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Trophy Muskies at Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada

Muskie Fishing

Eagle Lake is legendary as the only body of water in Northwest Ontario to produce trophy muskies over 60 pounds. It is designated as a top muskie fishing lake and is home to a genetically pure strain of giant muskie. In fact, muskie as long as 60 inches have been caught here and many serious muskie hunters believe the next world record will come from Eagle Lake.

The complex structure of the lake – a series of narrows connecting many bays - has given the muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) perfect spawning grounds. The fish are able to top the scales because the lake contains countless muskie habitats and provides them with a plentiful high-calorie diet. There truly is no better place in the world to reel in giant muskies. A near 100 percent release of all fish over the average size has ensured that fish continue to grow in Eagle Lake.

Unforgettable Muskie Fishing Trips

At Andy Myers Lodge, we live and breathe fishing. Although muskies are commonly known as the fish of 10,000 casts, our professional guide services will keep you on fish no matter what the time of year or weather conditions. The majority of our guides have grown up fishing Eagle Lake since early childhood. Their knowledge of the lake and their techniques are unsurpassed. The guide staff is equipped with spacious, comfortable boats, and the shore lunch will give you that true Canadian fishing experience.

Our reputation for fishing excellence brings anglers from all across the US, Canada, and around the world!

Muskie Fishing Season

The season opens on June 3rd and progresses through mid-to-late July. During this period muskies are generally found in shallow weed beds, shallow rocky points, bars, or in saddles between islands and points.

As the water temperatures of the shallower waters rise throughout August and early September, you can find muskie lounging in their earlier habitats. They can also be found in reefs, deeper humps, and weed beds that are close to the main lake basin.

Late fall produces some of the fattest fish caught all year long. Some of the biggest muskies in Eagle Lake’s history have been caught during this time of the year. The Fall Trophy Muskie Hunt takes place in October. At this point of the season, muskies are most likely to be found in rock reefs, island clusters, near steep walls, strong current areas, and points near or on the edge of the main lake basin.

Muskie Fishing Pro-Tips

Muskie Fishing PhotoMuskies are at the top of the food chain on Eagle Lake, but like any other fish, they follow patterns and trends. These giants have little or nothing to fear and no issue eating what they want. Although they don’t want to work too hard for their food, they will often follow a potential meal for a long time before eating it. This includes even your most expensive bait!

Due to the large average size of lures, presentations, and the hundreds of times a day you will cast. Proper equipment is required for correct presentation, ease of use, reduced fatigue, fighting quickly, and subduing large fish. There are many lengths and actions to go along with the many styles and sizes of baits. Our all-around first choice for one all season outfit would be an 8’6” heavy fast action rod like the St Croix Premier, Mojo, Legend Tournament, or Elite. A 50 or 60 series reel like the Abu NaCl, Abu Beast, Shimano Calcutta B, D, or Conquest would be ideal. They should have a power handle and filled to the top of the spool with 80-pound Seagur Threadlock braid or Berkley’s Fireline braid, and a 100-130 pound 18” Stealth Tackle Fluorocarbon leader.

Earlier in the season and when using smaller baits, a medium-heavy with 65 pounds might be a better option. For burning big blades, like #10-13, pitching the biggest rubber, and jerking big minnow baits. A 9’ XXH with 100 pounds is used by many. For trolling and live bait, specialized action, and line counter reels can be used. However, our recommendations will work consistently for most fishermen.

For bait selection from the season’s opener through early September, blades are tough to beat. There is an assortment of sizes from #8-#10, in both double and single blade configurations. Recommended colors are silver, black, chrome, and chart. Choose those with dark tails and matching highlights in gold, copper with gold, brown, or yellow. Topwater choices are many, but a zig-zag topwater like the Doc or One Eye and a tail spinner like the Pacemaker or Top Raider will do the trick. For jerkbaits, it’s tough to beat a 10” Suick in Firetiger in walleye or black paired with a Phantom Soft Tail in hot perch. For crankbaits, a jointed perch Depth Raider, walleye colored Triple D, and Gramas or Jakes in Tennesse shad, gold foil, or hot perch are excellent choices. Minnow baits in 7-8” like Slammers and Big Game in natural perch, sucker, and walleye patterns will be effective. Rubber baits like the Bull Dawg, Big Joe, and Medussa in black, cisco, and walleye are also good choices. For fall, trolling Jakes, Gramas, Musky Train MX, Headlocks, Depth Raiders, Believers, and Legends are great options.

Generally, hues of white, perch, brown, yellow, or gold baitfish should be your staples. There are countless options and colors to choose from when it comes to musky baits. Following these recommendations will give you the tools you need to fish different structures, depths, and seasons efficiently. If there are baits you have been successful with elsewhere and you have confidence in them, bring them along! Angler confidence is key. If you can’t get any action using one of those, you probably aren’t going to. Now, all you need to do is put them in front of a hungry muskie! This is ultimately the most important thing; that and taking good pictures of course!

