Canadian Wilderness Fly-in Fishing and Hunting Trips

How to fish Atikwa lake early

When ice first goes off Atikwa the best thing to do is fish white 1/8 1/4 oz jig heads with a white twister tail. Cast and slowly reel in or jig aggressively back and enjoy the hit. Fish the mouths of bays, and even back into the bay. They stay in shallow water until it gets over 60 degrees. If you like trolling make sure your lure is at least 100’ behind boat and use small colorful crankbaits that go 10’-20’ down or colorful spoons in orange and silver hammered or blues and silver. Biggest mistake people make early is believing the trout are down deep. Sometimes you can see them on the locator at 80’ but those aren’t the ones hitting. Vertical jig white twister tails, diver vibes and Heddon Sonars off points or mouths of big bays. Northern will be in shallow bays and off points. Don’t be throwing giant lures you’ve seen on videos where they were fishing in September. Subtle fishing with rapala husky jerks, red and white and 5 of diamonds spoons. Also the great jig and white twister tails. 2 years ago I was guiding and slowly trolling 1/8 oz twister tails and we caught 2 40” fat northern at the same time coming around a point. Understanding boat control and where ur lure is in relationship to the bottom is key. Walleye will be shallow, shallow, wherever there is moving water, or structure along shore line. Main lake u need to troll crawler harnesses until u can find them. Then use jig/crawler,leech combos. Do not bring minnows due to they die too quickly, salted minnows work but I like crawlers or even Calamari strips. DO NOT USE BRAIDED LINE OF ANY KIND EXCEPT FOR NORTHERN AND MUSKY AND EVEN THEN I HATE IT! You will catch 10-1 trout/walleye using mono instead of braid. And mono doesn’t ruin lower units on outboards or does it make eagles, otters, osprey, beaver etc. have terrible, tortured deaths getting tangled in that crap.

Cheers! Todd

Beginning of 2019

MAY 15 2019 Jake just got into camp today and found some ice damage on new cabin deck. Ice came off roof and sheared railing completely off. Some large animal chewed a new, big hole into the kitchen but we have had worse damage. Ice went out 6 days ago so that’s about the timeContinue Reading

June 15 2018

Fishing has been hit or miss this last week. Weather has been pretty warm and not much wind. Roy Rosbacka, like usual, did great. His group has been coming for close to 40 years so they know every spot on the lake. He did real well trolling black and white, and orange spoons for LakersContinue Reading

May Fishing report

We have had our first group in camp this week. Very hot weather and the fishing suffered a little bit. The Terry Holloway group was here and they still caught quite a few trout. George Olsen got a 36″ laker not too far from the dock and they had a few other big ones upContinue Reading

May 30

We started late up here due to the late spring. They had a big ice storm in March so clearing the portage lake paths has been a big job. Lots of trees down. This last week has been very hot and humid but now a cold front has come thru and it’s around 60. TheContinue Reading

June cancellations have become catastrophic

Due to several groups changing the dates recently or having different numbers than originally thought, reservations will not be wrote down in the book until $250 per person has been received for 2019. Sorry but absolutely no exceptions. It’s mostly my fault due to being a poor business man and letting people book with noContinue Reading

MAY 1 2018

We are going to have an EXTREMELY LATE ice put up at Atikwa this year. It’s May 1 and the ice isn’t off the lakes for the open water fishing in Northern Wisconsin. I can’t believe our ice out won’t be til very end of May to early June. Who knows with the weather butContinue Reading

R.I.P. DUKIE

Im sorry to tell everyone the our family and camp dog Duke had to be put down recently. He was a great, friendly dog who was with me all the time for 15 years. He’s been at Atikwa since we bought the place and loved swimming and playing with the kids especially. He was aContinue Reading

Hauling Material for new cabin Mid September

The new cabin will be started soon and hopefully will be under roof by mid/end of October. Then spring of 2018 we will finish it. It’s been a real hassle getting everything here and not knowing for sure when it will be finished in the spring. Im having to stay up here a lot longerContinue Reading

September 20 2017we’re

The bear hunt went well this year with lots of bear hitting the baits and coming in during shooting hours. We had a great hunting group in that took most of our tags. They had a 100% kill with another wounded and not recovered. Too bad. The group, Hank, Matt, Shorty, Joe, Cody, Johnny, John,Continue Reading