2015 Staff Bios

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but at Aikens, I’m known as Pit.
2. This is my 27th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it is my home.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at late-night westling.
4. My food kryptonite is beef jerky, chocolate milk, and cheese curds…in that order.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be how to beat Pat at most Xbox games (except golf, and maybe baseball, and ping pong too).
6. My favorite board game is Cribbage.
7. The best gift I have ever received is hard to pick - Julie is so good at giving thoughtful gifts... let's go with the commercial dehydrator (see question 4 as to why).
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Bear Island, although you'd think it would be Pit's Point (that's my 2nd favorite).
9. The perfect day off would be spent travelling with my beautiful wife somewhere exotic, and still being able to watch the Jets game at night!
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is finding cigarette butts on the ground... come on smokers, the world isn't your ashtray!

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but at Aikens, I’m known as Julie…but Grant calls me Jewels.
2. This is my 16th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it's what I was meant to do, and my family is here!
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at making ribs…although I refuse to eat them.
4. My food kryptonite is Seafood.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Multitasking 101.
6. My favorite board game is Cards against Humanity.
7. The best gift I have ever received is besides my children? That's a difficult one, Pit is really good at gift giving...I would have to say my custom made family ring.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is now the middle of the lake, pretty much the deepest spot, open water trolling.
9. The perfect day off would be sitting on the beach with my family while drinking something tropical.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is when people try to convince me there are no mushrooms in a meal and I can see them in there.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick Trudel, but at Aikens, I’m better known as The guy with the grey hair.
2. This is my 16th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because of you.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at being the best.
4. My food kryptonite is sweet pickles.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be a poor choice for the student.
6. My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan.
7. The best gift I have ever received is my family.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is South Gull.
9. The perfect day off would be pizza, beach, hanging with my wife and kids and an adult beverage to wash it all down.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is poorly placed and executed knots.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jans.
2. This is my 10th (what!!??) season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it feels like home.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at forging signatures.
4. My food kryptonite is vanilla ice cream.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Housekeeping 101.
6. My favorite board game is Hearts. A card game is a board game... Right?
7. The best gifts I have ever received are my two sons.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the South Arm.
9. The perfect day off would be a sunny beach day with no bugs.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is my husband's hearing (or lack there of).

Jesse L.

Jesse L.

1. My name is Jesse, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Gus.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s home.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I love what I do, and the rest just happens.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens isn’t Pit’s Point - but I better not find you there.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be trolling for pike somewhere.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing caterpillars can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is eating walleye 100 days in a row.
8. You can find me on Twitter @... Twitter? Don’t know the guy.

Jean-Bocar

Jean-Bocar

1. My name is Jean-Bocar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as JB, Booboo, Black Boucanne.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because of the people.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at repeating Lord of the Rings parts.
4. My food kryptonite is good meat.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Ecology.
6. My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan.
7. The best gifts I have ever received is life.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the Bay of Snakes.
9. The perfect day off would be slip dip n’ flip.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is people who think they know everything.

Eric

Eric

1.  My name is Eric, but at Aikens, I’m better known as E2.
2.  This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it's really, really, really, really, really, really fun.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at pretending to guide while I nap.
4. My food kryptonite is The "Double-Down".
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Stretching Fish 101.
6. My favorite board game is Euchre.
7. The best gift I have ever received is the recipe for the Aikens Cajun spice.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is The Abyss @ 300ft.
9.  The perfect day off would be Sleeping in and then catching 12 trophy Pike on the fly.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is Pancakes.

Ben

Ben

1. My name is Ben, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Binder.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because this place is magical.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at tanning.
4. My food kryptonite is chicken wings.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be myth, magic and shamanism 1000.
6. My favorite board game is Connect 4.
7. The best gift I have ever received is my first magic kit.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the mouth of the river.
9. The perfect day off would be sleeping in, relaxation, a little fishing and lots of beer drinking.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is people who believe that David Blaine is better than Criss Angel.

Jesse P.

Jesse P.

1.My name is Jesse but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pelch, Coach, Pelter Skelter or DJ Preds… And there’s more. This place gets a lil weird on nicknames… Ask Gernie, Mouse, or Stone Cold.
2.This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I’m contractually obligated until 2022.
3.Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at chess, and making beer batter Seriously. Made THE best beer batter I ever have today.
4.My food kryptonite is beer battered fish.
5.If I taught a college class, the subject would be sociology or how to talk your way out of anything.
6.My favorite board game is chess. Come at me, bro.
7.The best gift I have ever received is the opportunity to fish Aikens Lake for 4 crazy summers and meet some of the best people on the planet.
8.My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the area between the Falls upriver and Goby Gulley but a little closer to the island in the South Arm. Like right beside Bear, you know that spot? It’s right in between Bobby Zone and Secret Lake. You’ll find it.
9.The perfect day off would be sleeping in till 10am, big breakfast, hit the beach for some tips, jump off trout in 30 degree weather with a light breeze. Troll for a big laker and get it before a nice steak dinner followed by a game of liar’s dice with the boys and then a Canot porch Krusty Tatar set before a night of celebrations around a camp fire/hillybilly hot tub. How’s that for specific?
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is a messy living space.

