Even if you've been to Canada before, planning your adventure isn't easy. You have dozens of decisions to make including:
- Kind of trip—Fly-in, boat-in or drive-to
- Species of fish you want to focus on
- Quantities of fish you're looking to catch
- Whether you want to cook your own meals or have them prepared for you
- Whether you'll need a licensed fishing guide
- The length of your trip
- The amount and type of fishing gear that you should take
After you decide on a province and the kind of fishing adventure you want to experience, the next step in the process before talking to potential outfitters and guides is to decide which fish species you want to target and in what priority. If walleyes are most important to you, then make sure they're the primary game fish in the waters you are considering.
Talk to a few lodges, get their materials and read the fine print. What might seem like an expensive trip at one lodge might actually be a bargain if it includes meals, gas, guide fees and bait.
Planning (or lack of it) can make or break your fishing trip.
Below is a sampling of some trip-planning questions that you should ask potential outfitters or guides. Take this list with you to any sportsmen's show you attend and use it to help plan your trip
Ask to see pictures of:
- Cabins—especially the one you'll be assigned to
- Fish house
- Main lodge
- Dining area
Questions to ask about cabins:
- Do they have a full kitchen?
- Do they have a full bathroom?
- Do they have heat?
- Do they have separate bedrooms?
- Do they have a deck/patio?
- Do they have a barbecue grill?
- Do they have a view of the lake?
- Is there a steep shoreline—for older members of your group?
Questions to ask about the boats and motors:
- Are they flat-bottom boats with casting decks?
- Two stroke or four?
- How old?
- Is gas included?
- Who's responsible for any damage?
Questions to ask about the fishing:
- What's the primary fish species in the lake?
- Are they plentiful?
- Is it likely a trophy fish will be caught?
- What secondary fish are in lake?
- Are there portage lakes?
- What is the best time of year to fish the lake?
Questions to ask about the lodge:
- Is there a ample menu of the food?
- Does the lodge have a licensed bar?
- Does the lodge have Internet/email access?
- Does the lodge have a tackle/bait shop?
- Does the lodge have battery charging services?
Questions to ask the lodge ownership:
- How old is the camp?
- How long have you owned the lodge?
Questions to ask about pricing:
- What does my plan include?
- Do you offer licensed fishing guides?
- Do you offer/sell bait?
- Do you have extra gas available?
- Will an extra day of fishing be available if needed because of bad weather?
- Do you have motor insurance?
- Do you offer fish filleting services?
- Do you fly clients out during the day?
- Do you offer night fishing?
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