Tips for a Successful Trip
Food and Menu Planning
When planning your food list, sit down with your group and organize each meal, people usually bring too much food. It is advisable to bring some emergency food, canned or dried in case you don’t eat as much fish as you had planned, or you are delayed by weather for a day. This seldom happens but it’s good to be prepared.
Freeze bottled water to put in small coolers (less than 40 quarts). This will keep your food cool until you get to the camp. Lake water at our camps can be used for drinking if boiled. Pack your food supplies in medium size boxes with lids and your personal gear in small duffle bags. Reels and hooks should be removed from rods and rods should be put in small holders or taped together to avoid damage. Dip nets should be placed in plastic bags and wrapped to avoid getting caught up on other gear.
All trash will be flown out of the bush with you. There is a good supply of garbage bags at the camp for garbage and recyclables, please double bag all garbage. Avoid large plywood boxes or double door coolers as they are difficult to load onboard the aircraft. Groups of one to five are allowed 100 lbs. per person, and groups of six or more are allowed 150 lbs. Should you exceed that, your overload will be flown in later that same day, weather permitting at a cost of eighty cents a pound.
Suggested Food and Supply List
- Bacon or Ham
- Fish Batter
- Cooking Oil
- Bottled Water
- Cold Cuts
- Salt & Pepper
- Pancake Mix
- Hand Soap
- Peanut Butter
- Tea Towels
- Hand Towel
- Disposable Cloths
- Wooden Matches
- Aluminum Foil
- Paper Towel
- Toilet Paper
- Zip-Lock Bags
- Fishing Gear
- Insect Repellent
- Filet Knife
- Playing Cards
- Rain Gear
- First Aid Kit
- Life Jacket
- Warm Clothes
- Sleeping Bag
- Landing Nets/Fish Cradle
Outpost Camps are Provided With
- Propane Stove
- Boats and Motors
- Swivel Boat Seats
- Unlimited Boat Gas
- Water Pail
- Fish Cleaning Station
- Propane Fridge
- Axe & Saw
- Outdoor Grill
- Wood Stove
- Fish Gut Pail
- Propane Lights
- Pots and Pans
- Cleaning Supplies
- Garbage Bags
What Not To Bring
- Bear Spray
- Guns are Not Permitted (Except during moose hunt)
- Acid Batteries
- Oversized Coolers (Cooler should not exceed 80Lbs)
- Bottled Beer (Canned beer is allowed)
- Rod Cases over 6’ 6” in Length and 5″ in Diameter
- Boat Seats (We provide two swivel boat seats per boat)
All flights are scheduled approximately 2 to 3 weeks in advance of your trip and you will receive an email with your information package that will include your fight time. If we do not have your email on file, we will send your information package by mail. There is also information about motels in our area, bait suppliers and a map of how to get to our base. Please make sure you pass the information on to all members of your party.
Just a reminder that passports are required if you are planning on crossing the US/Canadian border.
Fishing Gear and Guns
Rod cases should not exceed 6 feet 6 inch in length and 5 inches in diameter. If your fishing rod is longer then this it will be removed from its case.
No guns are permitted on our aircraft except during moose hunt season.
All fishermen have their own techniques and preference of tackle, these are just some hints and suggestions to get you started.
Bright colored sinking jigs or floating with a bottom bouncer, chartreuse is always a hit with Uncle Andy, Rapalas and crawler harnesses.
Live bait is helpful, small to medium minnows, leeches or worms.
Each lake is different, try trolling or drifting with jigs and live bait. Walleye tend to hang out on the sandy / rocky points and shoals or in the moving water at the mouth of a stream. Overcast and light wind are always helpful as well as fishing at dusk and dawn. Try different depths, walleye can be found from the surface down to 40 feet, depending on the time of year and water temperature.
The bigger the better, floating Rapalas and spoons. Steel leaders are a must.
No bait is necessary, but sucker minnows can be helpful.
Weed beds and shallower water are where pike are generally found, cast into the weeds. Pike are fast moving so trolling at a decent pace will still allow you to hook a big one.
Spoons, jigs and spinners, sinkers or down riggers.
Minnows, sucker minnows, smelts and worms.
In spring when the water is still cold the lake trout can be found near the surface, trolling with a spoon works well. As the water temperature rises and the lake turns over the lake trout go deeper, trolling with weighted line and a spoon or jigging deep will work.
Speckled Trout/Brook Trout
Small spoons, small spinner, or flies.
Worms only! Speckled trout lakes are sensitive, never introduce live bait (minnows) to the lake, it could be harmful to the ecosystem.
Keep your lure moving. Speckled trout are an aggressive fish and will hit out of anger rather than hunger.