Long before Lac Seul was formed, the area was a massive valley with rivers, steams and small isolated lakes that were stuffed with Walleyes. In 1929 the Ear Falls Dam was constructed and the area was flooded forming what we call Lac Seul today. Isolated pockets of Walleyes in small lakes as well as Walleyes in the various streams and rivers came together creating a fresh and diverse gene pool, which enabled the Walleyes to be stronger, bigger and proliferate in massive numbers. To this day Lac Seul is still the best Walleye fishing lake in the world when considering size, numbers, fighting strength and taste.
Lac Seul is a very nutrient lake and fed by many streams and rivers including the Root River, the English River and the Vermilion River. Depending on the time of year, water flow through the lake can be anywhere between 500 and 6000 cubic feet per second. This has kept the water in the lake fresh and highly oxygenated as well as keeping a neutral PH balance. This has enabled many species of plants, which Walleyes love, to flourish such as Musky Cabbage, Pickerel Weed, Duck Weed, Canary Weed, Tape Grass and Plantain. Shoreline plants such as Wild Rice, Lilly Pads and Bulrush are also very common. Combining these species of plants with a diverse rocky to sandy bottom structure and the availability of beaches, sandbars and rivers for the Walleyes to spawn on, Lac Seul became the perfect Walleye Lake.
It's not uncommon for guests to catch 80 Walleyes in a day or even more. Some guests have reported hitting that magic 100 Walleyes in a day mark but that would be a really hard day of fishing with no time to relax. There are many spots on the lake where you will find non-stop action. These non-stop areas are usually schools of smaller males, which are most common in the 1 to 2.5 pound range. Mixed in with them will be bigger Walleyes and out of 80 Walleyes you should pull in lots that are around 3 pounds and a few bigger ones that are in the 4 to 6-pound range. Catching Walleye after Walleye is a lot of fun and that's what most of our guests want. It's especially entertaining to kids or people that have never experienced this kind of action. Lac Seul offers more than just numbers; Lac Seul is famous for big trophy Walleye.
After a few days of catching tons of Walleyes, many of our guests settle down and start fishing a little deeper for the big trophy Walleyes. Walleyes over 6 pounds are almost always females and during the day they tend to go deeper in the 10 to 15-foot range. When you are drifting past a point and catching lots of 2-pounders, don't be too anxious to pull up and start the drift over. Keep drifting past the shallows and drop your jig right down to the bottom of the lake as it gets deeper because that's where the big females are.
Fishing for big trophy Walleyes is also excellent at dusk. The big females come out of the deeper water and go right into the shallows to hunt down prey. The prime spot is along bulrushes or wild rice with a sandy bottom, which drops off into a deep hole. Another good spot is narrows between islands or at a river mouth. For best results, troll very slow with a small blue floating Rapala or Thunderstick and keep very quiet. Our fishing guests catch plenty of Walleyes in the 30 to 34-inch range, which depending on how fat they are, can be between 7 and 12 pounds. The size of our Walleyes does not stop there. At some point during the summer someone will catch a monster in the 13 to 15 pound range but that is a rare fish. Lac Seul is a big lake and produces big Walleyes. There is a good chance at catching a 10-pounder. Even a 10-pound Walleye is rare but a few of our guests will reel them in at some time during the season. You just have to tell us what you want and our friendly and courteous staff will send you to the hottest spots on the lake.
The location of our camp is one of the more important aspects of our guests' great fishing success. We are in a very remote location and nowhere near any other camps or roads thus the hotspots are reserved for our guests. The lodge is located at Chamberlain Narrows, which is a major water-flow vein of the lake and a prime area for Walleye and Northern Pike migration. As a result our guests enjoy great fishing right off our dock, which has become a social event at the lodge and a great spot for the kids. Chamberlain Narrows is also a major spawning area. Dock Fishing Photo #1 |
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Fishing off the dock video below: Imagine what the hot spots out on the lake are like! Please take note of the sandy beach and tall pine trees in the background. We are located in a beautiful area.
In really big deep wide-open lakes most of the Walleyes are caught out in open water where they have been feeding on Lake Herring, Cisco and Shad. These Walleyes tend to be very lethargic and their meat is translucent and fishy tasting. Even though Lac Seul is one of the largest fresh-water lakes in the world, there are so many islands that the structure is closer to that of a small lake thus our Walleyes eat what Walleyes in small lakes eat. Lac Seul's structure and forage-base has produced Walleyes that not only fight hard, their meat is pure white and they cook up thick and fluffy. Our Walleyes taste as good as Walleyes can taste!