Dock and Outpost

Joël : GGO Host

Joël : GGO Host

1. My name is Joël, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Joe.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I get to do something different everyday.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Seinfeld, if only it was on Netflix...
4. My travel bucket-list includes Europe and Australia.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you can’t work and talk, don’t talk”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me shooting hoops in the yard.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is double-troph with the boys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my upper-lip hair.

Jonny : GGO & Lost Lake Host

Jonny : GGO & Lost Lake Host

1. My name is Jonny, but my nickname at Aikens is Gernard.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge and my low self esteem is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Pancake on the Fruit Loops”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is shelfish.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Latin Lover.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Krusty Tartar.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 41” Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a girlfriend.

Justin : Maintenance

Justin : Maintenance

1. My name is Justin, but my nickname at Aikens is Juice.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge and escaping the city and sunsets are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Drop it Like it’s Hot”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is pepper.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is That 70’s Show.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Krusty Tartar.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 27 and 7/8” walleye .
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my girlfriend.

Nick: Dockhand

Nick: Dockhand

1. My name is Nick, and I don’t have a nickname at Aikens yet!
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to fish and work with a great group of people.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube.
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 Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 4” perch.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my belt.

Yvan : Bait & Tackle

Yvan : Bait & Tackle

1. My name is Yvan, but my nickname at Aikens is Ivar.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I love the outdoors.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Party in the USA".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is peanuts.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Sopranos.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is DJ Khaled.
7. I am a Montreal Canadians fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 32" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a pair of sunglasses.

Myles : Laborer

Myles : Laborer

1. My name is Myles, but my nickname at Aikens is Smyles.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge and good sized pike are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Money” by Pink Floyd.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is beans.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Trailer Park Boys.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is The Weekend.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my phone charger.

Cole : Laborer

Cole : Laborer

1. My name is Cole, and I don’t have a nickname yet at Aikens.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I think that Aikens is a beautiful place with great people as well as amazing fishing.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Outlet” but Desiigner.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is salad.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is SportsCenter, because I’m a walking highlight reel.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Adele.
7. I am a Chicago Blackhawks fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 39” Northern Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a classic 5 of diamonds spoon.

Eric : Laborer

Eric : Laborer

1. My name is Eric but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I'm excited to work there for the fishing & I think it will be a good experience.
3. A song I would never skip on my playlist is "come and get your love" by redbone.
4. The one food item I hate but wished I love is hotdogs.
5. The tv show I most identify with is that 70's show.
6. One singer I can't stand is Taylor Swift.
7. I am a Winnipeg jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on aikens lake is to still to be determined.
9. The one this I forgot to pack is still to be determined.

Elmanu : Laborer

Elmanu : Laborer

1. My name is Elmanu but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I'm excited to work there because of the remoteness and great fishing.
3. A song I would never skip on my playlist is "Everybody" by Logic.
4. The one food item I hate but wished I love is tomatoes.
5. The tv show I most identify with is Game of Thrones.
6. One singer I can't stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Pittsburgh Penguins fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on aikens lake is to still to be determined.
9. The one this I forgot to pack is hopefully nothing important.

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)