fishing

Plan Your Trip

What You Need to Know to Cross the Border

Right now, visitors to Canada must have to have proof of two doses of an mRNA covid vaccine or one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  This information will also need to be uploaded onto the ArriveCAN app or ArriveCAN website that can be found here.

  • Be sure that you have the latest ArriveCAN app downloaded in order to avoid entering unnecessary information.
  • When entering our address as your destination, be sure to enter the postal code as alternating letter/number/letter  number/letter/number.  P0V 2M0 (those are both zeros).
  • Make sure all info is entered and finalized into the ArriveCAN app or website BEFORE you cross the border to avoid any problems.
  • You are required to carry original copies of your vaccination record.  Border officers may ask to see these documents
  • To cross the border, you must be free of any Covid signs or symptoms.

Covid testing is no longer required in order to cross the border, however, you may still be selected for randomized testing (this will be at no cost to you).

For more information on requirements to cross the border, please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions

 

Clothing and Equipment Checklist

The following is a list of suggested items to bring for a successful fishing trip in Canada.

General Packing List

  • soap, shampoo & toiletries
  • clothing and personal items (layers are best)
  • rain suit
  • rain boots
  • camera, film & batteries
  • fishing rods and reels
  • well equipped tackle box (especially jigs)
  • small first aid kit
  • charcoal  and lighter fluid for grill
  • sunscreen
  • bug repellent
  • wide brimed hat
  • fillet knife and sharpener
  • pliers
  • groceries

You may also want to bring (but it is not necessary…)

  • GPS
  • Cellular phone
  • fish scale
  • golf clubs and balls
  • polarized sunglasses
  • tasty malted beverages
  • dog biscuits for camp mutt

Fishing  Tackle List

(What we recommend)

Walleye

  • Ultra light to Medium action rod
  • 6 to 12 lb test line
  • 1/8 oz to 3/4 oz jigs of assorted colors
  • lindy rigs
  • bottom bouncers

Northern Pike

  • Medium to Heavy action rod
  • 20 to 60 lb test line
  • quality leaders
  • various baits

Lee’s Top Picks

  • Johnson Silver Minnow
  • Suicks
  • Rattle Trap

Camp recipes for Great Walleye and Northern Dishes

Recipe Title Recipe Instructions
Fish Tomatoes and Onions on the grill
Serves 2-3 ppl

  • 4 small fish filleted
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1 Tbs
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste
  • Garlic cloves – 2
  • Tomatoes – 4
  • Onions – 2
  1. About 2 hours before hand, place oil, salt and pepper, minced garlic in a bowl and add the fish fillets.  Mix around until all the fillets get coated.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and onions in large pieces and place in the same bowl as fish and coat with mixture, add more olive oil if needed.
  3. Get your grill really hot and place onions on grill.  About 5 minutes. later flip onions and put the tomatoes and fish on the grill.  Let cook for about 8-10 minutes until the fish flakes easily.  Carefully lift fillets off grill and serve meal immediately.
Best Shore lunch fish
Serves 2-3 ppl

  • 4 small fish filleted
  • eggs – 2
  • Hot sauce – to taste     (preferably Franks Red Hot or Challoula)
  • Cornflake Crumbs – 1/2 box
  • Shore Lunch brand breading – 1/2 box (small box)
  • garlic powder – about 1/2 Tsp
  • Paprika – about 1/2 Tsp
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 large Zip Lock Bags
  1. Place fillets in 1 zip lock with eggs and hot sauce.  Make sure all the fish gets coated.
  2. Put the rest of the ingredients in the 2nd zip lock and shake to mix.
  3. After fillets are coated in egg mixture, place in breading bag a couple of fillets at a time and shake.
  4. When oil is hot (test by dipping corner of fillet in oil, if it sizzles it is ready) Place fillets in hot oil, try not to touch them together.
  5. Fish is done when golden brown, only about 4-6 minutes.
Beer batter fish
Serves 2-3 ppl. Warning:  Excessive drinking of Labatt Blue may occur

