It was 1991 when I last visited Nestor Falls Ontario!
Now that is a long stretch in anyone’s books but when I heard the crappies were
back on the bite, I knew it was time to return. Friend Brent Kruger had lined
up a two day trip with the owner of Sunset Cove Resort, Mike Gate. Mike and his
wife Erin had purchased the resort three years ago, and have worked tirelessly
to build up the business and update the resort and building. Located right on
the shores of Sabaskong Bay, Mike has plowed a road down off his boat launch on
the lake. He is out every day plowing the myriad of ice roads that lead to some
of the best crappies fishing on Lake of the Woods. Back in 1991, the crappie
fishing was tremendous, and Mike says the fishing has returned to that
level. Mike also rents out a number of
heated ice shacks, making it real easy for anyone to enjoy the fishing, even if
they don’t have the equipment required.
On our first day there we explored
large sections of the bay, first in two of his ice shacks, and then using our
portables. While there was a fair bit of snow on the lake, Mike had a big blade
on the front of his ¾ ton truck so access was not an issue.
While the fishing was not hot and heavy, it
was steady action and we had great fish fry that evening at Dave Walton’s, a
friend of Mike’s who has made Nestor Falls his second home. I fished with Dave
many years ago on Booster Lake before he sold his cabin there. Dave said he was looking for something a
little different and he and his wife Marnie love the new location. Brent and I
really enjoyed our short time there and if you are interested in giving
crappies a try visit Mike and Erin on their website at www.sunsetcoveresort.net
They has also have a number of cabins open year round.