Guides

Jesse L. : Head Guide

Jesse L. : Head Guide

1. My name is Jesse, but at Aikens, I’m still known as Gus.
2. This is my 8th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the people I work with and fish.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is I don’t know Ma, Well…Making a Murderer was a gooder.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Quenelle Lake, one of those days.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “At least you didn’t try…that one put a fire in my belly.”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me hanging out with the boys, most likely in a boat..
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is…there are so many but, two big pike with Réanne standout to me.  Good times.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Gatorade and snickers.

Jean-Bocar : Guide

Jean-Bocar : Guide

1. My name is Jean-Bocar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as JB, Booboo, Honey Boo, Linda, Black Boucanne...
2. This is my 7th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because this is where I catch the adventure and capture the memories.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Game of Thrones (but not on Netflix...).
4. My travel bucket-list includes all of Africa.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Keep givin’r”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me eating sushi or having an ol barley pop at the local watering hole.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is double trophy pike night with the boys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is a bobber.

Ben : Guide

Ben : Guide

1. My name is Ben, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Binder.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of all the different people you meet.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Zoo.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Australia, to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, South America and the parts of Europe I’ve missed.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping or fishing.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is the fishing derby on my first year, winning it within 30 minutes of starting, with JB’s big pike.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my fishing rod.

Jesse P. : Guide

Jesse P. : Guide

1. My name is Jesse, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Chewy, Skeltion, Pelch, Coach. The longer you work here, the more nicknames you get. I’m missing a few, I’m sure.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because the meals are free, and it’s the best sucker lake in Manitoba.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Suits.
4. My travel bucket-list includes India, Peru and Lost Lake.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “Keep your toilet clean”.
6. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is nailing 2 trophy pike, 20 minutes apart, on opening night of 2016! #allthewayup #blimps
7. The one item I cannot live without is my Rapala sunglasses.

Derek : Guide

Derek : Guide

1. My name is Derek, but at Aikens, I’m better known as D-Rock, Derk.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I’m Hooked!
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Game of Thrones.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Australia, Alaska, NWT.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Keep your stick on the ice”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me in Big Molly’s, Big Guy’s, The Porch, The Lake, if not found there please start looking….
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is Slaying under those Northern Lights.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my sunglasses.

Austin : Guide

Austin : Guide

1. My name is Austin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Stone Cold.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because the drinks are cold and the fishing is hot.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Archer.
4. My travel bucket-list includes fishing in the Florida Keys.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Buy a good rain suit”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me probably fishing or playing guitar.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is guiding the two biggest walleye of the year on the same day.
8. The one item I cannot live without is fishing gear.

Matty : Guide

Matty : Guide

1. My name is Matt, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Slow Cooker.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because it’s beautiful here.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is X-Files.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Sweden, Thailand and Australia.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is guiding a trophy walleye at the Crock-Pot.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Deep Dish Yum-Yum.

Etienne : Guide

Etienne : Guide

1. My name is Etienne, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Steve-O.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because the sky is bigger here. I get to watch the Clouds move across the sky all day.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Brooklyn 99.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Yukon!!
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you’re being chased by a snake, if you face it, it will turn into a flower”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me Breaking hearts, climbing and looking at the trees and stuff.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is slot bite on North Bull in the rain.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my compass.

Marco : Guide

Marco : Guide

1. My name is Marco, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Hedge Hog.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because  of the wonderful staff.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Greece.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Start catching lunch!”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me studying
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is guiding my first fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my sunglasses.

Colin : Guide

Colin : Guide

1. My name is Colin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Coco.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I love the outdoors and meeting new people everyday.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Lost, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead... there’s so many of them!
4. My travel bucket-list includes going to New Zealand and Australia to try some skydiving.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Treat people the way you’d want to be treated”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me on the lake having a good time or in my cabin sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching my ever lake trout!
8. The one item I cannot live without is water.

Carey : Guide

Carey : Guide

1. My name is Carey, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Care.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the great people and the beautiful scenery.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is... funny thing is that I don’t have Netflix.
4. My travel bucket-list includes flying a super cub in and out of gravel bars in Alaska.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Keep your tip up and the line tight”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me out on the water.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is witnessing the first lake trout bite of the season.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my Leatherman.

Evan : Guide

Evan : Guide

1. My name is Evan, but at Aikens, I’m better known as... so far, still Evan.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I saw some pretty awesome flowers in the bush, and I think that’s pretty rad.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is House.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Teahupo’o.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Just do what makes you happy”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me napping, or rippin’ flukes off the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is hitting a fun little pike bite at the falls.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my guitar; Laquisha.

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)