Cat Island Lodge Has It All!
Article by: Joel Prunty
I’m planning to revisit one of my all-time favorite fishing destinations at the end of June. The Location that I am referring to is Cat Island Lodge on Trout Lake, which is about 70 miles east of Red Lake, Ontario. In preparation for the trip, I’ve been thinking about what makes Cat Island Lodge so special. To be honest, when I spent some time thinking it over... This lodge literally checks off every “must-have” box on the list.
I typically look for two key qualities when judging a good lodge... Is it remote (Which I prefer), and is the lake/river system large enough to hold good populations of large fish. Well... Trout Lake can only be reached by floatplane, check! The lake also covers over 70,000 acres which is HUGE, check!
But aside from its remote location and large size, Cat Island is unique in other ways as well. One thing that is extremely unique about this fishery is that it offers exceptional fishing for Walleye, Pike AND Lake Trout. Trust me when I say that this is very unusual. In most fisheries, you can find quality fishing in one or two of these species. Having one body of water that provides exceptional fishing in all three types of fish is the icing on the cake! With that being said, the average size walleye is BIG, 20 inches plus – I know this for a fact because it can be a challenge to find enough fish under 18 inches for shorelunch!
The Lake Trout here are also plentiful, easy to locate and perfect eating size from 5-10 lbs with some over that mark. The pike fishing here is certainly worth the effort as well with many in the 30 inch plus range. Trust me, however, when I say that you have a real shot at a trophy Pike here if you can peel yourself away from the Walleye and Lake Trout fishing for a bit.
In this wilderness setting you will also get a good dose of Canadian wildlife. We’ve seen it all from on this lake; Woodland Caribou, bear and moose, eagles, osprey, and loons just to name a few.
Another consideration for choosing this lodge as your next Canadian adventure is the fact that Cat Island is very affordable for an excellent fly-in destination. Here, the American plan (meals, guides, and maid-service) runs about $1,625 in U.S. funds for a 5-day trip. The lodge is located on a flat, compact spot with a sand beach setting it up for an exceptional sunset view. It is owned by Canadians Joyce and Faron Buckler who also operate the air-service that shuttles guests to and fro, which is a big plus. This talented husband and wife team keeps everything humming smoothly all summer from the exceptional food, professional guides, and top notch facilities.
If you are planning a Canadian adventure take a close look at one of my favorite spots, it literally has it all...Cat Island Lodge. Stay tuned, I’ll give you an update of our trip results when we return!
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Editors Note: Joel Prunty is the president of Fishulo,llc and is passionate about using his expertise in Canadian wilderness travel to assist anglers and hunters in planning adventures. Over a 20 year association with a Canadian fishing and hunting sportshow producer, Joel visited over 300 of Canada's BEST lodges, resorts and outfitters. He currently sits on the Marketing Advisory Council for Tourism Saskatchewan and was previously named the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association‘s (NOTO) member-of-the-year.
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