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Subscriber John Schneider checked in last month with a rave review of a lodge in Saskatchewan that just keeps on winning plaudits. He writes: “So, how is famed Wollaston Lake in northern Saskatchewan holding up after many years of fishing pressure? Well, my wife and I just returned from Wollaston Lake Lodge (, and we can confirm that the fishing has never been better. The lodge has been completely renovated. It is now a four-star facility. They have excellent 18-foot Lund boats with new 80-horsepower Yamaha four-stroke outboards with trolling motors for use on the main lake, plus numerous smaller craft at the many fly-out locations. They have two fully restored turbine otter floatplanes for fly-outs, nice cabins with private baths, exercise equipment, Internet, bar, TV lounge, and dining room. Meals are excellent, including the shore lunches.

“On our latest trip, my wife and I sight fished for trophy pike each day, taking many fish over 40 inches. My wife’s best fish was a 46 incher that weighed 30 pounds. Many of the guests at the lodge opted to fish for walleye, grayling, or lake trout while we were there. Several guests caught more than 100 fish per day. Wollaston Lake is huge. It is 110 miles long by 45 miles wide with many islands, bays, creeks, and so on. The guides here are all young and enthusiastic.

“Guests of Wollaston Lake Lodge have to make their way to Winnipeg where they spend the first night in a very nice hotel before boarding a 50-passenger charter plane that takes them to a landing strip on the lake. There, a school bus picks them up for the 40-minute drive to the lodge. The hotel, the charter flight, the fishing, and the meals are all included in the basic price. Our five-night, four-day fishing package cost us around $6,000 per person, which included tackle rental, tips, floatplane fly-out, and bar tab. Most folks choose the package we chose, though some stay for longer periods. We met many guests who have been returning to this lodge for as long as 30 years. That says a lot about the place. All of the fishing is catch and release except those kept for shore lunches. Wollaston Lake Lodge provides a wilderness-like experience in one of the most comfortable lodges I have ever visited. We will go back for sure. Tight lines!”

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