We flew into Saskatoon and the next day drove north to LaRonge Sask., where we got on a floatplane for a 30 min flight into the lodge. We were greeted at the docks by DJ & Dawn themselves, the owners of the Black Bear Island outfitter's lodge. They're young couple that is extremely people oriented. Immediately they have a line of the employees who started helping to unload the plane and haul our gear up to our Cabins. Our cabin sit on the waters edge and our front door opens up looking over the lake. After settling in we met DJ at the lodge for dinner and did all of our paper work for the week, like fishing and hunting licenses and such.
No money other then, I paid my initial deposit months before, will be dealt with on the last day.
This was a combination fishing/hunting trip. The fishing was awesome to say the least. I have fished many times and many trips to Canada but this trip tops the list. I highly recommend this place to just come and fish. Your guides know the waterways and are great fishermen themselves. You don't need much to catch a fish of a lifetime.
You can tell that some recent renovations and construction had been done and was going on, and DJ spoke of plans to do more soon. If the place were much nicer it wouldn?t seem right.
The cabins seemed new and had flushing toilets and hot showers. It was kept spotless and clean. Food was fantastic. Scenery is pristine and outstanding.
Check their website out at: http://www.blackbearisland.com/index.htm
Black Bear Island Lodge
Bear hunting for us and most everyone there found it long and tough. We did not see bears but found plenty of tell tale signs of them. The main problem was the blue berry crop was plentiful that time of the year and more this year than others. The bears just weren't hitting the bait that well. They have 15 bears taken that fall season posted on their website and some with guns and others with compound bows so they can accommodate both types of hunts.
DJ offers a 100% guarantee on getting a shot on a bear. If for some reason you don't see a bear you have the option to stay until you do, or you tell him what the trip was worth to you. It?s your call, I chose to stay and the next day with more relocating to a new stand and more bait I tagged my bear. A nice specimen around 225 lbs. but I worked long and hard that week for him. I saw a larger bear after I took mine and I know there are some big ones in those north woods. He won't promise a harvest cause no one knows if you can shoot or not but you will get the opportunity to sooner or later. It's was a fun adventure and a great vacation. I'd recommend saving up and book this one. It gets my Two Thumbs Up.
Edited by Rowdy Yates, 30 May 2007 - 03:37 PM.