Barker Bay Resort & Outposts!
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Barker Bay Resort on Scenic
Lower Manitou Lake is 20 miles by boat from Esox Landing or 50 air
miles from Fort Frances which is located on the
at International Falls. Charter Flight service is available, contact us
for more information. The waterway consists of Esox Lake, the Manitou
Stretch, Lower Manitou Lake, the Manitou Straits and Upper Manitou Lake
which together is over 32,000 acres. The crystal clear waters can reach
depths up to 300 feet. The rocky shoreline, numerous islands and many
bays give great structure for fishing and also offers shelter whether
is windy or calm. With this variety of waters it consistently produces
above average catches of LAKE TROUT, SMALL MOUTH BASS, NORTHERNS and
those MANITOU MONSTER MUSKIES!
for a large map view of Lower Manitou.
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of the Manitou
Licenses - All licenses and bait
need to be
purchased prior to arriving at the resort.
18 years of age and over must
purchase a license,
those under 18 may fish without a license if accompanied by an adult
who has a fishing license. Any fish caught are part of the catch and
possession limit of the adult who holds the license. Or you may
purchase a license for the child and they will have the same catch and
possession limits as an adult. You can now purchase your
licenses online as well as buy them in person.
"Here" to purchase license online
for Fishing Photos 2010 - 2012
for Fishing Photos 2013 - 2018
for Ontario Fishing Regulations
for Information on Non-Canadian Resident Outdoors Card Requirement
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter you can catch Trout at Barker Bay. The
clear waters of the Manitou allow you the joy of seeing your fish
before you can reach it with your net. Average sizes are from 4 to 9
pounds, however every year guests come in with photos of 20+
pounders! May finds them near the surface, by June in fairly shallow
water early in the month, but will move deeper as the water
July and August find them deep. In
September they start
moving into shallow water again, the season closes September 30th and
again on January 1st. Winter ice fishing offers another thrill
altogether through the ice.
- 8 to 20 lb. test line with 20 to 50 lb. steel leaders, Spoons, Little
Cleo's (silver & blue), MEPPS #4-#5 (whitetails), Skirted lead
jigs, MEPPS Cyclops, Rapala #7 Tail Dancer/Silver, #12 Deep down Husky
Jerk/Silver and Silver/Blue, Sutton spoons and hammered copper.White Tube Jigs.
MANITOU MONSTER MUSKIES:
numerous bays, 20 ft deep weed beds teeming with baitfish,
occasional stained bays that have healthy Northern Pike and Small Mouth
Bass populations. These structural elements allow the Manitou to have
fine season-long fishing with 50+ inch fish caught from June through
October. We promote "catch and release" in order to continue to sustain
and reproduce these Monster Muskies.
- 30 lb. or heavier test line with 30-50 lb. steel leaders, Big
Bucktails, Believers, MEPPS #5 and all in between up to the Giant
Killers, Bull Dawgs, Suicks, Rapalas, Cowgirls or just about anything
book author George Sandell caught his Lifetime Largest Fish (54.5”)
from the Manitou and Len Hartman dedicated a special chapter of his
book to the Manitou. His Lifetime Largest Fish (50.5 lbs.) was caught
in Barker Bay. Several Barker Bay visitors have caught their Lifetime
Largest Fish here. Shouldn’t you be next?
With the Canadian Jackfish, it's not
bring in the large fighters. These clear, cold waters produce fish
that are fast and furious when you hook one and give you a great
fishing experience. They range in depths of 10 to 15 feet in the spring
to mid-summer. Once the waters start to warm they can be found down
around 30 to 35 feet.
- 10 to 17 lb. test line with 20-50 lb. steel leaders, Rapalas like #8
Shad Rap in Crawdad, Deep Divers (15ft or more) Spoons such as
Daredevils or Little Cleo's, MEPPS spinners #3, #4 and #5.
fighters average 1 to 2 pounds and can give you a good run for
your money. As stated by Outdoor News, The Sunset Country region of
Northwest Ontario has the best Small Mouth Bass fishing in the world.
They lay waiting along the rugged boulder shorelines, rocky reefs and
- 4 to 10 lb. test line, MEPPS spinners #3, #4 and #5, 3/8 oz jigs
w/twister tails (white, yellow, chartreuse and purple), beetle
spinners, #5 or #7 Jointed Shad Raps (red crawdad or crawdad) or
Rattletraps and Top water plugs (crayfish or minnow colored)
Though the Manitou is not a Walleye
is a bay that does have some
walleyes, this 32
1/2 inch walleye was caught and released in 2010.
Day trips there and to some side lakes for Walleyes can be
arranged on request.
have two Lund 17-foot Outfitters with 50 HP electric start Honda 4
stroke motors and two 18-foot Crestliner Canadians with 50 HP electric
start Yamaha 4 stroke motors. These are equipped with bow mounted
motors, graphs, live wells, padded swivel seats and electric trim/tilt.
All boats are equipped with landing nets, paddles and life vests,
however you may want to bring your own life vest to ensure a proper fit.
service is available. Your experienced guide will help make
sure your day of fishing is enjoyable and successful. They
you to the areas that are producing the fish you prefer. As
Plan Guest a special treat will be the traditional Canadian
that your guide will prepare after a busy morning on the lake. Guides
must be requested when you make your reservation.
and oil are available for purchase and there is electricity (No charge)
at the dock.
fish-cleaning shack and fish cleaning and freezer services.
is a wood
fired sauna and we have great camp fires
by the lake.