Fishing Regs & Fees

Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary

2018 Fishing regulations ontarioAn annual guide to the rules and regulations for recreational fishing in Ontario.
It contains information about recreational fishing licences,
open seasons and catch limits, as well as up-to-date fishing regulations for each fishing zone.

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Fly-in Fishing Day Trips


Extremely popular, BOOK EARLY!  Take me to the rates.

view from the air tmarten riverMarten River Lodge, in keeping with its long tradition of providing sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts with The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure, now offers fly-in fishing day trips to remote lakes in northern Ontario and aerial sight-seeing charters over Temagami.

In partnership with Lakeland Airways of Temagami, Ontario, Marten River Lodge introduced this new service in 2015 to the delight of many of our guests. Flights depart from Lakeland Airway’s base in Temagami and return to MRL docks. Guests are flown to one of four different lakes for a chance at catching trophy bass and pike. Boats, motors, fuel, bait, lunch, ground and air transportation as well as a guide are included in our fly-in adventure service.

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Many anglers long for the chance at experiencing a fly-in fishing trip, but don’t necessarily want to spend thousands of dollars to rough it for a full week at an isolated, remote camp way up north somewhere. Our new fly-in fishing day trip packages allow guests to fulfill their bucket list at far less cost and return to a comfortable cabin and home-cooked meal in a single day. Fly-in Fishing Day trips are offered as part of our Ultimate Deluxe Fishing & Adventure Package and can be added to any of our other adventure package plans.

Marten River Lodge has been in business for over 80 years, founded in 1933 as the first licensed fishing resort in the Temagami region. Owners Ray & Donna Sapiano purchased the business in 2012 and have worked diligently to continue to build on MRL’s success as a premier fishing, hunting, cottage and corporate retreat destination. “Our guided remote back lake trips are extremely popular with our guests,” says Ray Sapiano. “We have several remote lakes we access by truck, UTV or by Argo. Adding a fly-in remote fishing component to our business was a natural step for us - and it's proven to be very popular.” 

Lakeland Airways has been in business for over 60 years, flying sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts for fly-in fishing, hunting and canoe trips to outposts and remote lakes in northern Ontario. Pilot Darren Gareh insists on flying his guests personally in his de Havilland Beaver, C-FJKT and on providing a professional, safe and memorable experience. “MRL guests can expect the same quality experience we offer to all our customers combined with the extended services provided by their hosts,” says Darren.

Fishing guests are encouraged to book well in advance. Flights will depart from Lakeland Airway’s base in Temagami and guests will return by air to the lodge. Non-fishing guests and photography enthusiasts who would like to experience Temagami’s spectacular vistas by air can also book in advance for a 35-minute scenic flight subject to availability.

Northern Ontario Float Plane Fishing TripWhat to expect:

Ground transportation from MRL to Temagami airbase departs around 8 AM (after breakfast)
Flights generally depart by 8:30 AM or 9 AM
Flight duration to lake destinations average 15-20 minutes
Pick-up time for return flight to MRL is generally between 4 PM and 5 PM
Guests are limited to 50 lbs cargo (rod, tackle box, camera, personal affects)
Live bait, nets, safety gear and lunch are all provided 
Boats, motor and fuel provided 
Maximum 4 people per flight (3 guests plus guide)
Maximum 6 people (3 per boat)
Additional same-day flights for groups up to 6 (including guide) may be available at extra cost 
All bookings are non-cancellable; subject to rescheduling at pilot discretion
Flights and selected lakes are all subject to weather and wind conditions
Fuel surcharges may apply 


Guided Back Lake Fishing Excursions

Guided Back Lake Fishing Excursions

At MRL, we specialize in guided back lake fishing adventures. We take you to lakes and places most people never get to see - and we do it by land, by water and by air with our fleet of extreme terrain vehicles, boats and float plane. No other lodge in northeastern Ontario offers this kind of comprehensive guided fishing program and the options you have to enhance your fishing experience.

