A Canada fishing trip to Bayview Lodge will provide you with a variety of fishing including Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Crappie and above all, Muskie. Our lakes and rivers fishery located thirty miles north of Lake Of The Woods offers you a unique combination of fishing venues and fish types. Our location is relatively unknown and has not experienced undue fishing pressure. The fishing is spectacular.
Bayview Lodge Minaki is located in the centre of the five lakes that make up our fishery which we simply call the Winnipeg River Fishery. The Winnipeg River flows into Manitoba from Lake of the Woods at Kenora Ontario located thirty miles to the south.
The Winnipeg Lakes & River is a lesser known fishery that consists of five lakes and three rivers of the Winnipeg River System that is forty-five miles in length. The lakes include Big Sand Lake, Little Sand Lake, Rough Rock Lake, Pistol Lake and Gunn Lake. The rivers include McFarlene River, Black Sturgeon River and the Winnipeg River. The combination of these lakes and rivers provide unequaled fishing experiences. The Winnipeg Lakes and River Fishery is found between the Norman Dam at the Lake Of The Woods headwaters of the Winnipeg River and the Whitedog Dam located a further 45 miles to the north of Minaki.
Unlike very large lakes, our fishery is protected by islands and bays. While guides are available, you do not need one. Maps are available at the lodge. The main waters of our lakes move slowly because the rivers drive their waters through the lakes from one end to the other. Moving waters create many spawning grounds, making our fishery very productive. As the waters of our fishery flow from Lake Of The Woods, the genealogy of our fish include the genes of the larger fish that those larger waters have created over thousands of years. However, because the Lake Of The Woods fishery is so famous, it experiences a lot of fishing pressure. In comparison, our fishery does not. Come to our lessor known but hugely exciting and abundant fishery for your next Canada fishing trip to experience a quality of fishing and trophy opportunities that most other fisheries wish they had but do not.
The community of Minaki is situated along the river and in the center of our fishery. Bayview Lodge is located across the river from Minaki providing us with privacy and solitude, but keeping us close to the amenities of town. Minaki is a small wilderness community of about 150 people in winter and a larger population in summer. It offers a limited number of stores, services and recreational activities which enhance our vacation services. Bayview Lodge is located just a half mile or so from the centre of the town (village).
Minaki is a remote wilderness area with spectacular scenery, unparalleled fishing opportunities in both still and moving waters, and is very sparsely populated. While you may see another boat in the distance occasionally, the fishery is so large and so protected by bays, islands and turns in the various rivers, you hardly ever see anyone.
We have many portage lakes in the area offering access to huge Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Crappies, Perch, Sturgeon, Whitefish and Muskies. The Winnipeg Lakes and River Fishery is known for its abundant Walleye of which eight to nine pound fish are fairly common. Occasionally Walleye weighing more than twelve pounds are caught and released. The largest Muskie caught here was 65 lbs.
Trolling with crank baits in 30 to 60 feet of water seems to be the most productive technique for the big fish, although there's also some excellent action to be had while vertical jigging on mid-lake structures. Some very large Walleye and Musky are caught just around the corner from Bayview Lodge's ideal location in the center of our fishery.
Due to the wide variety of structure throughout the Winnipeg Lakes and River Fishery system, fish can be found almost anywhere in the five lakes and three rivers of the system at any time of the season.
Fish producing areas generally shift over the course of the season. The season starts with river channel fishing after the spring spawn with the larger schools moving down river into the Big Sand Lake area in mid-June to mid-July. By September, most of these schools are widely dispersed, scattered in the larger lake bodies moving in a migratory pattern upriver. Toward the end of September and October the fish move back into the current providing great late season action.
The River and Lake features include mud and sand bottoms with a variety of structures from rock bars to sand bars, along with muskie cabbage weeds and reefs. The fishery varies in depth to 200 feet. The deep holes provide shelter for the larger Northern Pike and Muskie when they are not foraging in shallow waters. The forage base for all species includes Ciscos, Shiners, other bait fish and the junior fish of all species. The Ministry of Natural Resources claims the growth rate of Northern Pike and Muskies in this area is approximately two pounds per year.
Targeting suspended schools of Walleye over deep basins in both the river and lakes is a popular summer fishing method. Sunken islands offer excellent structure and fishing opportunities. Lindy rigging, jigging, long-line trolling or casting crank baits as well as down-rigging all work here. We recommend starting with methods familiar to you but keep an open mind for alternative techniques if the action slows.
There are plenty of fish to pursue and as long as we all follow the Fishing Regulations for our area and let the bigger fish go, the great wilderness fishing we offer will be sustained forever! Fishing here is as good as it was hundreds of years ago and we maintain this by managing our fishery with care and conservative fishing practices. Let the trophies go to spawn again and handle fish with the care they deserve. Your next Canada fishing trip will be a success at Bayview Lodge Minaki.