of these fish is legendary. We took a hike, exploring everything the area had to offer. We couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up our stay at Snowshoe Camp Resort.

I cannot wait to get back to see this area. With so many lakes and rivers, one can’t even scratch the surface of hitting them all. Algoma has a special place in our hearts and it never disappoints.

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