With 15 available lakes to choose from, including our four self-guided main lakes, your Ultimate Outdoor Adventure can be whatever you want it to be. And the best part is that our guides do most of the work for you.

Guests staying with us on our All-Inclusive American Plan automatically get one guided trip to Wicksteed Lake during their stay. Complete with shore lunch, this is by far our most popular adventure. Others choose our Deluxe Fishing Package which gives them a guided trip to a different lake every day! Choose our Ultimate Deluxe Package and you’ll also enjoy a Fly-in Fishing Day Trip among your daily adventures.

Regardless of what package you choose, you can add one or more guided back lake adventures to your stay. These trips are extremely popular and get booked up very quickly each year. So to avoid disappointment, we encourage you to book early. Call us and let us help you build your Ultimate Outdoor Adventure!


We have several options for back lake fishing, some of which depend on how adventurous you feel as some lakes can be difficult to get to. Others will depend on weather, group size, and accessibility given the time of year. All our excursions are unique and provide a true Northern adventure. Those who prefer easy access and a shore lunch need to look no further than Wicksteed Lake - our most popular. We will be happy to help you choose your adventure - give us a call! 1-800-561-2067

Why choose a guide? 

Shore Lunch Fishing AdventuresOur Guides are the best in the business. Cumulatively, our guides have over 100 years guiding experience. If you’ve been here before, then most likely you fished with Bill Tregenza, Dave Simpson, Art Arnold, Smiley, Brian Dougall, Doug Fairburn, Bob Aldridge, Adam Sapiano, Jeff Duhn, Sam Rose or Stephen Wright. Beyond being great anglers, our guides are also great hosts ensuring your safety, making the trip enjoyable, and of course facilitating the kind of experience you’re looking for. Whether it be trophy Pike, Bass or Walleye, an awesome shore lunch, or perhaps just to learn a little bit about our surroundings, our guides will be there for you.

Wicksteed Lake - Pickerel (Walleye), Bass, Pike, Perch

A large, diverse heavily structured lake known for quality pickerel. Fish for pickerel and you’re likely to have a Pike grab your dinner! Expect to catch your limit and enjoy a shore lunch with the fish you catch fresh off the lake and prepared expertly by your guide on an open fire. Easy access provides more time to fish! Your limit will be cleaned by the guide.
  • Access: Easy
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck (we provide)
  • Action: Minnows & worms
  • Lunch: Fresh catch of the day prepared by your guide, diced fire pit potatoes, beans and dessert

Rates for Wicksteed Lake:

  • $178.00 per person - 2 person min.
  • $89.00 per person thereafter using one guide 
  • 5 people max. per guide

Largo Lake - Walleye, Bass, Pike

back lake fishing in marten riverA small and very remote lake and an adventure to get to. Travel by truck about 40 minutes and then about an hour by Argo into the bush. Leaves you limited time on the water but offers a quality fishing experience.

  • Access: Very limited, very remote
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck, Argo (we provide)
  • Action: minnows & worms; Casting - spinner baits, catch & release  
  • Lunch: Packed cooler - sandwiches, drinks, dessert

Rates for Largo Lake:

  • $226.00 per person - 2 person min., 
  • $113.00 per person thereafter
  • 3 people max. 

Note: Access to Largo Lake may not be possible before late June each year due to high water levels at crossing.  Call for more information.

Chico Lake - Ontario Smallmouth Bass

A small remote lake with shallow water surrounded by rocks, underwater structure, coves and plentiful bass. Expect lots of action with sizes ranging from 1 lb to 6 lbs. Travel by truck about 45 minutes and then about an hour by Argo into the bush. Leaves you limited time on the water but offers a quality fishing experience.

  • Access: Very limited, very remote, some rough terrain
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck, Argo (we provide)
  • Action: Live bait - minnows & worms Casting - spinner baits, catch & release  
  • Lunch: Packed cooler - sandwiches, drinks, dessert

Rates for Chico Lake:

  • $226.00 per person - 2 person min.  
  • $113.00 per person thereafter 
  • 3 people max.

