The typical rental boat at an Ontario fishing lodge is a 14 or 16 foot V-bottom aluminum boat with wooden bench seats powered by a 9.9 hp or 15 hp outboard with a set of oars, anchor, and a plastic jug to bail your boat. The standard rental 18' boat at our Ontario fishing lodge would be an upgrade at most lodges, but we want you to have a boat that is safe, comfortable, and fully equipped for an enjoyable fishing vacation.
Your host, Richard, is a fisherman and knows the kind of boat and fishing equipment you need to make the most of your fishing vacation. At our Ontario fishing lodge, you get it all standard at no additional cost; while other fishing lodges might charge up to $200 per day extra for boats not equipped as well as ours. Choosing an Ontario fishing lodge with basic or minimal equipment can rob you of quality fishing and keep you from attaining your Canadian fishing dream trip. The bottom line is, your boat choice is next in importance behind lake choice in your decisions on choosing the best Ontario fishing lodge.
The 18 ft Lund Alaskan boats at our Ontario fishing lodge are equipped to:
keep you safe and able to handle mother nature
keep you comfortable, so you are not wiped-out and sore at the end of the day
help you attain your number one goal of catching fish
The most important piece of equipment you want on your rental boat is a fish finder. You will only use a fish finder to locate fish when fishing deep water for lake trout or whitefish. When you are smallmouth bass fishing a rocky shoreline, you want a fish finder to know what depth of water your boat is over. The angler wants to stay out of the rocks, so as to avoid damage to the boat and motor. The Northern Pike angler wants to be in the correct depth of water to fish the structure that holds fish. Your host, Richard, will mark a lake map identifying the weedbeds for northern pike fishing. Richard will tell you to place the boat in 10 feet of water at these weedbeds. Without a fish finder, the angler has no way to know if 10 feet of water is 10 yards from shore or 100 yards from shore. The angler needs a fish finder to be productive at catching fish.
BOATING AND EQUIPMENT TRAINING
Yes, we get guests new to fishing and boating at our Ontario fishing lodge. The process involved in completing the "RBSC" described earlier is to ensure anglers who are unfamiliar with boating or the rental boat, gain enough knowledge to safely operate a boat. Do not let boat skills keep you from experiencing a fishing vacation at our Ontario fishing lodge.