One of the absolute best perks we here at Fish’n Canada get, is the privilege to visit many great fishing destinations. Since we are always on the lookout for new locations, we always keep our eyes and ears open. About 5 years ago we heard of a place that sounded too good to be true. They claimed not only about a high-end drive to lodge but even more impressive was the gigantic Walleye that lurk the depths of the surrounding waters. This we had to check out.
“I met Ted Putnam the owner of Hawk Lake Lodge a while ago” says Angelo “and we immediately hit it off… especially after he talked about the facility and the fishing”
After that meeting, our team tried their best to hook up with Ted and his crew and finally it happened.
As usual, our timing for this shoot was a week or two off but nonetheless, we still ended up with an awesome Fish’n Canada episode. In fact, the evening before our departure day, the current lodge guests starting posting up some impressive fish… of course they did!
As to our success” says Pete “the bad news is we only caught 2 small Walleye… not too impressive eh… oh but let me finish, the good news is, all the rest were from 4 pounders and up to TANKS!”
Our trip to Hawk Lake Lodge was a lengthy one (we live in southern Ontario) but trust us; it’s a small price to pay for giant fish results.
The meals were outstanding, the accommodations were perfect, the staff was excellent, the boats were extremely well equipped and Ted was a real character. They even have a Happy Hour every night before supper with a wide selection of beverages, an inclusion that not too many other lodges offer.
As to the fishing, all we can say is wow. Where else in the world can you fish on a relatively small drive-to body of water and have a very legit chance of catching a 30+ inch Walleye? Well the odds of someone in your group landing such a trophy are almost as good as on the Bay of Quinte or Lake Erie!
On our first evening there after a late day check in (as we said it’s a long drive) Ted took us to one of his hotspots and on the very first cast, we popped an 8 pounder… that’s pretty impressive.
By the end of our trip (during horrid fishing weather conditions), we caught some gorgeous Walleye anchored with a beauty well over 30 inches long.
Our baits of choice for these somewhat fussy Walleye (at that time) were a jig-head tipped either a minnow or a leech. Yes, we use live bait, especially for Walleye.
“When we hit a lake like Hawk that has true trophy fish potential,” Angelo says “we want all the odds in our favor and live bait does that for us”.
Something else to add about Hawk Lake is the insane Smallmouth Bass fishing that is rarely talked about due to the fantastic Walleye fishing. There are loads of Smallies here and lots are big. During our Fish’n Canada shoot, we would take mid-day breaks from the Walleye and go for pre-spawn Smallmouth… many 3 1/2’s to 4’s and lots bigger following.
Hey, want one more reason to go to Hawk Lake… the bass season is open all year long. So if the Walleye are off or you need a break, pull out the top-waters and Senkos; guaranteed to hook up.
Finally, for a different look, the lodge offers 19 other smaller lakes to fish with big Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth, Crappie and more.
But I’ll tell you” Pete says “no matter how good the outback lakes are touted; it’s pretty hard to leave Hawk with all those pigs lying around!
One last thing that Hawk Lake lays claim to fame is 2 live release records; a 37” Walleye that weighed approximately 20+ lbs and a 24” Smallmouth Bass pushing the imaginary scales to around 9 lbs… impressive to say the least.
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GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s trophy walleye and smallmouth bass fishery, we first drove north on HWY 400 to HWY 69, we then took HWY 17 north west all the way past Dryden, just east of Kenora, we finally turned south on Hawk Lake Road, taking us to the beautiful Hawk Lake Lodge.