Few lakes in Ontario's Sunset Country have the reputation of Eagle Lake and with its vast size multi-species fishing opportunities, and its large number of "trophy-sized" fish, the lake has certainly earned its lofty reputation. From an angling perspective you can catch the following species:
Musky: This is the fish the lake is famous for and many anglers think Eagle is the location of the next Canadian perhaps even the next world-record fish. it's true that 50+ inch fish are relatively common occurrences on Eagle and who knows, a few over 55+ inches are indeed swimming in the depths.
Walleye: If you know what you're doing, it's relatively easy to catch your limit of walleye. The lake offers a variety of sizes from smaller "eaters" to large walleye you catch and release.
Smallmouth Bass: Located all over the lake, smallmouth bass can grow over 20 inches and exceed 5 pounds on Eagle. Pound for pound, nothing fights like a smallie!
Lake Trout: This may be a surprise to some but Eagle Lake supports a healthy population of lake trout. With its vast size, the lake has the deep basins needed to support lakers and when they're hungry, they sure bite and fight!
Northern Pike: Likely the fish you'll catch most often in Eagle, pike come in numerous sizes and in high numbers on the lake. You can find that good eating-sized pike along with fish over 40 inches so be prepared for a wild fight if you hook into one of the big fish.
Perch: You can catch jumbo perch in Eagle Lake so panfish enthusiasts coming up here to fish won't be disappointed!
Early Spring & Fall are When Fishing is Best
One of the things that lodge owner Gord Bastable noted was the high quality of the fishing in early Spring and in September when the weather is still nice but there are not as many people around. A trip in May makes sense if you're targeting lake trout that are shallow or walleye when they are very hungry and active after spawning. September is the month when the musky fishing is off the charts good and is probably your best time of year for a chance at catching a giant musky.
Expect Quality Boats & Equipment
At Vermilion Bay Lodge, things are set-up to ensure the guests have what they need and when they need it for a successful day of fishing. Another highlight of your stay is the obvious quality of the equipment they use. Rental fishing boats are available. There's the standard boat, a heavy-duty 16.5-foot Alumarine boat with 25 HP Yamaha electric-start motors and this sweet package includes a flat, non-slip bottom, comfortable swivel seats, an electronic fish locator and all gas - what a great deal that is!
The upgraded boat rental package is even better! With the upgrade package, you get the more spacious 18-foot Alumarine "resorter" boat with a 40 HP Yamaha electric-start motor giving you more power and range along with the upgraded electronic fish locator and get this, a bow-mounted Minnkota trolling motor complete with I-Pilot to make trolling and casting a piece of cake. Of course, you still get the flat, non-slip bottom, comfortable swivel seats, and all gas included!