A Guide for Planning a Fishing Lodge Vacation in Ontario, Canada

Summary: You can have a great adventure at fishing lodges in Ontario, Canada. This is especially true at fishing resorts near Ignace, Ontario. Some preparation is necessary to make sure you have the best experience. Consider the following.

A Guide for Planning a Fishing Lodge Vacation in Ontario, Canada

A Guide for Planning a Fishing Lodge Vacation in Ontario, Canada

Reasons for planning a fishing lodge trip in Ontario, Canada

We have over 70,000 lakes.

The diversity of fish species is excellent. You may catch from 3 to 7 species in a single day.

Trophy size game fish are common.

We have lake trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern Pike, walleye and more.

Ontario record catches:

  • Lake trout – 63.12 lbs 51.5 inches
  • Largemouth bass 10.43 lbs 22.0 inches
  • Smallmouth bass – 9.84 lbs 24 ins.
  • Northern pike – 42.12 lbs
  • Walleye – 22.25 lbs 36.5 ins.

Our pan fish are excellent as well; crappie and perch, to name a couple.

Record catches:

  • crappie – 3.78 lbs 17 inches
  • perch – 2.46 lbs 15.25 inches


The best fishing happens at wilderness fishing resorts.

Wilderness means no shopping nearby.

Sioux Lookout (pop. 5,272) is 73 miles from Wildewood on Lake Savant.

Ignace (pop. 1,202) is 90 miles away.

Things you forget to bring can ruin your trip.

  • No sunglasses – all that glare every day!
  • No hat – ears peeling off!
  • Your favorite lure not packed – disappointment.
  • Missing hoodie – brrr!

Plan to bring everything you need.

Try not to bring things you don’t need.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”

A fishing vacation checklist for you. *

  • Documents

(Passports, driver’s license, Outdoors Card, fishing license, insurance cards)

  • Camp tools

(Multitool, camp light, hatchet, lighter, rope, compass & maps – don’t rely on cell phone)

  • Cooking tools

(Pot & pan, cooking utensils, hot mitts, cutting board & knife, can opener)

  • Eating tools

(Camp plates/cups, utensils, tablecloth)

  • Cleaning tools

(Trash bags, paper towels, dish soap, bleach, green scrub pads)

  • Hygiene tools

(Shampoo, bar soap, towels, hand sanitizer for outhouse, toothbrush/paste/floss)

  • Medic’s tools

(Acetaminophen, aloe vera, antihistamine, heart burn meds)

  • First aid kit

(Bandages, alcohol pads, gauze, scissors, tweezers, rubbing alcohol)

  • Personal bags

(Glasses, sleeping bag, insect repellent, flashlight, sunscreen, wet wipes)

  • Clothing

(Hat, polarized sunglasses, gloves, bandana, shoes, boots, rain gear, 2 heavy shirts, 2 shirts, 2 pants, 2 shorts, under clothes, sweatshirt, fishing gloves)

  • Food

(Everything you’ll need, except fish)

  • Fishing gear

You know best. Check your lodge’s website for local recommendations.

* You may or may not need all these items. CALL YOUR LODGE for details on what you should pack.