Hangstone Lake - Walleye, Bass, Pkids love to fish marten river ontarioike, Lake Trout

A large, remote lake reached by truck or UTV and our second-most popular remote lake destination. Combine back-lake fishing with a guided UTV trip and you get twice the adventure! Walleye and Northern Pike fishing or the smallmouth bass enthusiast.

  • Access: Moderately easy, slow going over rough terrain
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck or UTV (we provide)
  • Action: Live bait - minnows & worms
  • Lunch: Packed cooler - sandwiches, drinks, dessert

Rates for Hangstone Lake:

  • $204.00 per person - 2 person min. 
  • $102.00 per person thereafter 
  • 5 people max. 

*Rates based on shared UTV transportation plus one UTV for towing second boat if required.

Smart Lake - Smallmouth Bass

kids fishings in Northern OntarioA small, remote lake, a unique experience and a sure bet for exciting bass fishing. Fish are plentiful and range from 2 - 6 pounds!

  • Access: Moderately easy, slow going over rough terrain.
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck or UTV (we provide)
  • Action: minnows & worms.
  • Lunch: Packed cooler - sandwiches, drinks, dessert.

Rates for Smart Lake: 

  • $204.00 per person - 2 person min.
  • $102.00 per person thereafter using one guide
  • 5 people max. 

 Note: Access to Smart  Lake may not be possible before late June each year due to high water levels at crossing. Call for more information.

Bear Lake - Pike, Bass, Pickerel

A beautiful picturesque lake - some say the prettiest. Lots of Walleye and Northern Pike fishing-they can get big! Unlike Wicksteed, the use of artificial bait here requires different fishing techniques, but the rewards can be substantial.

  • Access: Limited, remote – seasonal access 
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck, (we provide) 20 minute walk (you provide :o)
  • Action:  Trolling, Casting, artificial baits  
  • Lunch: Packed cooler - sandwiches, drinks, dessert

Rates for Bear Lake:

  • $226.00 per person, 2 person min.
  • $113.00 per person thereafter 
  • 3 people max.
  • *Optional upgrade to shared UTV transportation add $210.00

Note: Access to Bear Lake may be limited at times due to road and bush conditions at certain times of year.  Call for more information.

 utv and atv adventuresChristian Lake – Smallmouth Bass

A small, remote and easily accessed lake chock full of “Smallies”!! A short trip by truck and you’re on the water in no time.  

  • Access: Easy
  • Requirements: 4x4 Truck (we provide)
  • Action: Trolling, Casting
  • Lunch: Packed cooler - sandwiches, drinks, dessert.

 Rates for Christian Lake:

  • $178.00 per person, 2 person min.
  • $89.00 per person there after using one guide
  • 5 people max. 

Please Note: 

1. We do limit the number of trips we can operate per week to the very remote lakes (Bear, Chico, Largo, Hangstone, Smart) so if you’re interested, please try to book well in advance so we can slot you in. All trips and transportation options are subject to availability. MRL reserves the right to combine parties into single trips.

2. All scheduled back lake trips are booked rain or shine and are cancelable only at the discretion of MRL management. If trips are cut short due to weather, full charges will apply.

3. Small children or seniors who may not be used to the rugged terrain or the long day in a boat may not enjoy Bear, Chico, Largo, Hangstone or Smart lakes.

4. We are a proponent of catch and release, preserving our fisheries for generations to come. Some remote lakes are strictly catch and release.



Sam Rose

Sam returns in 2018 for his third year at MRL. Sam has made himself an invaluable part of the MRL team, working tirelessly to study and learn our waters, hunt down new fishing holes, tracking fish behavior and marking structures in order to optimize guests’ productivity for every trip. He never tiers of fishing and is always looking for ways to change the game and improve results. It’s his passion.Sam Rose GuideSam Rose Guide fish hunt

Equally enthusiastic about our bear hunt program, Sam yearns for every minute he can spend in the bush. Weather its building new stands or repairing others, brushing new and existing trails, studying game trails and bear behavior or rethinking baiting strategies… he plays to win every time. Sam oversees and maintains a rigorous baiting protocol that produces high activity rates each season.

