Me and a group of father's and son's started heading to visit Art Latto and his wife Karen at Art Latto's Wilderness Cabins about 16 years ago. About a 9 hour drive from Minneapolis to float planes...it is a committment, but well worth the trip. If you go fishing in NW Ontario to see 5 star service, breakfast in bed, and a swim-up bar... look elswhere. Latto's in known for fishing in beautiful surroundings for a reasonable price. You can't find a fly-in that gives you more fish per dollar spent. It's a short float plane ride starting just north of Savant Lake, Ontario. There are days when multiple boats catch more than 200 walleyes in a day. Art & Karen's son Jake & new wife Holly now run the place and the air service is outsourced. Latto's have two lakes, and each of them has only one camp on the lake....Latto's. If you see a boat... it's a member of your party. Churchill is roughly 20 miles long and provides endless nooks, crannies, islands and bays to explore while staying sheltered on windy days. The fishing is phenomenal and you will never explore the entire lake. St. Rafael is a little smaller but the fishing is extraordinary.
Latto's can accomodate large parties. Our group of 16 or so has tried other outfits such as Allanwater- (train-in), and Rusty Meyers- (Fly-in) and we keep coming back to Latto's because no matter your fishing ability or age...you'll catch so many fish your wrists will fall off.
The Pike are aggressive and although I wouldn't call it a trophy Pike lake, they get pretty big and aren't shy. Each trip we catch a number of Pike over 40" (by accident). The walleyes are plentiful in the 18-22 range but there are many days when we find big pockets of 23-25"...the largest yet is 28.5" but that is rare.
If you are looking to get started on fly-in's... you might want to try somewhere else first...because once you go to Latto's you may never go anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Latto's Wilderness Cabins offers world class remote fly-in access only walleye and northern fishing in in picturesque Northwestern Ontario, Canada. ... more less