Cedar Lake Skies

Cedar Lake Lodge in Sunset Country is home to big muskie fishing

Cedar Lake is located in Northwest Ontario, Canada in Perrault Falls, approximately 150 miles north of International Falls, MN. This horse-shoe-shaped lake is 16 miles long, encompassing 6,500 acres, and is loaded with muskies.

I have fished Cedar Lake several times, and each time I arrive I am filled with excitement. This lake has a number of muskies to keep you focused and filled with action, but also has some giants. What’s also amazing about this water is that it is like fishing in three different lakes. There are a variety of watercolours with the west section being clear, the center of the lake a bloom colour, and the eastern end tea-stained.

Last fall when we arrived to film an episode of The Musky Hunter Television Show, we had great conditions the first afternoon and evening, then were hit with a major cold front with big northwest winds and clear skies. Fortunately, we were on Cedar Lake. We fished the entire lake and were able to initially find muskies on classic weed and rock spots as the front approached. Once the skies cleared and the wind started blowing, we had to get into the bays and sift through the weeds. The muskies were tucked into the thick cover and we were able to coax them out with bucktails and topwater and make them bite with a well-executed figure 8. Plus, every evening we assured a bite right before dark!

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Bob Turgeon caught this musky on Cedar Lake executing a perfect figure 8 with his lure at boat side.

Being horseshoe-shaped Cedar really makes it fishable in almost any condition. It is probably only about 1 mile across at the widest part. We were able to find bays tucked out of the wind, or have subtle wind, which allowed the surface temperatures to be slightly warmer in the bays than in the main lake. Each afternoon, as the bays heated up, so did the muskies. This movement to shallow cover in early fall is a classic fall musky situation.

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Cedar Lake Lodge is the perfect destination for the Musky Hunter when fishing on Cedar Lake, as it’s in the heart of the musky action.

We stayed at Cedar Lake Lodge, which is an island camp with all the amenities you could imagine. It’s heavily focused on musky anglers with an incredible dock system, electric, gas, and of course really nice accommodations. Plus, the camp has its own boat ramp and it's less than a mile from the Island Camp. You can launch, unload your gear, and be musky fishing in no time!

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A beautiful fall morning from the deck of the cabin at Cedar Lake Lodge.

If you are looking for an incredible Ontario musky lake that is manageable in almost any size boat, and has lots of muskies with 54 inches swimming as well, Cedar Lake is for you. There are several lodges on the lake, but there is no question that the lodge for Musky Hunters is Cedar Lake Lodge, and they can show you where to catch them.

Contact Information

Cedar Lake Lodge
Perrault Falls, ON P0V 2K0
Phone: (807) 529-3271

About Jim Saric

Jim owns Jim Saric Outdoors, Inc., which is dedicated to elevating the sport of musky fishing to new levels by educating anglers through print, web, and television. He is the publisher, editor and owner of Musky Hunter Magazine and the Executive Producer of The Musky Hunter television series. Jim has over twenty-five years experience fishing lakes, rivers, and reservoirs from Minnesota to New York and all across Canada. He has boated more than 100 muskies exceeding 50 inches in length, the largest weighing 53 pounds.

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