Two things we’ve learned about Sam – his passion for the outdoors is limitless and, don’t give him a challenge unless you’re prepared to see it through with him! 

Sam grew up in Gananoque, Ontario and was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age. He spent many years fishing local waters chasing large and smallmouth bass, pike and walleye becoming a proficient and avid angler. His intrigue and passion for the outdoors led him to also take up hunting in his youth, pursuing both large and small game including waterfowl and upland birds, deer and moose. Today he is a knowledgeable outdoorsman, equally comfortable in the bush and on the water and eager to share his experience helping others enjoy, learn and succeed in their wilderness pursuits.

Prior to joining MRL, Sam also guided successful whitetail deer and black bear hunts in northern Saskatchewan. There he attended to all aspects of hunt operations including clearing and brushing, sighting reports, baiting, transportation, tracking and retrieval and processing of game. He worked closely with hunter guests ensuring their safety, providing guidance and advice and ultimately meeting their needs for optimizing their experience and success. 

Sam has also trained and worked in the resort hospitality industry in various roles including maintenance, grounds keeping and food preparation. He possesses a strong work ethic, positive demeanor and commitment to customer service.

Needless to say, we are thrilled to have Sam back for 2018. We love him and our guests love him. Welcome back Sammy!

Sean Costello

Sean Guide at Marten River LodgeSean joins MRL for the 2018 season and we are excited to welcome him to the team. Having grown up in North Bay and area, Sean has spent most of his life in the bush and on the water…fishing and hunting many species of wildlife and developing a remarkable knowledge of the outdoors.

A true northerner at heart, Sean exudes deep passion and a feverish enthusiasm for all things outdoors. He holds nothing back and is eager to share his insights and experiences with our guests. He brings his lifetime of local, in-field expertise on area lakes and waterways, and practical awareness of the bush, wildlife and real-life accounts of northern living.

Sean’s connection with the outdoors is an honest one. Raised and tutored by his father and a close network of friends and family members with ties to the outdoors in government and the outfitting industry, he has a genuine respect for the environment and an intimate understanding of the laws and regulations that govern and protect our natural resources. He has hunted and guided large game hunts in the Koko Lake and Nipissing regions of northern Ontario, the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia and Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Sean’s fishing experience is equally diverse, gained over a decade of guiding and putting people on many species of fish in all seasons. Sean guide at Marten River Lodge

“It’s not about taking a record or who caught the largest fish or who harvests the biggest bear. It’s the friendships we make; the memories we share that last. That is priceless and what spending time outdoors is really about”, says Sean.  

Throughout his professional career, Sean has worked in various industry sectors in Ontario and Western Canada including utilities, firefighting, iron works, property management and railroad operations. He is proficient and certified in a broad range of skills from heavy equipment operation and maintenance, welding and steel fabrication, communications and transportation, to systems management. 

Combined, Sean’s skills assets and outdoors life experiences complement the high service level standards we strive to uphold at MRL in providing our guests with The Ultimate Outdoor Adventures we so proudly deliver. He joins a dedicated team committed to guests who come to MRL from around the globe to build lasting memories and experience northern Ontario the way it is meant to be lived.

Welcome to the team Sean!

Brian Dougall

Fishing guide Brian Dougall Marten River LodgeA.K.A. “The Fish Whisperer”, Brian has been guiding in the Temagami region for over 40 years and a member of our guide pool at MRL for many years. He is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable outdoorsmen in the area, having spent most of his life in Marten River, moving here with his parents when they owned and operated their own fishing camp. 

A trapper by trade, entrepreneur and multi-talented tradesman, there’s not much Brian doesn’t do. His cool and calm demeanor and dry sense of humour makes spending time with him on the water a unique and entertaining experience. Not to mention his natural ability to get you on fish! You’d swear he speaks to them!

