Lake St. Joseph: It's not easy to get to but it’s my idea of real Canadian wilderness. It’s unique, relatively treacherous to navigate and full of fish. Stretching over 90 miles long, it's too big to figure out in a lifetime of fishing, and these are the types of places I like to guide. There is consistency in the quality of the experience but for the die-hard angler, the draw is the consistency in the fishing. The true value for me is the unknown - every day is epic when you plan accordingly.
The daily challenge is not just to find fish, but to find the best fishing possible under the conditions you're given. Mother nature often has a say in the plans throughout this region but that just adds to the experience. Nonetheless, shaking hands after a big one is released, and losing count of the fish you’re catching is just tradition here.
The lake is remote and pristine, the underwater cabbage beds grow slightly different every year, and it’s a flooded river system. I think that’s why I love it so much; the baitfish roll with currents like a snake, piling walleye and bait populations up to the point where, when you find a good spot, your depth finder will show you images that make you think it’s broken. There’s not enough time in the day to fish everywhere, so the daily plan is narrowed down from thousands of options to whatever your instincts are telling when you leave the dock every morning. It’s one hell of a thrill, really. For a guide with an intense passion for fishing, it doesn't get any better. View the detailed maps of Lake St. Joseph to see all your fishing options.