Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Kenora, Ontario.
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Species You Fish for by Season
Smallmouth bass: These are among the most sporting of fish found anywhere and are the predominant species available on our lakes. They are best caught with 5- to 7-weight fly-fishing rods using poppers and other top-water presentations as well as streamers, Clousers and sub-surface flies (e.g. crayfish/leech patterns), Dahlberg Divers, Wooly Worms, Wooly Buggers, Marabou Muddlers, Deer hair bugs, Sculpins, Clouser Minnows, Gerbubble Bugs and small poppers, hook sizes, 2 to 6.
Trophy walleye: 8- to 10-weight rods with sinking line, fishing in 6-12 feet of water using leech patterns. These walleye reach record size (30 inches and larger) and are numerous on the lake system. Fish under 25 inches are uncommon.
Northern pike: These aggressive, fun to catch fish are found on many of our lakes. There are almost no conditions that prevent these fish from cooperating. Northerns vary greatly in size. Therefore, no single recommendation with respect to tackle can be made. On smaller pike up to 30 inches in length, 6- to 7-weight rods work well. However, if large to trophy sized northerns are on the menu, an upgrade in tackle is in order. In these situations 7- to 9-weight rods are required with top-water poppers as well as large pike streamers fished sub-surface. Dahlberg Divers, Muddler Minnows, Sculpins and colorful streamers in 1/0 to 4 with a short wire leader. Any of these or a combination of these flies are good choices for fishing northern pike.
Lake Trout: 7- to 10-weight rods with streamers. Early and late season (May and September) are the best times to target lake trout on the fly.
Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations
You will have private accommodations in lakeside cabins from 1-4 bedrooms. Each cabin has at least one full private bath and is fully carpeted and electrically heated. Amenities include many windows overlooking the lake, large, well-furnished living rooms, ceiling fans, small refrigerators, microwaves (for late night popcorn or other goodies) coffee makers and private, lakeside decks. The living rooms are furnished with comfortable chairs, sofas, and reading lamps.
We have cabins of all sizes and can accommodate groups from just the single fisherman looking to sneak away, to large parties of friends. Cabins range from one to four bedrooms with one and two private bathrooms and there is plenty of room for everyone. At night relax on the couch with a good book or grab a movie from our extensive library. Down comforters adorn your bed with fresh linens to ensure a restful sleep and prepare you for another day on the water. There is also a workout center, 3 hot-tubs, sauna, game room with pool table, darts and poker table.
As expected in a lodge of this quality, the choices are numerous and the meals are superb. Great care is taken in preparation and serving. The atmosphere is warm, casual, and intimate. The food, prepared to order by our expert chef, is plentiful and inviting.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
The breakfast bar features fresh fruit, hot and cold cereals, biscuits, sausage gravy, fruit juices, yogurt and sweet rolls. Our chef's daily specials include your choice of eggs any way you like them, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast or English muffins.
For the very avid anglers, we offer a “to go” breakfast (delivered to your cabin the night before) consisting of juice, egg ham and cheese muffin, cold cereal, milk and sweet roll to allow you an early morning start on the water.
You can return to the lodge for soup, sandwich, and fresh salad, or if you prefer to stay on the water (it can be tough to get away from a great day of fishing) you have several choices. We can either prepare for you a packed to order picnic lunch with choice of sandwich, salad, fresh fruit, cookies and cold drinks. Or, for the complete Canadian fishing experience you can have a shore lunch. No trip is complete without at least one hot lunch cooked over an open fire! We will provide all of the utensils and goodies for a delicious meal. We start with fresh walleye fillets and then add all the accoutrements including onions, potatoes, beans, corn, oil, fresh lemon, fruit, cookies and a variety of spices as well as all of the necessary utensils. There are many lunch spots on our lakes. You stop whenever you're hungry, build a small fire (we provide the wood) and cook a delicious, hot meal to your liking.
Start with homemade soup and breads with a fresh salad each evening. Entrees include prime rib, BBQ chicken, roast Cornish game hen, grilled shrimp and vegetable kabob, honey-fried walleye, capellini primavera, BBQ baby pork ribs, sautéed chicken breasts, grilled T-bone steaks, bacon wrapped fillets, baked stuffed pork chops and specialty pastas. Dinner entrees are served with fresh seasonal vegetables, potatoes, wild rice or pasta. Finish your meal with a selection of homemade desserts offered each evening.
A varied menu with many options is offered for your enjoyment. If you have special requests or dietary requirements, with a bit of advance notice we can meet your needs.
If you prefer to fish later in the evening as the bite is just too hard to resist no problem. We will gladly deliver your meal to you in your cabin and you can eat at your leisure.
For those with children that may not be in the mood for more adult orientated fare we have a wide selection of kid-friendly meals that will keep them coming back for seconds and the entire clan fully satisfied. From homemade pizza, burgers and fries, to macaroni with cheese, fresh cut chicken tenders, quesadillas.
- Outdoor screened-in hot tub and sauna - Our 8 person hot-tub is a great place to unwind after a day on the water. There is nothing like relaxing in the tub listening to a rain storm blow through.
- Fitness center includes Cybex and Lifestyler bikes, Precor treadmill and Pulse Fitness four station weight equipment.
- Poker table
- Wireless Internet to check on your favorite team or email
Just 30 minutes from the lodge is the town of Kenora on Lake of the Woods which offers local shopping, boat cruises, float-plane rides as well as excellent golfing opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much is a typical gratuity?
A. Gratuities are not included and are optional. A gratuity of 10% of your trip is well received.
Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Closest airports are Winnipeg, Manitoba and International Falls, MN. From either airport it is a 3 hour drive right to the lodge. Guests can rent a car, use a shuttle service or charter a float-plane and land right at our docks. For those guests with private aircraft they may fly into Kenora (25 minutes from the lodge) and then be picked up by shuttle.
Sample of Typical Itinerary
Guests typically arrive mid-afternoon and after settling into their cabin, greet other guests at happy hour and then enjoy a gourmet dinner. After dinner guests may go out and begin their fishing adventure until dark.
There is no set number of days to come but the typical trip is from 5-7 nights. Completely up to the angler.
Guests can fish 24 hours a day. Many fish early morning before breakfast come in for a hot meal and then fish the day bringing their pre-packed lunch with them on the water. After a day on the water, dinner is served in the lodge after which you may fish all evening before retiring to your cabin after relaxing in the hot-tub or sauna. June and July sees daylight of nearly 18 hours so there is no shortage of fishing opportunity.
What Should Customers Bring?
Rain gear, sunscreen, camera, appropriate footwear for the short portage hikes to the out-lakes.
Warm clothing for early and late season fishing.
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