Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
fishmarket

resorts on Canada side

21 posts in this topic

Is anyone familiar with Coppens Resort or Camp Narrows??I ran across these resorts online and was hoping for some feedback..Are there any others that I should know about?? Just looking for a nice, clean place that also rents decent boats. Thanks..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Camp Narrows is a catch and release place. I have never been there, but going by the place looks ok. Not sure about the Coppens as far as boats etc. Coppens is about as far from Camp Narrows as you can be and still be on Rainy. Camp Ontario is in the middle of the lake and about a 30 min ride by boat (i guess it could be longer or shorter depending on how fast a boat you have) don't know if they have boats at any of these. Look back a few days and there is some more info on Camp Ontario by OKfisherman.

We stayed at AMIK Lodge which is about a 10 min ride west into NW Bay. Vince has 3 new cabins that each sleep 4 to 6 people and has some 16 ft boats with Yamaha and trolling motors and graphs. his rates are very good. Another place is Labelle's which is about a 5 min ride further west at the end of NW bay. Both AMIK/Labelles are drive to places which can be a bit easier and especially if you don't have your own boat.

There is also Little Canoe and Devils Cascades although I think they could use some fixing up. LC is a take care of your self place from my understanding... no one is usually there. you can drive to it but need away across the river to get to them and I don't believe they have any boats. DC I believe has boats to rent, but they are the farthest away and you would need to arrange a trip up.

Hope this helps...

Where are you in IN? I grew up in Terre Haute.

Bitz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Camp Ontario has pretty decent boats, adequate cabins, a nice new showerhouse, great location for fishing anywhere on the north arm. Robert and Janet Weaver are the nicest people even if they are from Texas. (go sooners, beat texas). Our bunch will be going up the last week of August. If you need a number or pics of the place let me know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We've stayed at LaBelle's for over 20 years. We enjoy it a lot. Accomodating, good cabins, docks are protected by a rock dike (except the one by the launch), and he has boats for rent. I think they are 18' Princecraft boats with 40hp Merc 4-strokes that come with electric trolling motor and graph. Not completely certain though as we take our own rigs up there. Do a search for LaBelle's Birch Point Camp and you should find the link to their website.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So you must have liked the place if you have been going for 20 years!! I cant think of a better endorsement!! Thanks..I'll check it out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishmarket, can you drop me an email to pineglow@hotmail.com. I have some info for you about NW bay in case you head that direction.

Bitz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishmarket: I got back from Coppen's Resort last Sunday. We spent 5 days there. Fishing was good for walleyes, but we didn't fish for smallies. I would recommend Coppen's based on my experience. It is a small, quiet, well-run resort and Ed&Kelly seemed like very nice people. Rates were reasonable. I have not been to Camp Narrows so I can't offer an opinion on that resort. Good luck wherever you decide to go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishmarket,

I highly recommend Amik Lodge!!

The cabins are very nice, 2-3 years old and Vince Allan (owner) will work hard to ensure you have a enjoyable and comfortable time.

Fell free to send me a "Private Message" with any questions, etc.

