Fishing in Chapleau

This drive-to fishing resort in Chapleau is a perfect Northern Ontario angling vacation. Come with family and friends and enjoy this lakefront getaway.

Road trips are just plain fun.

Fishing road trips are even better when you’re as addicted to actually catching as I am. A memorable road trip to Chapleau, Ontario in September fulfilled all of my expectations. This small town is located in Northern Ontario’s Algoma Country—a region renowned for its pristine angling opportunities, a wide variety of species with virtually no angling pressure whatsoever, and plenty of lakes to fish. 

aerial view chapleau lodge borden lake

Our trip included a stay with the nice folks at Chapleau Lodge, who offered us the full American food plan and a spacious, comfortable cabin that overlooked the lake with our own private dock that had electricity provided to keep our boat's battery system fully charged throughout the entire stay. Nothing quite like getting up to go fishing each morning and simply walking down to the dock, starting up the boat and heading down the lake—my kind of fishing.

chapleau lodge docks and boats

Chapleau Lodge: accessible lakes and trails plus amazing hospitality 

Chapleau Lodge is located on Borden Lake, a 12-mile-long lake within the Arctic watershed that has water depths of 200 feet as well as 80 islands, which attract a lot of fish. This lake and the neighbouring lakes offer trophy walleye, pike, lake trout, brook trout, and bass fishing at their best.

The lodge is in the pristine north with thousands of miles of ATV trails that start at Sault Ste. Marie and go right past the driveway. For those who bring or ride their bikes to the lodge, ATV overnights are welcome.

chapleau lodge cottage exterior

The lodge has a variety of upgraded, clean cabins, motel units and a large pool overlooking the lake and offers guests different housekeeping or American plans for meals in the main lodge. We accepted the American Plan Package where every day we enjoyed a full breakfast and lunch with a delicious hot dinner waiting for us after a day of fishing.

chapleau lodge cottage interior

This lodge knows how to treat its customers.

They also have a sauna, a fully-licensed dining room, a high-speed Internet connection in the main lodge, and canoes for the whole family to enjoy. There's also a small tackle shop with gas, snacks and other products you may have forgotten along the way to the lodge.

chapleau lodge pool

Guests enjoy seeing Ontario wildlife as the lodge is located next to the world's biggest game preserve. Visitors can enjoy spotting bears, moose, wolves, bald eagles, loons, and of course, trophy fish.

Their goal is to offer everyone the opportunity to have the best vacation possible and their staff will see to it. For me, a successful vacation means fishing. Luckily, I was in the right place. My staycation at Chapleau Lodge included some quality time chasing both smallmouth bass and the ever-popular walleye of Borden lake.

chapleau lodge cabin interior

fishing on borden lake

Our arrival date coincided with cooler-than-average temperatures that dropped the water temps to the mid-50 degree range and pushed a lot of the clear water species to the lake's deeper haunts but that did not stop them from biting, it only took a little more effort with the aid of my boat electronics to locate the bigger bass and ganged up schools of walleye. Once located, it was game on for both the bass and walleye.

I fished for smallmouth with a variety of soft artificial baits including three-inch minnow baits, deep diving jerk baits and tube jigs. With the abundant natural rock structure available throughout the lake, it is not hard to find places where smallmouth bass like to roam and eat.

Islands, shoals, long tapering points, reefs, you name it, this lake has it and the easiest part is most of the bass-holding structure is very visible and easy to locate. This is not a hard lake to fish for bass, they are virtually everywhere.

After catching some very thick smallmouth the first day, I decided to explore my options of catching some tasty walleye on the deeper shoals and reefs with one-quarter ounce ball head jigs in bright chartreuse with live nightcrawlers, bouncing my bait slowly off the bottom directly below my boat in depths ranging from seventeen to 30-plus feet.

extreme angler karl kalonka smallmouth bass fishing

On several occasions while vertical jigging on the deep reefs, once the walleyes were located, I can honestly say that I may have caught and released the entire school of fish below my boat, as my jig and worm presentation reached the bottom on each drop, I instantly had another walleye engulf my jig and crawler, yes, it was that good!

I kept three nice thick walleyes for our lunch and carefully released all the other fish to fight another day.

Plan your trip to chapleau lodge

The time is now to start exploring your next angling vacation with family or friends, consider the beautiful wilderness surroundings of Chapleau Lodge in Ontario’s Algoma Country, it truly is that good. Don't hesitate to contact the friendly owner and book what will be a very memorable vacation, on the lake of many fish. 

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Call: John Pegg Summer Phone: (705) 864-1283 Alternate: (519) 358-2170

About Karl Kalonka

It's possible Karl's love for fishing began as early as the age of five. His parents took the kids on weekend trips across Ontario fishing for panfish, catfish, and bass. "I started with a bobber and worm from the time I was five years old," says Karl. These days, he has the enviable task of doing what he loves for a living, travelling across Ontario fishing, filming and producing two outdoor series, Extreme Angler and Crappie Angler TV.

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