Fishing

Join us for some of Ontario’s finest fishing
at Northern Walleye Lodge

Dog Lake is home to Northern Walleye Lodge and some of Ontario’s best fishing for a variety of game fish.

Dog Lake features more species than most lakes. Fish grow to trophy sizes in our waters due to our southerly location but exist in large numbers due to our remote location. As a result of the limited fishing pressure we boast large numbers of Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Jumbo Perch, Whitefish, Burbot (Ling), Herring (Cisco) and Brook Trout.

Dog Lake feature many miles of shoreline, shallow and deep areas as well as many weed beds which all contribute to a perfect environment for fishing. Dog Lake’s fresh water and it’s nutrients are carried down from the Lochalsh and Dog Rivers. Dog Lake forms the headwaters for the Michipicoten River to the south. This flow of water creates a perfect environment for a healthy population of fish.

Northern Walleye Lodge supports catch & release fishing and hope that our guests will comply so that everyone can continue to catch more and bigger fish every year. We want to ask that you keep in mind that small fish need to grow; one 17″ walleye has the same amount of meat as two 14″ Walleye. With Northern Pike, please try to release pike that are under 24″.

If you are joining us and require a fishing license please note that these can be bought online by visiting the resident or non-resident link at https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing

We’ve broken the fishing information down by species below to make it easier to plan your next fishing trip with us at Northern Walleye Lodge.

Walleye (Pickerel)

Dog Lake offer a fantastic breeding ground for Walleye due to it’s highly oxygenated waters and relatively low fishing pressure. The rivers that feed Dog Lake provide outstanding spawning grounds. A large number of Walleye can be found in the 1 to 3-pound range (14 to 19 inches). It’s very common to catch 30 to 60 Walleyes in a day if you work the waters and of course on how well you know the lake. There’s lots of Walleye in the 4 to 6 pound range as well and it’s common to latch onto a few of these every day along with the odd 7 to 10 pound trophy Walleye.

To educate you, we show our guests the hot spots but of course there’s always the option to go out and explore the lake and find new spots.

There’s many ways to seek out Walleye, from trolling right close to shore in 3 to 4 feet of water right at dusk or jigging during the day and at sunrise and sunset. Using green, pink, yellow and white jig heads with just a worm works best and we recommend you bring 1/4 oz for shallow to 15 feet deep, 3/8 oz 15′ and deeper, if you can’t feel the jig less chances you’re going to feel a light bite. Being able to feel the jig touching bottom will give you better success.

Walleye are in varied locations depending on the time of year. From mid-June to mid-August they predominantly will be located off of shoals, islands and rocky points and especially in areas where there is a nice drop-off.

Have more questions about our fantastic opportunities for Walleye fishing? Give us a call and we’ll help you decide that your next fishing vacation should be at Northern Walleye Lodge.

Northern Pike

Dog Lake has an incredible population of Northern Pike that reside in both the many shallow bays as well as the open waters near islands and sunken reefs. With many of them in the 2 to 5-pound range, the number of fish you catch sometimes comes down to how skilled you are at taking the hook out of their mouths. There really are that many!! Looking for that trophy? It’s very common to catch & release a Northern Pike in the 40-inch range (15 to 20 pounds) and quite common to catch nice sized fish that are in the 6 to 13-pound range.

Dog Lake is a hot bed for Northern Pike fishing, and we know that if that’s what you’re fishing for, you will not be disappointed.

Smallmouth Bass

Dog Lake is a tremendous Bass fishery as a result of its rocky structure together with its hundreds of islands and shoals. There are quite literally massive numbers of Smallmouth Bass and due to the habitat, there’s also big Trophy Smallmouth Bass.

While not everyone enjoys this level of success if you use the right technique and happen to find a school of bass, it’s very possible to catch 80 to 100 bass on
a good day.

It’s very common for our guests to catch a number of Smallmouth Bass in the 4 to 6-pound range and on occasion even larger!

Smallmouth Bass from our waters taste fantastic especially when deep fried in batter. Of course, not only do they taste great, but they are so much fun to catch because they fight 10 times harder than Walleyes.

Lake Trout

Dog Lake is truly one of the best lakes in the province of Ontario for Lake Trout fishing. This is a result of it’s size and the fact it reaches depths of up to 245 feet deep. With it’s many islands, reefs, shoals and deep drop offs it creates the perfect environment for Lake Trout.

As many people know Lake Trout are often a difficult fish to target but generally speaking the best time to get them is from dawn until 10 am and during the final hours of daylight.

The size range of this species is from 2 to 4 pounds for the smaller fish and then all the way up to 30 to 35 pounds for the trophy sized fish.