QUEBEC LODGE, RED ROCK ONT.
Brook trout, Northern Pike, Lake trout, GLR Steelhead, GLR Salmon
Four-thousand square foot executive lodge, built with native timber logged on site in 1937.
Lodge sleeps 12 people; max 8 guided anglers
Quebec Lodge is centrally located in Nipigon country, the home of the world 14.8 pound world record brook trout caught in 1915. We have road access to the Nipigon River, Lake Nipigon and Nipigon Bay of Lake Superior. This is big water with equally big fish. Brook trout average 20 inches with fish topping 25 inches (8-9 pounds) caught every season. On top of great brookie angling all season long, huge northern pike are available from mid-May to mid-June. The average pike is about 38 inches, with the camp record measuring 48 inches. Most of the angling is done via boat with an experienced guide. There is some limited water available for wading and shore-fishing on the Nipigon system. Several coastal Lake Superior tributaries within a half an hour drive of the lodge host runs of wild steelhead in May. The other species available in the Nipigon and Lake Superior watershed include lake trout, chinook salmon, whitefish, smallmouth bass and walleye.
Quebec Lodge is uniquely situated in the middle of the world’s best trophy brook trout fishery. The Nipigon River is just minutes from the lodge and has some of the best trophy brook trout fishing available on earth. The river is large and swift, and most of the river is fished by boat. Experienced guides will put you on the best holes and safely moved you around this huge system. There are three dams on the river there are several reservoir sections. The most popular is Jessie Lake and fishing here focuses on casting reefs and shore. The average brook trout is about 20 inches, with fish approaching 25 inches caught nearly every week. Some of the fatter brook trout weigh in the 8-pound range. The majority of the fishing is done with sink tip or full sink lines, on 7 or 8 weight rods. Large streamers, muddlers and smelt pattern flies work well.
The lower section of the Nipigon River has trophy brook trout, but also resident rainbows, lake trout and chinook salmon. You never know what you might catch.
Lake Nipigon is another option for anglers. This huge lake has brook trout, giant pike and lake trout. Most of this fishing involves casting streamers to shore or reefs and stripping them back to the boat. Lake Nipigon is a huge lake and provides nearly limitless angling options. Nipigon Bay, which is visible from the lodge is where the Nipigon River empties into Lake Superior. This huge bay has “coaster” brook trout, which are generally more silver and sleeker than brook trout caught in the upper sections of the river. Rainbow trout, lake trout, pike and salmon are caught in the lower river as well.
Brook trout are caught throughout the open water season and there is nearly always good fishing somewhere on the system, including in mid-summer. Lake Nipigon and Lake Superior remain cold all summer, and it is not unusual to see water temperatures in the low 50s F. in mid-July. Brookies start to get their fall colours in August and early September. Some of them have bellies as red as roses. The season for brook trout ends on the Tuesday after Labour day in early September. On Lake Nipigon, the season ends at midnight on Sept. 15. Lake Nipigon is also single-barbless hooks only. The lodge enforces a strict no-kill on all brook trout. Anglers can keep salmon if they want to keep a fish as they are a non-native species. Massive pike are caught in both Lake Superior and on Lake Nipigon. The fishing begins on Superior around mid May and switches to Lake Nipigon in June. Many fish can be caught in the 36 to 42 inches range, with some true giants available. The lodge record is 48 inches caught in 2019. The majority of the fishing is with 8 or 9 wt. rods, floating lines and streamers in less than 5 feet of water. Once again a no-kill on trophy pike is enforced. In May, several smaller rivers within a half an hour drive of the lodge host runs of steelhead from Lake Superior. This is river wading and swinging streamers or egg pattern flies can be deadly.
Quebec Lodge is a historic log lodge that was built in the 1930s and is nestled on a height of land over-looking Nipigon Bay, on Lake Superior. It has several rooms of various sizes and a great room where guests can kick back to have a drink, tie flies or chat. Home-cooked meals are served in a large dining room. Many evenings end with an outdoor bonfire or a sauna.