Tyler

Tyler

1.  My name is Tyler, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Ty
2.  This is my fifth season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I love working your baits effectively and getting them into those high percentile areas.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at speling
4. My food kryptonite is pancakes
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be the universe......... what a concept!
6. My favorite board game is measuring walleyes
7. The best gift I have ever received is when Etienne brought me a bag of chips from the Bait & Tackle
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the part with the water
9.  The perfect day off would be unloading planes full of lumber.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is reeling against the drag.

Derek

Derek

1. My name is Derek, but at Aikens, I’m known as D-Rock.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the fish never stop growing.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at Navigating.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be “How to legitimately measure a Walleye”.
6. My favorite board game is LIFE.
7. The best gift I have ever received is Cabela’s Gift Card.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the spot with the trophy in it!
9. The perfect day off would be Sunny & a chance of Lake Trout.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is 20.5 inch lunchers.

Austin

Austin

1.  My name is Austin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Stone Cold.
2.  This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because its hard to beat.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at slid and slides.
4. My food kryptonite is chundy stew.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be intro to dock fishing.
6. My favorite board game is darts.
7. The best gift I have ever received is beef jerky from mouse.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is 2 minutes past the point pull a 180 and right back to the dock.
9.  The perfect day off would be hot sun, big fish, swimming and a beer or so after the day.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is reeling against the drag.

Sean

Sean

1. My name is Sean, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mouse.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it feels like home.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at Ping Pong.
4. My food kryptonite is guest leftovers.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Dinker Walleyes 101.
6. My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan.
7. The best gift I have ever received is the gift that keeps on giving.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the jungle, located behind Trout Island…right?
9. The perfect day off would be Guiding.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is filling out trophy forms.

Matty

Matty

1. My name is Matt but at Aikens, I’m better known as the pleasure.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because i'm not allowed back in Ontario.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at doing things quickly.
4. My food kryptonite is peanut butter balls.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be effeciency 101.
6. My favorite board game is Munchkins.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a job at Aikens Lake!!
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the mouth.
9. The perfect day off would be jamming.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is when people don't know where the "jungle" is.

Etienne

Etienne

1. My name is Etienne Provin Amédé Lavigne esq. The first but at Aikens, I’m better known as Steve-O!
2. This is my IV season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the sky is bigger here. I get to watch the Clouds move across the sky all day.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at levelling frames without the use of a level.
4. My food kryptonite is 6 honey krullers, a medium double double and a good cry in the shower.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be: Poorly phrased opinions about obscure literature 101. "The intellectual guide's guide to guiding intellectually"
6. My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan.
7. The best gift I have ever received is Love.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is not the honeynuonce . I got skunked at the honeysuckle once... That's a paddlin'.
9.  The perfect day off would be spent spent in a canoe on a perfectly still day. I would have a two or blue on ice. Still kind of hungover, but it ain't no thang, Gernard got snickers and yellow Gatorade. Anyways, Ive got my trusty Quantum rod and oversized reel, a box of 1/4 0z leadheads and no camera... And the trophy laker bite would be on!
10.My biggest pet Peeve is pike snapping my snells

Marco

Marco

1. My name is Marco, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Bobby.
2. This is my 1st season at the lodge. I plan on coming back to this beautiful place because of the wonderful staff.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at chewing gum while walking.
4. My food kryptonite is walleye.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Greek Mythology.
6. My favorite board game is Apples to Apples.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a trip to Disney World.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is The Bobby Zone.
9. The perfect day off would be to go out and catch a trophy with my pals.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is the sound of someone drinking liquid loudly.

Michael

Michael

1.  My name is Michael, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Chef.
2.  This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the people and I love to fish.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at reading minds.
4. My food kryptonite is curry.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be The Art of Love Making.
6. My favorite board game is Snakes and Ladders.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a fishing rod.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is The River.
9.  The perfect day off would be fishing.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is lazy people.

Tess

Tess

1.  My name is Tess, and for the moment I still go by Tess
2.  This is my first season at the lodge. I'll keep coming back to this beautiful place because being at the lake all summer is awesome, and because it is BEAU-TI-FUL ! 
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at twisting my tongue into a clover shape.
4.My food kryptonite are fresh blueberries.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be photography.
6. My favorite board game is Sequence.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a trip around Europe.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the Falls ...Fast Waters, ah wherever it’s pretty, well it’s nice anywhere really.
9. The perfect day off would be to go paddling and swimming and end the day with a beach party.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is when containers are missing their lids and lids are missing their containers.

