Trip Overview 

Located 235 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Miminiska Lodge sits on a natural spit in the widening of the famous Albany River in Canada’s Arctic watershed.  Here, there aren’t any roads. Access is by floatplane or private jet only.  Here, enjoy the whole lake; Miminiska is the only lodge for miles.  Welcome to the land of giants, where brook trout, northern pike and walleye all await you. Our fly-out fishing program offers anglers access to rivers and lakes that rarely see anyone throughout the season, some don’t see people for years.  Fly fishing packages encompass daylong floats or overnight adventures for big boorish brook trout, and fly-out adventures to backcountry lakes in search of trophy northern pike. Four and six night adventures are offered, all based out of Miminiska Lodge.

Destination Quick Facts 

LOCATION:  Miminiska Lodge is located 235 miles northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada. The lodge is situated on Miminiska Lake, a natural widening of the Albany River which finds it’s headwaters at Lake St. Joseph and empties into Canada’s Arctic watershed of James Bay.

SEASON:  Last Saturday in May through to the middle of September

CAPACITY:  Miminiska Lodge Fly-out adventures can host four (4) anglers at a time. The Lodge has capacity for twenty-four (24) anglers (main lake only)

TARGET SPECIES:  Brook trout, northern pike and walleye

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Canada. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the lodge

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Miminiska Lodge is a full service lodge with all the amenities for the utmost in luxurious comfort in Canada’s north.  The lodge hosts main lake anglers as well as our fly-out guests.  Accommodations at the lodge consist of 3 personal cabins (each sleep 4) as well as 3 chalets (each sleep 8-12) All cabins offer 24 hour power, hot and cold running water, 3 piece indoor restrooms, wood burning fireplaces, linens and towels.  Our well-appointed main lodge consists of a games room, meeting room, living room (with satellite TV and WiFi) bar and dining room.  It’s a wonderful atmosphere to relax, enjoy a cocktail and reminisce about the day’s catch and experience!

Food and Beverages
Miminiska lodge offers superb dining with hot breakfast and  packed lunch or freshly prepared shore lunch made to order, and a hearty 3-course dinner in our dining room.  Enjoy appetizers and complimentary beverages each evening before you sit down.  Any special alcoholic requests can be accommodated during our pre-trip planning sessions.

The lodge can easily setup a daily shore lunch at Shore Lunch Island on the main lake if desired consisting of freshly caught walleye cooked cast iron style over an open fire. The shore lunch is incredible and highly recommended for at least one day during a package!

Typical Length of Stay
Packages at Miminiska lodge can be either four (4) nights with four (4) days of guided fishing or six (6) nights with six (6) days of guided fishing. The lodge can customize a package of a longer stay if requested. All fly out trips are weather dependant and offered as an add-on to the base package rate.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Miminiska Lodge is a wonderful location for other outdoor activities as well.  Bird watchers, hikers, eco-hunters (wildlife photographers) and water sport enthusiasts have a wide variety of guided or non-guided adventures at hand.  Take the family and explore the region by canoe, or standup paddleboard.  Learn ancient Ojibway customs from locals and visit culturally significant sites steeped in Canadian history.  Stealthily glide toward unsuspecting moose or caribou in a kayaks or go on an aerial sight-seeing adventure in our De Havilland Beaver.  Throw a dart on a map and land on your own personal lake for a picnic before you tour back to the lodge.  Have a wood burning sauna, take a swim or simply lounge on the beach and finish your book. Miminiska Lodge isn’t just about fishing and can easily accommodate anglers and non-anglers alike.

Internet / Communications
Miminiska Lodge offers free wifi/internet access in our main lodge as well as Satellite TV.  We also have an emergency satellite phone and Spot GPS locators for all our fly-out adventures.

FISHING

General Information
Miminiska Lake is an enormous piece of water with countless bays and inlets teeming with a robust population of northern pike and walleye. Fishing on the main lake is typically done out of 14 - 15 ft. Lund boats equipped with rod holders and plenty of storage for gear. The size of the lake is such that boat runs to the fishing can be 5 minutes or up to 1 hour! Guests can elect to take a full day run to either Snake Falls or Miminiska Falls, and can also decide to stay within striking distance of the lodge for a shorter day or lunch in the main lodge. 

Brook Trout – World Class Fly-out Fly Fishing Adventures for world class brook trout are fly-fishing only, single barbless flies with a catch and release philosophy.  The lodge offers a variety of adventures to suit any level of experience.  14’ and 15’ NRS expedition rafts or inflatable drift boats ensure you and your angling partner travel in the utmost of comfort as you’re guided from pool to pool and run to run in search of trophy brookies!  Trips can be totally customized for length of float; full day and/or overnight adventures.  Different rivers offer different experiences; from wide-open big river opportunities to smaller technical brook trout tributaries.  Average brook trout are typically in the 2-3 lb. rang and a 10 lb. fish is certainly a reality!

