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“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

My first Canadian Fly in was in June of 1959. Over the years I’ve fished in Ontario, Saskatchewan, of course Manitoba, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and the Grand Caymans. The places I’ve stayed range from Out post to Resorts and everything in between.

I’ve been coming to Aikens lake for several years, 84 days on the lake so far with 12 more planed for 2018. Some years have been double trips. Some with my - I don’t fish I just catch - Wife, my Son, old friends, new friends I met at Aikens and by myself. Hot, cold, sunny, windy, calm, rain, snow, May, June,July, August, and September I ‘ve seen them all. I’ve caught hundreds of fish and have hundreds of great memories. I, myself have nine Master Anglers caught at Aikens. (Seven Pike, One Lake Trout and a Walleye) We have stayed in every cabin at the main lodge except Park Place.

With these credentials I think I can speak with some credibility as to the “Aikens Experience” and why I keep returning.

I’ll start with the planning. Fly in locations have flight schedules. Many have specific arrival and departure dates. At Aiken, “you” pick the arrival and departure dates. If you fly to Winnipeg and are lucky to have a flight that arrives early enough, they will meet you IN the airport for a 90-minute ride to the float plane base. Then a 30- minute flight to the lake, where you’ll have plenty of time to settle in and prep your gear, and be ready for happy hour at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, and on the water about 7:00. Can’t make it early enough – stay overnight in Winnipeg (there are several hotels at or near the airport ) the van will pick you up at your hotel about 6:00 am the next morning and you’ll be at the lake before 9:00. Hungry? They will have breakfast for you. I’ve done both.

The staff- what can I say. They greet you at the dock when you arrive, your guide, the chef, the dogs, Pit, Julie, Janelle, Patrick, Lorraine, the kids, and the rest of the staff that’s not out fishing. How they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. You forgot something or have a question, just ask any one of the staff, they’ll get you what you need or tell someone who can. They learn your like and dislikes (my only dislike is broccoli- which has become quite the joke- at least once a trip a sprig of broccoli will show up somewhere unexpected – like on my desert or eggs). They make you feel welcome and relaxed.

The food is outrageous! No weight loss program here. Breakfast starts at seven after coffee or whatever you prefer, is delivered to your cabin at 6:30. Shore lunch is unbelievable. Beer batter, Cajun. lemon pepper, salt and pepper, yellow mustard has become a favorite of mine, baked, fried, walleye, pike, perch and if you’re lucky lake trout, done them all! Dinner – Gordan Ramsey would be happy. Just be warned – we met up with some friends one year and shared a table - they brought out a plate of
standing ribs. We all thought it was for the table until they brought 3 more plates full. Then there’s desert. Enough said.

The boats, guides and the fishing are all top of the line. The Lund Alaskan is a great boat to fish from, stable and open. They keep them updated and well maintained, from the seat to the electronics, the outboards to the decks, all well cared for. The guides are what one would hope for, they know the lake the fish and the conditions. They can assist you with everything or follow your directions. Never fished before, they will teach you. My wife never fished before Griff got ahold of her – now she tells people, “I don’t fish, I just catch.” If you are a well-seasoned angler, tell them what you’re looking for and they’ll do their best to make it happen. I always ask for the guides advice, because they often think of something I haven’t thought of trying. They spend a lot of time on the water. I like to have at least one day of what I call Guides choice. They pick the place and the technique. Aikens Lake is a dream to fish.

You have all the structures and features you could want, deep holes, islands, narrows, falls, rapids, weed beds, bays and the river. After walleyes, well, there have been days that we had a hard time catching small enough walleyes for lunch. Although this is not an issue as the guides can easily produce a perfect boneless pike filet. If you are after either quantity, quality or specific species, they are there, it’s up to the angler. The waters are full of fish.

The lodging is top notch. The cabins are clean, comfortable, roomy, and modern, with stunning details. They have AC, heat, screened porches, and tons of hot water. Every year there is something new at the Lodge and every year I’m surprised at what they’ve done.

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.”


“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

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. 

If you like walleye and pike fishing this is a bucket list spot. Five-star location. Not sure I would even have a suggestion for change. They do it so well now. Shorelunches are always wonderful. It’s always fun to watch our guides led by Kik creating shore lunches. They seem to always have a wonderful surprise in store for us.

The trip is about four days of unplugging from the world (no work, no cell, very little internet), great time with good friends enjoying the outdoors and catching fish.

It’s superior hospitality, food, staff and accommodations in a beautiful outdoor setting combined with world class fishing that makes Aikens special.  


“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

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.

As a father, when you realize that your kids are growing up fast, and that they are becoming adults with their own plans and views and they won’t be around forever, you start to feel more urgency around creating meaningful and memorable experiences together. Coming to Aikens was all about starting a tradition around doing something we like to do as adults, and get a chance to have fun and catch up on life and all of the ups and downs in a setting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Sitting in the boat together, it was focused time to enjoy each other and talk in a way that can be hard to do when e-mails and all of the other trappings of work constantly intrude.

I remember seeing people rave about the shorelunches on the website and thinking how could a shorelunch be that memorable? After having them, I can tell you they are fantastic, particularly in the great locations around the lake you enjoy them in.

With Aikens, you don’t have to sacrifice the experience for the relative convenience of getting there. The fishing was great, the accommodations and service were equally great.


“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

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 in the boat to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.

I've seen Pit grow up over the years. He and the team do a great job. They run a tight ship. They take the operation seriously, but they have some fun, too, and they do a great job with communication. My dad and Patrick are in communication all year along. We've done other fly-in fishing and there are good lodges out there, but Aikens is very special 

The fact that my dad and his dad have done fishing trips here together, and that now I get to enjoy Aikens with my dad, is a truly special part of it. I look forward to bringing my kids someday.


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