Réanne

Réanne

1.  My name is Réanne, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Ray J.
2.  This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I haven’t caught a trophy yet.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at painting lures.
4. My food kryptonite is deep dish yum yum.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Housekeeping 101.
6. My favorite board game is Pictionary.
7. The best gift I have ever received is Air conditioning in North Star.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Moosehead Bay.
9.  The perfect day off would be catching a trophy burbot at Aikens.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is loud noises when I’m trying to take a nap.

Josée

Josée

1.  My name is Josée, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jose on Taco Nights.
2.  This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I need to troph out!
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at making chicken.  Seriously, I’m the best.
4. My food kryptonite is dark chocolate.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Human Anatomy.
6. My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan and Operation.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a puppy…but I’m actually still waiting for this gift ***Cough***Christian*** Cough***
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Kik’s Corner.
9.  The perfect day off would be a sleep in followed by a day on the lake with Christian and a shoresupper consisting of walleye fish tacos.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is a crooked cutlery and table setting.

Danielle

Danielle

1.  My name is Danielle, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Dan-Dan, Peaches.
2.  This is my 1st season at the lodge. I’ll keep coming back to this beautiful place because how friendly the people are here.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at curling.
4. My food kryptonite is M&M chocolate bar.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Hairstyling.
6. My favorite board game is Candy Land.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a hope chest that my grandpa made.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Fast Waters and The Falls.
9.  The perfect day off would be a day at the beach.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is when a chocolate chip cookie is actually a raisin cookie

Viviane

Viviane

1.  My name is Viviane, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Viv.
2.  This is my 1st season at the lodge. I’ll keep coming back to this beautiful place because I get to dance the “Nae Nae” with Réanne and Josée.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at playing piano.
4. My food kryptonite is choc milk and beer.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be how to whistle.
6. My favorite board game is Scrabble.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a water lily.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is The South Arm.
9.  The perfect day off would be what’s a “Day Off”.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is mosquitos buzzing in my ear while I’m trying to take my afternoon nap.

Rebecca

Rebecca

1.My name is Rebecca, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Reba.
2.This is my first season at the lodge, I’ll keep coming back because there is never a dull moment.
3.Very few people know this about me but i’m very good at naming dog breeds.
4.My food kyrptonite is anything coconut!
5.If i taught a college class, the subject would be biology.
6.My favourite board game is Cards against Humanity
7.The best gift I ever received was a Trip to Germany.
8.My favourite fishing spot on Aikens is Fast Waters, and the cookie jar.
9.The perfect day off would be canoeing to an island, exploring and swimming, then finishing the evening off with a bonfire.
10.My biggest pet peeve is when people walk on a freshly mopped floor, and leave foot prints….

Christian

Christian

1.  My name is Christian, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Kik.
2.  This is my 11th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it actually is beautiful.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at skateboarding.
4. My food kryptonite is a shrimp ring.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Rock and Roll.
6. My favorite board game is Sequence.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a Fender Strat.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Rodeo Ridge.
9.  The perfect day off would be feeding Josée fish tacos.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is loud noises with no ear plugs.

Jonny

Jonny

1. My name is Gernard, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Gernie.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the proof don't quit.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at everything.
4. My food kryptonite is fried chicken in bulk.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be the art of student get-togethers and gatherings.
6. My favorite board game is duck duck goose.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a mirror. The world would be a pretty ugly place without it.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Big Guy's Bait & Tackle.
9. The perfect day off would be a perfect day with no work.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is dumb questions.

Colin

Colin

1. My name is Colin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Coco.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because…..wait, isn't this my first season?
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at loon calling and whistling…. Oh! And ping pong!
4. My food kryptonite is sushi.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be arts and crafts. .
6. My favorite board game is cribbage.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a trip to Disney World!.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is fast waters.
9.  The perfect day off would be canoeing all over the lake and drinking beer while fishing!
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is when my room is dirty.

Joel

Joel

1.  My name is Joel, but at Aikens, I’m better known as ptite Joelle, Joe.
2.  This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I am finally accepted somewhere.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at crib.
4. My food kryptonite is a cream pie.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be How not to go to college.
6. My favorite board game is Candy Land.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a Justin as a roommate
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the Kitchen.
9.  The perfect day off would be following Grant around.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is working for Justin

Justin

Justin

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Juice.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I’m really hoping to be Head Labor one day.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at pretending to be good at banjo.
4. My food kryptonite is chundy stew.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be some kind of Engineering.
6. My favorite board game is Cards against Humanity.
7. The best gift I have ever received is my vibrating bead.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Compost Island.
9. The perfect day off would be Canoeing with my girlfriend.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is not being able to think of a Pet Peeve.

Myles

Myles

1.  My name is Myles, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Myles.
2.  This is my first season at the lodge. I’ll keep coming back to this beautiful place because of the amazing experience.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at fishing.
4. My food kryptonite is beans.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be not biology.
6. My favorite board game is monopoly.
7. The best gift I have ever received is a drum set.
8.  My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the dock.
9.  The perfect day off would be a nice long nap.
10.My biggest Pet Peeve is Tyler Koshowski.

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)