Guides

Jean-Bocar : Head Guide

Jean-Bocar : Head Guide

1. My name is JB, but my nickname at Aikens is Boo Boo.
2. 2018 marks my 9th season at Aikens and the people are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m ice fishing.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Jersey Shore.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Vietnamese deluxe vermicelli.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is India or China.  
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is grilled meat.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing with the boys or throwing a Frisbee in the lake. Occasionally, you can find me in bed.

Ben : Guide

Ben : Guide

1. My name is Ben, but my nicknames at Aikens are Uncle Bud and Benny.
2. 2018 marks my 7th season at Aikens and the people are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m looking for my friend Dupree.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be fishing rods.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because of the Great Barrier Reef.  
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is shore lunch.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing with my buddies.

Derek : Guide

Derek : Guide

1. My name is Derek, but my nicknames at Aikens are D and D-Rock.
2. 2018 marks my 6th season at Aikens and shorelunch is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens,you can find me : TBD.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Dancing with the Stars.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be snacks.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Ireland because... just because.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is chicken quesadillas.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me hanging with Dupree.

Austin : Guide

Austin : Guide

1. My name is Austin, but my nickname at Aikens is Stone.
2. 2018 marks my 5th season at Aikens and the fact that the fishing is hot and the beers are cold is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am  probably fishing or sipping a beer.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on TheBachelor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be cold beer.
6. One place I would love to travel (this year) in my lifetime is Bonaventure Lake.
7. My favourite meal to cook is Shore lunch.
8. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me chummin' or having a cold one with the boys.

Marco : Guide

Marco : Guide

1. My name is Marco but my nickname at Aikens is Marker.
2. 2018 marks my 4th season at Aikens and Lakers are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am studying business in Winnipeg.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Shark Tank.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Shorelunch Potatoes.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Churchill, MB to see a wild polar bear and kayak with beluga whales in the same day.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Man’s best friend, obviously.
8. My favourite meal to cook is Fajitas.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me chumming.

Colin : Guide

Colin : Guide

1. My name is Colin, but my nickname at Aikens is Coco.
2. 2018 marks my 4th season at Aikens and Gibson is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am at home.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on American Idol.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be beer battered fish.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is France because of the croissants.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is shorelunch.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping .

Carey : Guide

Carey : Guide

1. My name is Carey but my nicknames at Aikens are Cody, Conrad, Corvalis and Corvs.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in the Wallace Building, studying rocks.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Amazing Race.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Avgas to fly around the world.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is the South Pole.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog Person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is a grilled steak dinner.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me out on the water fishing lake trout.

Evan : Guide

Evan : Guide

1. My name is Evan but my nickname at Aikens is Pebble.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and the world-class mushroom picking is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am just sending it.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Big E’s Shepherd’s Pie.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because I need sweet surf to soothe the soul.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog.
8. My favourite meal to cook is falafel.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me eating suppers and petting puppers.

Sean : Guide

Sean : Guide

1. My name is Sean but my nickname at Aikens is Stachedaddy.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and the good times are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am slingin’ pizza pies.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Bachelor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Red Devils.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because I’ve always wanted to go.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is shorelunch.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me on the porch!

Justin : Guide

Justin : Guide

1. My name is Justin but my nickname at Aikens is Skip.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and thethe fishing is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, you can find me playing hockey.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Breaking Amish.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Salt & Vinegar chips.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because it looks awesome.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog Person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is mac and cheese.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me sitting on the porch!

Dennis : Guide

Dennis : Guide

1. My name is Dennis, but my nickname at Aikens is Denny.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and the great staff is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am usually building stuff.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be beer.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because the scenery is one-of-a-kind.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is breakfast.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me on the lake.

Brenden : Guide

Brenden : Guide

1. My name is Brenden but my nickname at Aikens is Bedo.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and the amazing sunsets are what keep me coming back.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am hunting and fishing.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Duck Dynasty.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be cold Moosehead.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because it would be a great experience.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Doggo.
8. My favourite meal to cook is rib eye.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing, of course!

Elmanu : Guide

Elmanu : Guide

1. My name is Elmanu, but my nickname at Aikens is Fritz.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and Enzo and Gibby are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am attending school in Ottawa.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Wipeout.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be socks.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is New Zealand because of the scenery.
7. I’m a cat person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is lasagna.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me deep in the books.

This week at Aikens for our anniversary has been absolutely the greatest gift! The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad and mom could have been with us.

—Amanda Paschal,
Parker, Colorado

They say “you get what you pay for” ... at Aikens you get more. They know what they’re doing, and it shows. Its called “The Aikens Experience.” The lodging is top notch. The food is outrageous! Aikens Lake is a dream to fish. The staff - how they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. They learn your likes and dislikes; they make you feel welcome and relaxed.

—Steven J Kuzmich,
Loveland, Colorado

People sometimes want to try new locations or lakes in Canada but I really do not know why our group would ever look elsewhere or even think about it. The fishing is world class and the accommodations and hospitality are five-star.

—Gene Reibel,
Omaha, Nebraska

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)