Brian has fished just about every lake in the area and has trained others in the art and science of guiding. Few have mastered his magic touch. “Old School” in his approach, he is a champion of the back-trolling technique that is the mainstay of fishing in our northern waters and a proven method for high-volume productivity. 

Many people marvel at Brian’s simple, straight forward and unpretentious disposition. He is an honest, gentle man with real-life stories that exemplify the northern wilderness experience. With Brian, there’s no fuss, no muss…just a genuine, matter-of-fact, get-‘er-done attitude about fishing. And when the stringers are full, that says all he needs to say. 

After a successful day’s fishing and guests return to camp, Brain enjoys a beer (or six) in the garage and sharing new and old stories that captivate and inspire. He has been a friend and mentor to Marten River Lodge for many years, an active member of our community and we are grateful for his association with us. 

Here’s to another season Brian…and more great stories to come! 

Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson GuideDavey has been associated with MRL through three different owners over the past 17 years and worked as a Guide for most of that time. In fact, he played a leading role in the development of MRL’s back lake fishing and bear hunt programs which remain key drivers of the business today. The protocols and service standards he helped establish remain firmly engrained in our operations.

A proficient hunter, angler, trapper, knife maker and outdoorsman, Davey cut his way through our vast wilderness to explore and open up remote lakes in the pursuit of quality fishing experiences for MRL guests. Similarly, he combed through 150 square kilometers of our Bear Management Area to locate and construct our stands and blinds and create optimal positions for MRL’s bear hunt program. His legacy of work remains core to guest experiences today and MRL’s ongoing success as a premier lodge.

In more recent years, Davey has been part of our mentorship team and a tremendous resource to us and to a new generation of guides who have benefited from his tutelage and who now carry on the tradition of providing our guests with the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure. Though Davey now runs his own Home Inspection business, he remains a valued ally to the MRL team and occasionally guides for us when his schedule permits.

Guests who have the opportunity to venture out into the bush and on the water with Davey are in for a special treat, some great stories and a memorable day’s experience.

Main Lakes

The Beautiful Marten River Water System 

Fishing in Ontario is what Marten River is famous for and that's still what we're known for today. It should be fun, productive and exciting. We've planned our packages with this in mind and are proud to offer you comfortable, fully-equipped, quality boats and motors, all bait, gas, fish finders, live wells, landing nets, maps to where the fish are, life jackets, and safety kits. 

After all, you'll most likely spend more time on the water than anywhere else. All you need to bring is your camera, your fishing gear and some enthusiasm.  

beautiful marten river water system

Ontario Walleye Fishing

The Lake system is big and is encompassed in the Nipissing Crown Game preserve. There are a series of four lakes on about 24 km of waterway full of structure and plenty of fish. Little Marten Lake, Big Marten Lake, Bruce Lake and Mcfee Lake are all excellent choices. We’ll put you on to fish, show you the hot spots and share with you the seasonal locations where the fish are. 
Our lakes have Pickerel (Walleye), Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Perch or pan fish. With live minnows or worms included in your boat rental, you’ll find the fishing exciting and rewarding. While we encourage catch-and-release, you can also choose to catch your limit. With the equipment included above in your package, we make it easy!

Our Boats

Top-of-the Line Boat Packages 

Designed for the serious fisherman, our Pro Camp 16 FT Starcraft boats are professional grade and were ordered with you in mind. They offer room, flexibility, dependability and convenience for you and your group - very comfortably accommodating 3 adults. Paired with our 30 HP ES motors, you have plenty of power to move you and get you to the action without compromise.

Boats at Marten River Lodge

Each boat comes with:

  • 7 FT raised bow casting platform with live well and storage compartment 
  • Pedestal seats 
  • Auto-fill live well
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Running lights
  • Rod holders
  • Electric start 30 HP motors with back up pull start
  • Unlimited fuel - we keep the tank full for you
  • Landing net
  • Safety gear
  • Life jackets
  • Unlimited bait - minnows, worms