An 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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Marten 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.
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 is a natural step for us.”
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.
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
Rates for Wicksteed Lake:
A 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.
Rates for Largo Lake:
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.
Rates for Chico Lake:
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.
Rates for Hangstone Lake:
*Rates based on shared UTV transportation plus one UTV for
towing second boat if required.
A small, remote lake, a unique experience and a sure bet for exciting bass fishing. Fish are plentiful and range from 2 - 6 pounds!
Rates for Smart Lake:
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.
Rates for Bear Lake:
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.
Rates for Christian
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.
After an outstanding year last year guiding the majority of over 450 individual guests’ back lake and fly-in fishing adventures, serving up some 250+ shore lunches, and a successful bear hunt program, Sam returns for 2017 more eager than ever for another busy season.
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. And despite the many “mine fields” in our lakes, he has yet to eat a prop!
Equally enthusiastic about our bear hunt program, Sam yearns for every minute he can spend in the bush. He built three new stands last year and repaired others, brushed new and existing trails and maintained a rigorous baiting protocol that delivered our highest activity rate yet.
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.
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.
Needless to say, we are thrilled to have Sam back for 2017. We love him and our guests love him. Welcome back Sammy!
Stephen is a young man with a deep passion for the outdoors, gained through his lifetime of varied wilderness experiences and education. He joins MRL as Associate Guide for 2017 and brings a contagious enthusiasm for the job.
As a former guide with the private Griffith Island Club in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Stephen developed his skills in hunting small and large game - learning to run dogs on game birds and processing harvested deer. He also worked as part of a team in maintaining grounds and facilities and attending to the needs and safety of hunter guests.
Growing up in the Ottawa Valley provided Stephen with unfettered access to the outdoors and he took full advantage of his surroundings. He is an avid and accomplished fisherman of all species and all seasons as well as a proficient hunter with rifle, bow and shotgun.
Raised under the tutelage of his grandfather, he helped manage an expansive woodlot, clearing brush, maintaining access roads, marking trees, felling, hauling and splitting wood. He attended Woodlot Conferences to broaden his knowledge and completed his Chainsaw Safety and Tree Marking certification. Stephen was also a member of the Lakehead Timber Sports Team and competed in Lindsey, Ontario.
As a certified Wilderness First Responder, Stephen completed two tours with Outward Bound Canada mentoring youth through a 21-day Flatwater Adventure in Temagami and a 7-day Winter Dog Sled Adventure. He is also a member of the McNamara Field Naturalists’ Club giving him the benefit and knowledge to interpret nature and its many wonders.
Incidentally, Stephen has a direct heritage link to MRL as he is the great grandson of George & Audrey Beach, founders and original owners of Marten River Lodge back in 1933. Clearly, the love of the outdoors runs in his veins.
As one of his former employers told us…“give Stephen a knife and he can live in a tree and survive.” We think our guests will be in good hands!
Welcome to MRL Stephen.
A.K.A. “The Fish Whisperer” 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 parent’s 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!
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.
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!
Designed for the serious fisherman, our new 16 ft Starcraft boats were ordered with you in mind. They offer room, flexibility, dependability and convenience for you and your group.