We booked our trip at Duck Bay Lodge with the objective of catching our first Muskies, and that we did! We caught two each, in fact, and we raised numerous others. Our week-long stay was one of our favorite fishing vacation experiences, due in large part to the helpful and friendly staff and some skilled and hard-working fishing guides. Owner Dave picked us up in Morson for the short boat ride to the lodge on Hay Island, where we were greeted by co-owner (and Dave's wife) Sheree for our orientation. The setting is spectacular, and our cabin was comfy, clean and equipped with everything we needed. Its location afforded us with great views of the magnificent Canadian sunsets and the soothing sounds of the lake at night. Days started with the staff serving up a hearty breakfast, then it was off to the dock to meet our guide and start fishing. We had the opportunity to fish with four different guides while there. Each was capable, friendly and helpful and we enjoyed them all. Our final three days on the lake were spent with Kerry, whom we called "The Muskie Whisperer." He knew where they were and how to raise them! He was as excited as we were as we hooked and reeled the Muskies in for our cherished photo ops. We learned a lot from Kerry and appreciated not only his expertise, energy and assistance, but also his respect and reverence for the big fish and their habitat. Plus, he was just a lot of fun to be with! Then there was the food. After our first full day of three squares, we opted out of breakfast for the rest of the time. Not because it wasn't delish, but because we didn't want to grow out of our fishing pants by week's end. We could not, however say "no" to dinner. It was an event, where other like-minded fishermen-and-women would gather to share the day's fish stories, then enjoy a wonderful dinner of ribs, or steak, or hamburgers or roasted chicken with all the trimmings--and dessert! (Kudos to Bethany for the scrumptious banana cream pie.) Sheree told us all staff members in the kitchen are accomplished cooks and each contributes to what is set before guests at meals. For lunch, one can "brown bag it" or opt to have the guide cook up the morning catch for a shore lunch, which does cut into fishing time, but is a must-do at least once. Great experience! There is no greater compliment to the owners and staff of a lodge like Duck Bay than repeat bookings. Many of our fellow guests told us they had been coming to Duck Bay for years and years, and we could see the bond and admiration for their hosts (and hosts for guests) that has developed over those years. As for us, we made our reservation for next year before we left the island and are counting the days until our next trip to Duck Bay and Lake of the Woods…
First time but not the last. Great location, lodge, meals, hospitality, and fishing with great guides. Kerry’s shore lunch was out of this world. The owners were so gracious. Not too far from home since we drove.
This was about the 12th year we've gone to Duck Bay Lodge. We are not die hard fishermen which is o.k. at Duck Bay. They accommodate all who come to the lodge. We DO fish and we thoroughly enjoy it but just the lodge and scenery, the food, the scenery, the camaraderie, ...did I mention the food and scenery? It is so restful, yet invigorating. They accommodate any level of fishing prowess. It is a bit rustic - one TV in the whole camp and limited phone & Wi-Fi service, but that's part of their charm. Not too rustic - all cabins have indoor plumbing and small showers. Service is always exceptional. We are already planning our trip for next year. I highly recommend this small fish camp in Canada.
After considerable research, my wife and I decided to travel from Virginia to give Duck Bay a try. The owners, Dave and Sheree, were both accommodating and responsive. The pride they take in their lodge is obvious. From the great home cooking to the comfortable cabins, we enjoyed a week’s stay that I hope we will repeat again soon. Most importantly, Duck Bay’s staff of guides provide a memorable fishing experience. They are knowledgeable and do their best to make sure each guest has a shot at a trophy fish and, of course, walleye for a shore lunch. Hope you find this short, but honest, review helpful.
Dave and Cheri run a top notch Canadian fishing resort. Really nice Cabins with beautiful lake views. Fishing was very good. Service was tremendous. Had a great time. If your looking for a Canada fishing trip, I highly recommend you check out Duck bay lodge Dan