Remote Fly-Out Fishing in Ontario
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 and 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.
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 sleeps 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 Wi-Fi) 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. Enjoy appetizers and complimentary beverages each evening before you sit down to a hearty 3-course dinner in our dining room. Any special alcoholic requests can be accommodated during our pre-trip planning sessions.
The lodge can easily set up 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 or six (6) nights. The lodge can customize a package of a longer stay if requested. All fly-out trips are weather dependent 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 to choose from. 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 kayak or go on an aerial sightseeing 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. Enjoy 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 Wi-Fi/internet access in our main lodge as well as Satellite TV. They also have an emergency satellite phone and Spot GPS locators for all fly-out adventures.
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 the 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, the guests 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).
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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 the length of float, including 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. range and a 10 lb. fish is certainly a reality!
Trophy Northern Pike Fly-out Adventures for trophy northern pike on fly consists 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! Topwater 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 5 HP 4-stroke Mercury outboards. The main lake is set up with 14-16 foot Lund aluminum boats pushed on either 9.9 or 15 HP 4-stroke Yamaha outboards. Anglers are advised to bring all fishing gear, terminal tackle, and flies.
Rates and Terms
2022 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 Full Days of Fishing = $3,995.00
5 Nights / 5 Full 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.
- All accommodations at Miminiska Lodge as specified
- All guided fishing as specified in your package
- One (1) fly-out is included in each 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
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Additional 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
- Ontario Sales tax and GST’s (added to final Yellow Dog Invoice)
- Rods, reels, flies, and terminal tackle
- Laundry, and additional special services
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all Ledges Inn packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. If a reservation is cancelled outside of 90 days from the start of the trip, payments can be transferred to new dates for the following year minus a $100.00 cancellation fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. If a reservation is cancelled between 90 to 30 days prior to the start of the trip, payments can be transferred to new dates for the following year minus a $500.00 cancellation fee retained by the lodge and a $100.00 cancellation fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. If a reservation is cancelled inside of 30 days from the trip date, all payments made towards the trip will be forfeited and no credits will be issued. Because of the lodge’s no refund policy, we highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 cancellation fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Payments made towards trips cancelled by the operator due to late ice out may be carried forward towards the following year. All payments carried forward must be redeemed by the end of the following fishing season. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
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