EAGLE LAKE, ONTARIO
Eagle Lake is located in the heart of what is called “Sunset Country” in Northwest Ontario. Vermillion Bay, Ontario is a small town between the cities of Kenora and Dryden, approximately 150 miles from the International Falls, Minnesota border crossing. Vermillion Bay is on the North shore of Eagle Lake directly south of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Despite its fame with “musky hunters” and its easy access from Canada’s longest highway, Eagle Lake has the feel of a very remote lake that might be found in a more remote location. Although many cabins and cottages dot the north shore of the lake, the sheer size of the 70,000 acre, 70 mile long lake containing over 400 islands and countless bays, give the angler endless opportunities to find new fishing hotspots!
Eagle Lake consistently ranks as one of the top ten favorite lakes in the North America for Musky fishing. It is consistently rated in the top five for overall Musky size, with fish caught over 60 lbs. Another reason Eagle lake is world-famous is due to its diverse game fish species. Pike, Musky, Walleye, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout and Whitefish all inhabit the lake.
EAGLE LAKE AMMENITIES
Eagle Lake and the surrounding areas are an amazing place to visit!
The city of Dryden is only a short, twenty-five minute drive East and Kenora is approximately an hour drive West. Both these cities offer amazing shopping and tourist opportunities that are a can't miss.
The town of Vermillion Bay is located a short, ten minute drive from the camp and offers grocery, gas, coffee shops and tourist stores of shopping.
Of course there are many other towns and cities nearby for exploring and sight seeing.
You can't miss the Blue Lake Provincial Park located only twenty minutes from camp. Beautiful beaches meet pristine waters for an unforgettable experience.
EAGLE LAKE ZONES
Because of it’s size, Eagle Lake is commonly broken down into 7 segments or areas:
Cold deep crystal clear waters set in deep granite valleys with highly varying terrain. Shore varying from rocky with some sandy bays. West arm holds all species of game fish and holds two of the most well-known summer lake trout holes. Fisherman fishing the northern shores of West Arm and Vermillion will catch glimpses of the Trans-Canada highway traffic in the far distance as well as a main line railway track. Fishing on the south side, take care not to fish from April 1 to May 31 in the fish sanctuary known as One Mile Rapids and One Mile Lake area. The sanctuary is well marked.
Also houses some deep water although the Vermillion bay basin holds mainly summer walleye and less lake trout. Vermillion is also a well-known Musky area. The northern shore of Vermillion is characterized by many shallow sandy bays and inland holds many area sand and gravel pits that can be seen from the Trans-Canada highway.
Back Channel has some of the best summer and fall walleye fishing in all of & Portage Bay Eagle Lake. In addition, summer Musky troll along the shores and weed beds and are popular with anglers. Portage Bay also houses summer Lake Trout immediately off of Boat Island. The eastern shores of Portage are excellent smallmouth bass producers in the spring.
Viking Reef & Twin Islands
Viking Reef is the most well known summer and fall walleye hotspot. It is a tiny & Twin Islands reef in the middle of Nash's Bay and it is told is the reason why there is no night fishing at Eagle Lake. The reef is known for voracious night feeding walleye and often, after mid-August, boats start to gather at this spot for the day towards dusk as the days winds die down. It can host insane walleye catches.
Around Twin Islands is a combination of fantastic pike, musky along all of the shores. South of the Islands see early summer pike and musky action in the popular Eldorado, Muskeg, Meridian and Midway bays. Nash’s Bay to the north has incredible summer smallmouth action.
The main bay of water in Eagle is Eagle Bay and the NW corner is the main lake river outlet into Eagle River. While the main lake features some prominent walleye locations, the fishing for other species generally occurs either at north shore including Eagle River and Outlet Bay and at the southern edge where Eagle Bay water begins to stain at Mid Lake Bay.
The south edge of Eagle Bay is racked with islands and reefs and is a popular Basin spot for musky fishing due to the virtual un-ending reef structure and the legendary size of Muskies taken in this area. The “Coleman Reef” structure and accompanying islands next to open water house the perfect reef and cabbage weed structures to hold big fish. As you enter Mid Lake or the SE portion of the lake, the water becomes increasingly stained, hiding hundreds of unmarked reefs and rocks. The south section is a fish sanctuary and closed from April 1 to May 31 each year. The lake is incredibly shallow here with 15 feet being the deep portions. Extreme care is needed!
Fish Sanctuary ends at Bear Narrows and Osbourne Bay begins. Because the walleye tend to spawn up rivers, Osbourne Bay is a very popular spot in early spring and summer to anglers and hungry musky! Pike are also scattered throughout the shallow bays and islands. As you head south, you eventually enter Brule Narrows into Niven Bay which again is a spring fish sanctuary.