Pro anglers always catch-and-release these monsters. Eagle Lake is one of the first lakes in Ontario to implement the “under 54-inch” catch-&-release rule. This means virtually every muskie caught in the last 15 years has been released. So take a picture, release the fish and get a replica made – it’s the reason why the next muskie caught on Eagle Lake may be the jewel in the crown!

Book Your Trip to Andy Myers Lodge Today!

Packages at Andy Myers Lodge can go fast, especially during peak muskie season, so make sure you book your stay with us as soon as possible.

Bass, Walleye & Musky Opener

Tony & Joe Puccio & The Bait Rigs Team,

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Walleye tournament pros, championship qualifier, only angler to be Sportsman of the Year, in both pro walleye circuits, tackle designer and fishing instructors.

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Trophy Musky Week

You'll be alongside the fishing professional Spence Petros. Big fish and good times are guaranteed.

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Spence has over 35 years of experience on all sections of Eagle Lake. He is a multi-species expert, field editor, University of Esox instructor, frequent guest on many TV shows. One of the original founding fathers of many of the concepts that shape/structure/pattern fishing and techniques as we know it today.

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Musky & Walleye Week

Featuring Rob Manthei.

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One of the best tournament anglers, guides, educators, writers and TV personalities in the business. Multi-tournament winner and MWC team of the year. Rob has been part of the AML pro instructors staff for 12+ years.

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Trophy Musky Week 2

Featuring Pete Maina.

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Pete Maina is North America’s number one authority on muskie and pike fishing. He is an entrepreneur, an accomplished author, photographer, and speaker. Pete also hosts of The Next Bite TV on Versus, airing its 7th season, and will be filming at AML.

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Walleye, Musky & Bass Week

Featuring John Gillespie & Pete Maina.

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One of the nation’s most popular TV hosts will be filming the exciting TV Series Waters & Woods. John’s enthusiasm and passion for the sport are unmatched in the fishing industry!

Pete Maina is North America’s number one authority on muskie and pike fishing. He is an entrepreneur, an accomplished author, photographer, and speaker.

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Multi-Species Week

Featuring Ron Barefield & John Stone.

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40 years experience as one of the top tournament pros and instructors in the mid-west. Multi-Species expert and of the top educators in the country. Outdoor writer, TV personality, and seminar speaker.

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Fall Trophy Musky Hunt

5 exciting weeks with Steve Herbeck, and the AML Pro Staff. History has proven this to be THE TROPHY TIME on Eagle Lake. September 29 - November 3

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This period has produced 62 muskies over 40 lbs. in the 1994 – 2016 seasons!
Learn late fall trolling, live bait and casting techniques from the pros and how to apply them on WORLD RECORD potential water.

FREE Ron Lax Reproduction for large released fish during this time period.

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Package Upgrade

PLEASE NOTE: PACKAGES 1 - 5 can be upgraded with an 18 ft. Lund Boat, New Yamaha 50HP 4 Stroke motor, locator, live well, padded swivel seats, casting deck with Bow mount trolling motor and storage compartments.

Details :

  • Single Pro-Staff Guide dates available upon request at current rate.
  • Any number of days may be pro-rated to fit your schedule and a package tailor made for you.
  • Also, kids under 5 come for free, kids under 10 get 50% off, and kids under 16 get 30% off.
  • All prices are quoted in USD.
  • Special rates available for larger groups!
  • Bring your own boat and enjoy free boat dockage, staff services, electric hookup, remote lake boat use all at no charge.

Plan Rates :

  • $325.00 USD
    Per week, per boat
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Fly-Ins

DAILY FLY-INS to one of over 28 Remote Lakes

Details :

Experience a mid-week fly-in for a change of pace and adventure. Get picked up after an early breakfast by experienced pilots and fly in a Beaver or Otter 30 to 70 miles to your own lake for the day. Lakes will have boats, motors, gas. You will be briefed and outfitted with detailed maps, and all equipment needed. You will be back in the comfort of your cabin and the lodge for supper. Walleyes, pike, bass, trout, muskies, just let us know what you want to fish for and we’ll get you there!

Plan Rates :

  • $285.00 – $325.00 USD
    per person
    (dependent on distance and # of guests flying)
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Check-In and Deposits

Saturday Check-In: 3 PM or Later 4-5 day packages: Check-In Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Details :

  • All prices in USD.
  • Taxes are extra, 1/2 refundable.
  • No refunds for early departures.
  • Gas and bait allocated in packages are deducted from all usage including guide dates.
  • Guests are responsible for damage to boats, motors, and equipment – optional insurance policy available.
  • $200.00 USD deposit per person, per reservation.
  • $50.00 USD deposit for Guide Dates and Fly-Ins.
  • $600.00 USD deposit per person for Hunts, $1000 USD by August 1st with the balance due upon arrival.
  • Deposits are non-refundable and may be used at a later date of the same season or transferred to new party booking of the same season. Deposit may be transferred to following year if we can rebook your previous booking.

We reserve the right to add surcharges due to dramatic increases in supply prices or exchange rates.

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(Personal Checks accepted upon prior arrangement)

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