The Nipigon River is the largest tributary to Lake Superior. It is deep, wide, swift and cold. It can be a challenging place to fly fish, but also incredibly rewarding. The big water required sturdy fly tackle in the 7 or 8 weight class, at a minimum. Some anglers prefer a switch rod. The best all around fly lines are sink tip or full sink, to get flies down to the trout. Long leaders are not necessary, the fish are not at all tippet shy. Large flies that imitate smelt, shiners, stickleback and sculpin are favoured, with white patterns being best early in the year, and dark patterns later. Popular patterns include the Marabou Muddler, Sex Dungeon, Bead-head Buggar, Clouser Minnow and Lefty’s Deceiver. Steelhead, lakers and chinook salmon will also hit these patterns in the lower Nipigon River. Steelhead in the coastal rivers take egg-sucking leeches, cactus flies and coloured beads. Guests who plan to try wading should bring chest waders.
Dry fly opportunities for Nipigon brook trout are not common, but there are parts of the river where a large brook trout may rise to a fly, especially in July and early August. A Stimulator or caddis imitation is often a good bet when trout are taking on top.
On Lake Superior or Lake Nipigon the trout will generally be shallower and often tight to shore or cover like boulders. Here a sink tip line can work well when fishing over reefs and against the shoreline. Having a rod with a full sink as a backup is always a good plan.
Pike require 8-10 weight rods, with a floating line. Just about any large streamer or a Dahlberg Diver will catch pike. Some days, smaller streamers in the 3 to 4- inch range work better than larger ones. Generally white, red, yellow and orange colour patterns. A steel leader or thick fluorocarbon leader is a must as pike will bite through monofilament and braid like it’s thread.
BOATS & EQUIPMENT
Guides at Quebec Lodge generally supply their own Lund boats, which are well suited to the large water found in the area. The lodge also has a 20 foot Lund Alaskan for use by guides. Smaller boats and canoes are available for rent. Some fly-fishing tackle is available for use by guests as well. Guests use life jackets or PFD’s supplied by guides or the lodge.
The Nipigon region is home to some of the finest kayaking water in Ontario. Guided kayaking and sailing trips can be arranged. There are also plenty of trails around the property as well as the surrounding wilderness for guests to enjoy at their leisure.
Guests at Quebec Lodge stay in the main lodge. In-lodge rooms are located near the great room or via a hallway. Adjacent rooms share a bathroom and shower.
The lodge features a large common area with an open post-and-beam vaulted ceiling. There are various chairs and couches as well as a bar. Television and high-speed Internet are both available.
Anglers enjoy healthy portions of rustic fare served in the main lodge.
Reaching Quebec lodge is easy. Most international flights can connect to Thunder Bay. Once you’ve cleared customs and collect luggage you can either get a (pre-arranged) shuttle ride to the lodge or rent a vehicle.
Guests can also drive to the lodge via Highway 11/17. The lodge is located about 100 km east of Thunder Bay on Hwy 628 Red Rock. The lodge is on road 17, the first left turn before the train tracks at the town of Red Rock.
Feel free to contact us at Gils Fly Fishing International for more information.
Guided Fishing Package 3 days, 4 nights (longer, or shorter packages are available, please contact us for details
Includes: Meals, Guided Fishing 2 anglers per boat, Shared room (individual rooms may be offered if available for no additional charge)
Not included: HST, Tips, Alcoholic beverages, transport (can be arranged for $40pp)
Double Occupancy: $1500pp
Single Occupancy: $1250pp
Non-angling rates (1 day & 1 night)
Single Occupancy B&B: $95pp
Single Occupancy with full meal plan: $140pp
Double Occupancy B&B: $150 (two people)
Double Occupancy with full meal plan: $240 (two people)
Transportation from Thunderbay airport: $40pp
Bookings are confirmed with a 50 percent deposit. The balance must be received before the start of your trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival in order to receive full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and non-refundable, with the exception of a medical or family emergency at GFFI’s discretion.