Guides

Jean-Bocar : Head Guide

Jean-Bocar : Head Guide

1. My name is Jean-Bocar, but my nicknames at Aikens are JB, BooBoo, Black Boucanne.
2. This is my 8th season at the lodge and the people and culture is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “She knows" by J. Cole.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are raisins.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Life Below Zero.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Hedley, Simple Plan.
7. I am a NBA fan. Go Lakers!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 44" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Cholula Ho Sauce but Gus got me covered!

Ben : Guide

Ben : Guide

1. My name is Ben, but my nicknames at Aikens are Benny, Uncle Bud.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge and the Aikens Family and guests is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Hey Mama" by Kanye West.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Mushrooms.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Modern Family.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 41" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my Bug Spray!

Derek : Guide

Derek : Guide

1. My name is Derek, but my nickname at Aikens are D. and D-Rock.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge and the family vibe and culture is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything Chris Stapelton.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Horseradish.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Sportscentre / Life Below Zero.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is any screamo music.
7. I am a Ottawa fan!
8. My biggest fish guided on Aikens Lake is a 45" Pike and 40" Laker.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Underwear....

Austin : Guide

Austin : Guide

1. My name is Austin, but my nickname at Aikens is Stone Cold.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge and the great people, great fishing and beer are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Stacey's Mom".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is chundy stew.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Curb Your Enthusiasm.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is any of the new garbage hippity hop.
7. I am a Jet's and Flyers fan!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 42.5" northern.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a toothbrush.

Marco : Guide

Marco : Guide

1. My name is Marco, but my nickname at Aikens is Marker.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and Carey is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Wonderwall” by Oasis.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is sushi.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Office.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Nickelback.
7. I am a Las Vegas Knights fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a trophy whitefish guided by my buddy Coco.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my girlfriend.

Colin : Guide

Colin : Guide

1. My name is Colin, but my nickname at Aikens is Coco.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and Gibson is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Bungalow” by Matty.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is zucchini desserts.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Breaking Bad.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Gernie and Dan Dan.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan - Team Chevy all the way!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 26.5” walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my tackle box!

Carey : Guide

Carey : Guide

1. My name is Carey, but my nicknames at Aikens are Cody or Corvalis.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge and the staff cabin with a view is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Boots or Hearts”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is cereal.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Grand Tour.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Rise Against.
7. I am a Habs fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is every time I remember it, it just gets bigger!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my textbooks.

Evan : Guide

Evan : Guide

1. My name is Evan, but my nickname at Aikens is Pebble.
2. This is my second season at the lodge and the pretty flowers are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be Chopin’s “Nocturne no. 19 in E Minor”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is ... hate? ...food?
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Scooby Doo.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is One Direction (*avoids eye contact*).
7. I am a Leafs fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a good size pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is all the bad vibes...oops!

Sean : Guide

Sean : Guide

1. My name is Sean, but my nickname at Aikens is Stache.
2. This is my second season at the lodge and the people are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be Chopin’s “Everlong"
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is guacamole.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Breaking Bad.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is One Direction.
7. I am a Toronto fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 41" pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are socks.

Justin : Guide

Justin : Guide

1. My name is Justin, but my nickname at Aikens is Skip.
2. This is my second season at the lodge and the fishing is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Money for Nothing”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Sushi.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is That 70’s Show.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is ABBA.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 25” walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are some munchies.

Dennis : Guide

Dennis : Guide

1. My name is Dennis, but my nickname at Aikens is Denny.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to spend my full summer out in a boat, enjoying nature with great people.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Parmesan Cheese.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is How I Met Your Mother.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Nickelback.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is yet to be determined.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my girlfriend.

Brenden : Guide

Brenden : Guide

1. My name is Brenden, but my nickname at Aikens is B-Dawg.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the great people and amazing fishing.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Came Here to Forget” by Blake Shelton.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is vegetable stir-fry.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Family Guy.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Chicago Blahawks and Dallas Stars fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is only a dinker pike, as I’ve only been out a couple of times.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Chapstick.

We wanted to get a true fly-in Canadian fishing/wilderness experience, but be able to do that without having to spend two days traveling to get there. Overall, the experience was exactly what we wanted. Great fishing, great setting, great service and accommodations that allow you to really relax and enjoy quality time with your family.

—Tony Abena,
Edina, Minnesota

One of the coolest things about Aikens is you could have terrible fishing and have an awesome time there. Well-fed and well-served, plenty of beer to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.

—Nate Siegal,
Salt Lake City, Utah

Incredible staff and amazing fishing. The accommodations are top notch and the food is first class. You won't find a better lodge in North America for pike and walleye fishing. The owners really know how to run this place. The memories made here are like no other.

—Jesse Bleeman,
Toronto, Ontario

What I love about Aikens? The ever present welcoming attitude that starts when you exit the plane and ends, well, never actually ends from what I can tell. The entire staff which is well selected and well trained, guides who make fishing fun and easy, the size of the lake (not too small for serious fishing and not too big for novices), the breakfasts, the shore lunches, the dinners, the awards handed out at dinner, the evening fishing with dock staff making sure your boat is ready, and the bar that gives you a chance to meet fun and interesting people to share a fishing story, a joke, or life story.

—Dennis Munson,
Solon, Iowa

Our guide really listened to what we wanted to do and tailored our day specifically to us. To me, the shorelunch was the highlight of each day. The shorelunch sites are set-up so well in very scenic spots. You can watch the Aikens videos and read the website about the fancy cabins, and the food, and how great the fishing and the service is, but one thing you can't really appreciate until you're here is how beautiful it all is.

—Paul Capecchi,
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

I’m an amateur rank fisherman and I caught a ton of fish, including a Master Angler pike. That’s what makes Aikens Lake so great, you can get guys like me that really don’t know what they’re doing, and you start to believe that you might.

—John MacDonald,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

My husband and my dad had always talked about going to Canada or Alaska, so when I got the idea to give them a fishing trip as a surprise gift I did about six months of research. Once I talked with Pit, I was sold. It was really a surprise to them. They were so excited, and they just had a wonderful time at Aikens. They enjoyed their dream trip, and I don’t think it will be their last time to Aikens.

—Debbie Nutter,
Elizabeth, Colorado

Pit and his team have done a wonderful job of putting together the perfect gem of an outpost camp. We love going to the Lost Lake outpost because it provides you the seclusion and serenity without comprising the nice luxury-type components.

—Scot Woolley,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!

—Greg Borca,
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Those young staff members make me realize that our future is in good hands. Every one of them are class act young people, such a joy to associate with when you see what is going on across the land. Thanks again for the great hospitality from you and ALL of the staff.

—Jeff Hall,
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Truly an experience you'll want to relive over and over. This father-son-grandpa trip went from being a once in a lifetime experience, to an annual fishing trip! See you next summer!

—Mark L.,
Winnipeg, Canada

Aikens is the perfect place for a family trip. The cabins are the best we’ve ever been in, the lodge is beautiful, and of course Pit and Julie are wonderful hosts.

—Jim Deleeuw,
Wisconsin President Organization, Group Leader

My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.

—Denise Kozlowski,
Lake Oswego, Oregon

I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.

—Ron Ball,
Westman Dreams for Kids

I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.

—Joe Harrington,
Monticello, Arkansas

Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.

—Sherry Martin,
Cordova, Illinois

You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.

—Steve Andersen,
Lincoln, Nebraska

Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.

—Kris King,
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide

From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.

—Dan Quayle,
Former United States Vice-President

The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.

—Boomer Esiason,
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)