| PRO ANDY KUFFER WITH A NICE AIKENS LAKE PIKE!|
Aikens Lake/Lost Lake, Fishing in Style!
The first time I was introduced to the Aikens Lake
experience was 2006. I was working for Travel Manitoba at the time and Aikens
was hosting the first ever PWT Celebrity Shootout. The top ten finishers on the
Professional Walleye Trail were invited to Aikens to participate in this first
of a kind event. They would be teamed with celebrities from across North
America who were vying for cash and prices, all for a good cause. In fact more
than a $100,000 was raised for the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic
I was teamed up with Andy Kuffer, a charter boat
captain from Michigan who had been fishing the PWT Circuit for ten years. While
we didn’t win, we had a great time in the boat together, just part of the three
great visits I have had to Aikens.
The latest came the first week in September this year
when General Manager Pit Turenne asked Hooked Magazine to bring some friends
and visit their new outpost camp on Lost Lake. A beautiful log cabin, this
outpost is one of the first of its kind anywhere. It’s really hard to call it
an outpost, since it has absolutely everything a person might need, including
24 hour power, ice machine, two fridges, depth finders, two bathrooms plus
sleeping accommodation for eight.
Now you do have to cook your own food, and put a bit
of gas in the boat now and again but if you lack anything, the lodge is just an
email away. That’s right they have Wi-Fi service that keeps you in touch with
the lodge (and the world!)
| LOST LAKE OUTPOST HAS EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY NEED!|
Lost Lake adjoins Aikens and is connected by a small
river channel. This means you can fish both lakes with the boats that are
supplied. They are nice roomy 16 foot aluminum models, with 20 horsepower four
stroke motors. This allowed us to see almost every corner of the two lakes
during our three day stay. While we caught quite a few fish during this visit,
we didn’t catch any big fish. It seems with the extremely hot weather that we
experienced, the bigger walleye had decided to stay deep until evening when
they would move up the water column to feed on the ciscoes this lake holds. This
patterns held over the deep water in the lake, and I mean deep! Aikens is over
300 feet deep, so there are also lake trout to be caught, though the walleye
fishery is the mainstay.
If there is one thing that Pit Turenne learned from
his dad that keeps Aikens the destination it is today were these words of
wisdom. “You can’t control how good the fishing is, but you can try and control
everything else!” Aikens staff live by
that motto, and there is not a stone unturned to make your stay the best
possible. When you arrive at the dock at the main lodge, the whole staff is on
hand to greet the plane. That is just the start of the Aikens experience, which
should include a visit to Big Molly’s Bar if you are staying at the main lodge.
It’s outfitted with a couple pool tables, shuffle board and a full stocked bar,
a great place to talk about the days fishing.
Many master angler fish are caught every year and the
guides on this lake are excellent with the best equipment. Each drivers a fully
outfitted guide boat that has troll motors and top of the line electronics.
While some times of the year are better than others you can expect to catch
THE ACCOMMODATION: When Gerry and Lorraine Turenne sold part of the
lodge to a group of American investors in 2005, Aikens now had the cash flow to
take things to the next level. What really helped was the foresight the family
had in building their own sawmill. This occurred just after the Turenne’s,
along with partners Philippe & Jackie Lavack bought the lodge in
1988. This allowed them to produce their own wood, which not only save the
great expense of buying the wood and flying it in, but gave us them the unique
opportunity to build hand-crafted log structures. These cabins, especially the
Great Gray Owl and Boardwalk Chalets, have become some of the most beautiful
and unique accommodations among Canada fishing resorts.
| TOP OF THE LINE EQUIPMENT AND GUIDES!|
first met Gerry Turenne during my days at Travel Manitoba. He wanted to meet at
the Red Top Drive In to talk about fishing and the lodge industry. He was there
to share some wisdom from his time in the same position I had just signed on
for. That initial meeting had a huge impact on my time there, and we were to be
friends until he passed away this past year. He wore many hats, such as the work with the Festival Du Voyageur,
an event that is now an international success. Gerry was not afraid of hard
work or telling people what he thought.
He also had
a huge soft spot for charity, especially when it involved young people.
requested that when he passed away, he wanted any donations sent to the Fish
Winnipeg Learn to Fish program. More than $3000 has been gifted to this event.
He had a huge impact on this industry in Manitoba and he will be missed.
for all your wisdom and generosity Gerry. It lives on with
Note: This past week Gerry Turenne (posthumous) -- won the Award of Distinction from Travel Manitoba.
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