JDP

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

our group is heading up the 24th to Camp Ontario. Been going about 20 yrs. We've never ventured to try other places 'cause we've always been happy there. For 6 days fishing with boats, motors, gas and all the stuff you need we can do it for about 350 to 400 a head. Then we have to figure gas to and from oklahoma. Camp Ontario is a great buy. I'm sure there isn't a bad resort on Rainy. Just being there would be great if you were sleeping on rocks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks everyone for your input!!! I sure hope I can make it up there next summer. Planning the trip is part of the fun..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, OK, does Camp Ontario have a website? Googled them & came up with zilch. Was it you who said something about photos of the place? Looking for a spot with some sand beach so my wife and 5yr.old son have SOMETHING to do when they get bored with fishing after the first hour.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think they have a website. They do have e-mail at home in Texas, not sure what the address is. I have pictures of our trips. Let me see if I can find them on this thing. Send me something at jcfree1024@sbcglobal.net and I'll try and send you some. They do have a small sand beach area, and the view from the top of the rock is great if they don't mind a small climb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you stay at a resort on the Canadian side are the fish limits any better?? I was wondering about taking my family.My wife and my two small children. One walleye wouldn't go very far for dinner. I guess I could buy a lisence for everyone but it is my understanding they would need to be in the boat if I had more than one fish in the boat. Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No the regulations haven't changed. On Rainy it is still one walleye per day, per license. And yes everyone would have to be in the boat with you if you have any intentions on keeping more than one walleye.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A 3lb pike caught, cleaned and eaten all in the same day will be just as good as a walleye IMO. So even though you can only take one 'eye in a day per license, you can switch gears and go multi-species with the pike. Come home with an 'eye and a couple pike and you've got the makings of a very fine meal of fish. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With a sport fishing license you can only keep 1 walleye per day but have 4 in possession, so you could have a fish fry after a few days. Like basscatcher said northern pike are great tasting too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the northerns are very good eat'n. 2 pike in the 24 - 26 inch range will feed 4 easy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishmarket,

My son and I stayed at Camp Narrows in September of '05 and will be going back in about 40 (!) days. We really liked it. It is a boat-in camp, say about 7 miles from the ramp. I personally like the concept of getting away from cars for a week.

Tom runs a great camp and is interested in making sure you are on fish. He was always checking with us to be sure we were enjoying ourselves.

Unless something has changed, the camp is catch and release for smallmouth only. The normal slot and limits for walleye and pike on the Canadian side of Rainey apply.

We used the upgraded boat with trolling motor, live well depth finder, and 40 hp four stroke-16'. Started right up every time, didn't leak, and got us where we wanted to go. Three could fish in it with no problem. Didn't pay much attention to the standard camp boats.

The cabin we stayed in was built by Tom's dad and was maybe five years old. Dry, comfortable, and we didn't have any unwanted guests. All the cabins seemed to be newer like the one we were in. Cabins have a wood pellet stove to chase the morning chill.

Hope this helps. Maybe we'll see you up there some time.

Nimstug

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have stayed at Labelles and Amik. Labelles was a terrible experience. We had numerous boat problems and the owners were less then helpful guiding us toward spots to fish, etc.

Amik is the opposite. Great service! If you want to catch fish, Vince will put you on the spots. He will take you out for the day or portions of multiple days to help you learn the lake. I would not stay anywhere else.

We have family that have stayed at Camp Narrows- good operation, but boat in only.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks evrybody for posting on this! Great reading, cant wait to get up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Between myself and my immediate family and friends, we have spent probably close to 1000 days at LaBelle's Birch Point Resort over the last 20 years. And, I am counting the days 'til I spend my next one there. Dale and Jody are world class fishermen and have an extraordinary familiarity with Rainy and its fish. I have had trouble catching fish one time in my life on Rainy and upon return to camp, Jody instructed me to jump in his boat. In 15 minutes from the time we left the dock, he had me straight on the pattern I needed to use. The rest of the week was lights out. My wife and I love those guys and their place.

