As much as I hate to say it, not every fishing trip I go on is successful.
That was the case this past week when I burned $80 of gas for five fish. I blame it on the weather conditions. I fished the Ohio River above Steubenville and the water temperature was 84 degrees, and then tried Berlin Reservoir (80 degrees) for a morning fish and once again struggled mightily.
That’s OK, because I have my “trip of a lifetime” coming up at the end of the month, when I head out to Manitoba, Canada, for a fly-in fishing trip with my son, Izzy.
We’ve been planning this trip for a year, looking at Canadian fishing lodges from Quebec to Alberta, and trying to pick the right one was a dilemma. The requirements included a remote setting; big, toothy fish species that we haven’t caught before; and a lodge with great reviews and great fishing.
Rustic setting of Bolton Lake Lodge catches their eye
We settled on Bolton Lake Lodge, 300 miles north of Winnipeg, where Jodi and Trevor Dick have the only cabins on the 200-square mile lake. It’s home to northern pike up to 30 pounds, Master Angler lake trout, double-digit walleye and whitefish – all species my California-living son has never caught.
While I’m certainly no stranger to walleye and pike, I never shy away from catching more of them, but I am particularly looking forward to catching my first-ever laker, which has been on my bucket list for