So, you've just secured your reservation at Rough Rock Outpost to experience the Ontario fishing season for some of the best fishing in Canada, but what now? The first thing you can do— besides making sure your favourite tackle is in order—ensures that you're fully prepared by creating a travel packing list. One of the best parts about booking your fishing trip early is that you'll have ample time to research and ask questions. One of the most apparent advantages to staying with Rough Rock is we'll make sure you're fed. All you need is your suitcase and gear! But still, you'll want to make sure you have all the right items to fully enjoy your vacation. After booking your stay, we recommend using our travel packing list and travel tips as a template for what to bring.

Smart Travel Tips for a Canada Fishing Trip

Before you make your way to the dense forests and remote lakes of the Ontario wilderness, ask a trusted friend or family member if they can keep an eye on your home. Knowing that you have a responsible person looking after your domain will help you keep your mind on fishing as you explore the nooks and crannies of Rough Rock Lake. It's also not a bad idea to reach out to your financial institutions to let them know you'll be travelling to avoid triggering a false red flag. The last thing you want on your vacation is getting locked out of your accounts! Finally, be sure to have a hard copy of your travel packing list and other important documents for easy access. And be sure to visit Ontario's official website to secure your Ontario fishing license!

An Ontario Fishing Trip Checklist

Having the option to dress in layers is essential for maximizing your comfort and mitigating weather conditions. Even during the summer months, the temperatures can vary, meaning some mornings can be brisk, but the air usually warms up quite a bit by mid-day. Below, we put together a few items that will be incredibly useful:

  • Personal items like medication
  • A small backpack
  • A wide range of pants, shirts, underwear, and socks
  • Wool base layers to prevent saturation
  • Insect repellent
  • Fishing hat
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

Lures for Fishing in Ontario

Because they are so important and come in various styles, we decided to dedicate a section to lures. For walleye, you'll want jigs ranging from ½ to ⅝ oz to combat river currents and crankbaits that mimic minnow or perch. If you're going to target bass, be sure to have some Mepp's #3, #4, or #5, Vibrax #5 or #6, ½ oz or larger spinnerbaits, rattlers, or soft plastics. As for pike, they'll attack any of the above lures but also have a penchant for spoons. And when it comes to musky, you'll want to have a wide variety of presentations, so try what you like and have fun!

Rough Rock Outpost: Like No Other Fishing Lodge in Canada

There are bound to be a few more items you can add to your travel packing list to give it a personal touch, but the one above should point you in the right direction. Be sure to check out our FAQs page for additional information and the rates and packages page for a review of your stay. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions by calling 712-490-6891 from October 25th to May 10th or 807-224-3403 from May 11th to October 24th.