Sunset Country is certainly well-known within the fishing community and for good reason. For almost 100 years, people have been traveling hundreds, and for some thousands, of miles to get here just so they can experience our freshwater fishing. When you travel that far to go fishing, the quality of the experience needs to be top-notch and in that regard, Sunset Country always delivers.
What makes people pack up all their fishing gear and hop in a vehicle with their friends or family and drive across several states or provinces just to fish here? Well, that's a good question and one that there is probably no right set of answers to. People do things for different reasons so that has to be considered when exploring the "why" behind the decisions people make. That aside, after talking to people over the phone about their trips for the past 20+ years, these are the top five reasons "why" that we hear from people, often from very excited people, who can't wait to get here.
Enjoy freshly caught walleye for your shore lunch
Reason 1: Getting Away From It All
More often than not, the fundamental reason so many anglers travel here is to get away from it all. To them, Sunset Country is "God's Country" where things are the way they were before people were around, and the fact that people are still not around today is the thing that really makes all the difference to them. We offer you a true wilderness experience and there are no crowds on the water in Sunset Country!
Open spaces, vast waters to fish, and no people!
Reason 2: Big Fish
This making the list will come as no surprise to most people reading this article. Long-known as a trophy fish destination, Sunset Country gives every angler, old and young, the opportunity for that "fish of a lifetime". Be it trophy muskie, pike or lake trout, walleye over 10 pounds, or a 6-pound smallmouth, your chances of landing the big one are good to excellent. In some cases, you may even catch two fish of a lifetime while visiting, it's certainly possible! It's also a big reason people visit here year after year.
Trophy pike can be found in many lakes across Sunset Country
Reason 3: The Scenery
Many of the people we speak to each year tell us that the scenery, in addition to the quality of the fishing, is a big reason they visit Sunset Country. If you want to visit a place that still pretty much looks like it looked before European settlers came to North America, then Sunset Country is one of those places. Covering 60,000 square miles and dotted with 70,000 lakes, rivers, and streams, not much changes up here from year to year. There are more lakes than people in Sunset Country and the Boreal forest is home to many animal and bird species you won't see anywhere else, at least, not in the numbers you see here. Jagged granite outcrops are the dominant feature and the sunsets over the lakes are jaw-dropping.
What a view! Image courtesy of Lindner Media
Reason 4: Having a Lake All to Yourself
We are not kidding when we say you can rent your own lake for a week in Ontario's Sunset Country. When you do a fly-in trip to a remote outpost that is the only development on the lake you're the only people there. Flying into your outpost is part of the excitement of one of these trips but once you arrive and get out in the boat for the first time, the feeling that you can go anywhere on the lake you are fishing and never see anyone else for the time you are there is truly a feeling unlike any other you'll have experienced before. It's definitely one of those trips any serious angler should have on the bucket list.