-K

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      I guess I will have to call the dnr about the couple spots I am in question of. Ones a darn and you can easily pick them off all day almost year round
    • Stick in Mud
      Thanks for the great report.  We fished up there all last week, and we found shiners to be the only bait we *couldn't* get bites on. Very, very strange, but by far our best bite was on crawlers.  I think our total was something like 8 fish on shiners and 80 or 90 on crawlers (between two boats).  We didn't start fishing with crawlers until Thursday, either, so all those fish came on our last two days, with the windier Thursday being best.
    • Dale S
      Thanks guys for the informative replies. Can you also comment on the walleye limits?
    • noska
      Hey Barefoot on the main lake or current areas? 
    • jkrash
      a tournament-record 10-pound, 2-ounce beauty was big fish and A record 110 boats fished this year’s tourney, held out of the marina at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. 492 walleye, another tournament record, were weighed and released at this catch-and-release event.
    • Bowfin
      My daughter is shooting my 12 gauge 870 Wingmaster really good. Im looking for a nice looking, nice shooting and dependable pump shotgun for her at a decent price. I'm not liking the newer 870 Wingmasters as much as I did when I bought mine 30 years ago. I recently saw some Weatherby PA08s. Very nice looking gun which rival the looks of old Wingmasters with walnut stock, deep checkering, fairly light for $350 new. Reviews I see from 2011-2014 have me concerned a bit about hard trigger pull and shells sometimes not ejecting. Anyone have any experience or knowledge about these Weatherby pumps? If there were issues, you would think Weatherby would have fixed them by now.
    • jb426
      I did this a while back.  If you have basic carpentry skills you can do it for under $200. Here's what I did.   Get 2x8 treated board.  Cut to length of back bench.  Attach a swivel seat to board then attach board to back bench using screws and glue.   Buy two sheets of 4x8 3/4" sheeting that's rated for exterior and a gallon of deck stain.  Stain said sheets.  Cut out one for floor and one for casting deck up front (i used the front bench with a little bracing in between).  Use left over 2x8 for bracing casting deck.  You will also need one 2x4 treated board for bracing of the floor.  Install casting seat up front.  Looks good and is cheap and easy.  I used cedar stain and bought cedar colored treated lumber.  If I remember correctly I cut out the middle bench.   Only problem was it added a lot of weight so had to upgrade to 15 horse.  Sold it  a couple of years later for a $100 profit.  Just an idea.  
    • Walleye #1
        Walleyes on Leech Lake found themselves spread out but actively feeding on shiners.  A Jig and shiner or a plastic and lindy rigs with shiners and leeches were the go to presentations during the course of the week.  Somedays walleyes were wanting it dragged along which is where lindy rigs worked well and other days snapping or twitching a jig and minnow was the ticket.  So being diverse in your presentations, changing up colors and cadences, and getting away from the crowds is the ticket.     West End - Fish were found on West Goose Flats, Star Point, Grand Vu Flats, Duck Point, Pine Point, Stoney, and on some of the breaklines in Traders Bay.  Depending on the day depths changed, but it seemed the best bite was in 8-14 feet of water.  Find the shiners and you found walleyes closeby!     East End/Main Lake - Main Lake Rocks are still producing a large quantity of fish in the 20-26” protected slot, with some keepers mixed in.  Annex, Submarine, Five Mile, Pelican Island, and Rogers Point all had decent bites. Fish were typically found in that 8-12ft range on this part of the lake and finding areas with sand and boulders was the key.  Portage Bay also reported a good bite up near Federal Dam.  Look for emergent cabbage in Portage, especially on those bright and sunny days where those walleyes will look to find cover.  Pitching a jig and minnow or jig and plastic for these Leech Lake Walleyes in the cabbage is fun way to catch them.     Jumbo Perch are also showing up with the walleyes, but often times will be shallower.  Found some of our best perch bites in 6-10ft of water, with some really nice jumbos mixed in.     Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures Fishing Guide Service
    • HugeHogChaser
       Any boat restorers here in the twin cities area?  Looking to get some information and possibly a quote on a 12 foot aluminum boat. Would like benches re-done with carpeting, and possible floor work. Thanks in advance, I appreciate it!
    • HugeHogChaser
      Good evening,   i recently inherited a 12 foot aluminum boat, and I would like to re-do the interior. (Add carpet to the benches, possibly add marine grade plywood to the floor and carpet the floor as well.)   does anybody have any experience doing this, or recommend anybody that is good with this type of thing?    Trying to figure out if it's worth it to pay someone to do it, or try and figure out how to do it myself with no experience.    Anyways, thanks in advance!