Flying kayaks into a northern Ontario lake makes for a wild fishing adventure


The author with a walleye caught on a full-sinking fly line and a 4″ tinsel fly


Rocky and ringed with boreal forest, Bulldozer is a classic pike-and-walleye Canadian Shield lake for northern pike and walleye. It’s also oddly shaped, with three basins, each about a kilometre long, all connected by crooked, relatively narrow channels. The cabin was on the middle basin, which we called “Home Bay,” providing easy access to the basins north and south of us.

The evening we arrived, I tried out my fly rod from the dock and caught 12 fish in 15 casts, including mid-sized walleye and a few pike in the 24- to 28-inch range. Don quickly dubbed the latter “two-footers,” and over the next week, their twisting, hurtling antics provided a lot of entertainment. Between the best dock fishing I’d ever had, Wesley Rocks and a shallow, weedy point Don called the “Fish Counter,” we liked Home Bay a lot. Then we discovered what happens when a brisk south wind blows down the North Channel.