Trophy Northern Pike Fly-out Adventures for trophy northern pike on fly consist of a daylong exploration of floatplane accessible pike lakes.  The local Ojibway guides willingly pass down generations of knowledge of the area to put you in the position to potentially hook and release world-class pike in the 40-50 inch range! Many of the pike lakes see under a dozen anglers per season and a few see no one! Top water or sub-surface, these pike are voracious adversaries on a fly and they are plentiful!  

Boats and Equipment Required
Most of the fly-out adventures are guided in 14-15’ NRS expedition rafts or inflatable drift boats complete with anchors and dry compartments and coolers. For longer less-fishable river stretches, each raft is equipped with 5hp 4-stroke Mercury outboards. The main lake is set up with 14-16 foot Lund aluminum boats pushed an either 9.9 or 15hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboards.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
All guests visiting with Miminiska Lodge will need to make their way to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Daily flights are available into Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT).

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests will need to arrive the day before arriving at the lodge and overnight in Thunder Bay. Yellow Dog can assist with overnight accommodations if needed. For departing flights from Thunder Bay it is very important to schedule those flights for AFTER 12:00 PM, in the event of weather delays.

On the morning of arrival, guests will depart Thunder Bay via chartered jet from Thunder Bay airport as early as 8:00 AM, depending on weather. The flight to the Miminiska Lodge takes one (1) hour from Thunder Bay to the lodges 2500’ remote grass runway. Upon arrival at the lodge you will be shown to your room and given a brief overview of the lodge property. After dropping your bags, guest will meet their guide and head out for a full day of fishing!

On departure, luggage will be delivered to the runway by 8:30 AM and guests are typically back in Thunder Bay by 11:00 AM to catch departing flights home (safety and weather permitting of course).

Documents Required
A passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Canada. Anglers can purchase fishing licenses for Great Bear Lake and the Tree River onsite.

A Note on Drunk Driving or Other Criminal Record
Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Always remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy in the room and sharing a guide. All prices below are quoted in US dollars (USD). Please Contact Yellow Dog for additional details and custom package pricing including fly-outs.

4 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $3,995.00
6 Nights / 6 Days of Fishing = $4,995.00

Fly-outs and overnight camps range from $500 - $2000, depending on group size and location. All fly-outs are dependent on safety and weather.

What's Included:

  • All accommodations at Miminiska Lodge as specified
  • All guided fishing as specified in your package
  • Round trip air charter to and from Miminiska Lodge and Thunder Bay, ON
  • Three meals per day
  • Daily shore lunch if requested (main lake only)
  • All non-alcoholic beverages and happy hour drink
  • Use of onsite canoes and standup paddleboards
  • Ontario fishing license
  • All applicable GST’s

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Fly-outs and overnight camps (contact Yellow Dog for details and pricing)
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab in addition to happy hour drink
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Rods, reels, flies, and terminal tackle
  • Laundry, and additional special services
OTHER INFO

The Wilderness North and Miminiska Lodge Story
It all started in 1960 when Wilderness North founder John J. Mark, an aviation enthusiast and air force veteran, first came to Canada from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Arriving in his own planes, John, affectionately known as Jack, quickly developed a fascination with the wide open space that is Northern Ontario.

Over the next 30 years of flying in for his own fixes of the North, Jack made a decision, this part of the world was to be shared, and in 1990 he purchased his first outpost cabin and Wilderness North was born. Through it all Jack had a clear vision – to open up the great Canadian wilderness to everyone who shared his passion for Canada and the wilderness.

Client Testimonials
"I've fished all over the world - from minnows to great whites, I've been lucky enough to catch most of the world's sport fish species. The brook trout experience offered by Miminiska Lodge is right up there with the best trips I've experienced. Genuine wild fish from remote, wild places - this stuff is the real deal. And all on the fly too! I simply adore fly fishing for brook trout and Wilderness North have added value by combining float planes and canoes that allow you to penetrate remote habitats containing virgin fish. The guiding I enjoyed was first rate too - all in all a five star experience for fly fishing junkies!"
- Matt Hayes (Norway) 

“The brook trout fishery at Miminiska lodge is truly world class.  Consistent shots at trophy fish in an otherwise pristine setting.  The tributaries of the Albany River teem with big brook trout, couple that with local native Ojibway guides, hundreds of miles from civilization, you truly embark on a unique fly-out adventure in Canada’s Arctic watershed.  I continue to return to Miminiska Lodge and often dream of the fish I’ve caught and released there.”
- Mark M. (Toronto, ON)