Sportsman's Lodge On Little Vermillion Lake Bret Cell: 807-727-7452

Ontario Fishing Lodge

We have built our Lodge “ way out beyond the highways”, accessible only by float-equipped aircraft. The main lodge is built of logs hewn on the spot. Separate guest cabins are built of log-sheeting, and are lined and insulated. The guest units are served daily, (under our American Plan) are spotlessly clean and are equipped with comfortable beds, clean white linen, warm woolen blankets, towels, propane cooking stoves, wood heaters, refrigerators, hot and cold running water with flush toilets and showers, and 24 hour a day electricity supplied by our own AC generating plant, (plus cooking and eating utensils under our Canadian Plan). We also have new satellite internet for your convenience.

Excellent Equipment You may be assured of safe, pleasant, comfortable hours on the water in our extra-roomy 16 foot boats, powered by reliable electric start 15 h.p. 4-stroke Yamaha motors. Our equipment is renewed regularly and kept in top condition.

Flying to Red Lake, Ontario If you wish to fly commercially to Red Lake, contact us and we can arrange your flights through Red Lake Travel Service. You can also fly your private plane into the Red Lake airport, (5,000ft. paved strip) then take a taxi to the seaplane base and board a float plane for the flight into camp.

With your interests in mind, we operate an All-Inclusive Hunting Plan, and our Canadian Plan.

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Possibly the World’s Best TROPHY PIKE LAKE

In 2023, a guest at Sportsman’s Lodge caught a Northern Pike weighing over 30 pounds (52 inches) – for a total of EIGHTY FOUR PIKE IN THE 30 TO 40LB. (OVER 50 INCHES) class caught by guests since opening our small lodge on fabulous Little Vermilion Lake – earning this lake the distinction of being considered THE TROPHY NORTHERN PIKE CAPITAL OF NORTH AMERICA! The record of this lake is indeed phenomenal!

Little Vermilion Lake is a remote, fly-in lake, 18 air miles north from the end of the highways at the town of Red Lake, in northwestern Ontario. There is only one lodge on this lake, with an intentionally limited capacity, only accommodating upwards to four hundred guests each season.

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So if you dream of catching a trophy Northern Pike, your choice is simple – go where the odds are best – try sportsman’s Lodge for your best chance of realizing you dream. Approximately 74% of the guests at Sportsman’s Lodge have caught the largest pike in their lives while fishing Little Vermilion Lake! And the Walleye fishing is also excellent spring, summer and fall Little Vermilion lake may be considered small and shallow by some standards – just under 14,000 acres ( not counting two smaller lakes reached without a portage) with a mean depth of approximately 11 feet, and a maximum depth of approximately 28 feet.

However, this dark water lake with a magnificent variety of shorelines, many rock, gravel and sand bars, an abundance of lush aquatic vegetation, numerous drainage creeks, over 100 miles of shoreline, with over 40 island and nicely broken up by narrows throughout, is definitely ideal Northern and Walleye habitat! With an abundance of lesser species of feed fish the game fish in this lake seem to have an outstanding reproduction and growth rate! With its relatively constant bottom structure there are not the large deep sections that make it difficult to locate fish during the warmer months of July and August – providing very productive fishing waters throughout the entire season.

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We Are Here To Serve You

To all of our long-time, regular guests, friends, and new guests that come to us each year, we pledge to make positive additions to our operations and to maintain that which has made your visits so rewarding. We honestly cherish your patronage and friendship. We will not forget or distract from the friendly atmosphere that has made our efforts so worthwhile. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Lodge this summer! – Brett and Judy Geary


  • Canadian (Light Housekeeping) Plan: Fly-in from Red Lake, accommodations, boat and motor
  • Light Housekeeping Moose Hunts: Fly-in to the lodge, accommodations, boat, motor, gas.
  • Winter Ice Fishing Trips: Accommodations on Little Vermilion Lake – call for details

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No Kill Trophy Pike Policy

In the interest of further increasing our guests potential to catch trophy pike, we have enhanced our catch & release policy, which we initiated in 1982. Now all Pike over 35.5” (100%) will be released, assuring continued world class, high end, trophy pike production for our future generations.