  • 4 small fish filleted
  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • sugar – 1 tsp
  • egg – 1
  • Beer – 1/2  (Drink other half while making recipe.) (please make sure to use only delicious Labatts Blue for best results)
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste
  1. In a bowl mix dry ingredients well.
  2. In another bowl mix egg and beer
  3. Open another delicious Labatts Blue and drink responsibly
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until smooth.  (This mixing process may be strenuous and time consuming so you may want to crack open another Blue during this process.)
  5. Place fillets in the bowl and coat all.
  6. Go to fridge and take out a couple more Labatts since this next process will take a little while.
  7. Fry fillets in about 1 inch of oil in a frying pan until golden brown.
  8. Shew away passer-bys that may want to steal a piece of your golden brown fish or delicious Labatts Blue.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste directly after fillets come out of hot oil.
  10. Please make sure to turn off heating element or outdoor cooker after fish is all cooked since by the time you drink responsible for this process it may slip your mind.
Creamy Fish Casserole
Serves 2-4 ppl

  • Onion – 1
  • Milk – 1 1/2 cups
  • Flour – 1 Tsp
  • Butter – 1 Tbs
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste
  • Nutmeg – pinch
  • 4 small fish filleted
  • corn – 1/2 cup
  • peas – 1/2 cup
  • carrots – 1/2 cup
  • Bread crumbs – 1/4 cup
  • shredded cheese – 1 cup
  1. In boiling water place vegetables and cook for about five minutes.
  2. Chop onion and cook  in frying pan with butter until transparent.
  3. Add flour, Salt and Pepper and Nutmeg and stir.
  4. Add milk to onion mixture all at once and stir until thickened
  5. Add vegetables, fish fillets and bread crumbs.
  6. Place in casserole dish and top with cheese.  Bake @ 375 for approx. 20 minutes.
Baked Northern

This recipe is so easy and quick to put together.  The hardest part is smelling the awesome aroma of the fish baking for 1 and a half hours while your mouth waters.

  •  One whole 24-27 inch northern, cut head off and guts out.
  • 1 package chicken stove top stuffing
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 2tablespoons of butter
  1. Cook stove top stuffing as the box recommends.
  2. Pack the inside of the Northern with the stuffing.
  3. Lay out a couple of sheets of heavy tin foil and spread the butter and garlic on the tin foil
  4. Wrap the Stuffed Northern in the tin foil and make sure it is tightly sealed
  5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and a half

When the fish is done the skin and bones will peel off and out

It is really good with ritz crackers. We usually eat it as an appetizer.

Northern Kiev

I dreamt about this recipe for a year before I actually tried it since when I do get a little time to get out fishing which is not very often I am either looking for walleye for supper or casting giant lures looking for gators.  Finally this winter I caught a couple of 25 inch Northerns through the ice to try this recipe. It’s a variation of Chicken Kiev, just with a different meat.

Recipe is for 2 people

  • 1 24-27 inch Northern, filleted with y-bones removed (each fillet must be in 1 piece with no holes through fillets)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • oil for frying
  1. In a bowl mix softened butter, Garlic, Parsley and Pepper.
  2. Lay out northern fillet with the side you took the skin off down.
  3. In the crevice that you removed the y-bones pack the butter mixture in.
  4. Roll up the fillet length wise so you have a long roll.
  5. Cut roll in three pieces and coat each piece in the flour.
  6. Mix eggs and hot sauce and coat the pieces in that
  7. Mix bread crumbs, corn flake crumbs, garlic salt and cayenne and then dip the pieces in that, make sure all the pieces are well coated
  8. Fry pieces, making sure to turn frequently to brown them evenly
  9. Once the pieces are browned evenly they will not be cooked throughout and will need to be placed in a pre heated 350 oven for about 15-20 mins.
  10. Let cool for about 10 mins before you eat.
San Francisco Fish Stew
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped onion
  • 1/4 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 -16 oz can tomatoes
  • 1 -6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 -8 oz can clam juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small bay leaf, 1/2 taspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs fish
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Heat oil in Dutch oven over moderately low heat.  Add garlic, onion and green pepper and cook about 5 min. or until tender.  Add mushrooms, tomato paste, clam juice, lemon juice, bay leaf, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper.  Cook uncovered 20 mins, stirring occasionally.  Add fish to tomato mixture and cook 15-20 mins. Until fish flakes easily.  Stir in wine just before serving.