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Paint Lake Lodge
Thompson, Manitoba, Canada
Phone: 1-204-677-9303


We feel that this following article written by Bill Stilwell about Paint Lake Lodge really says it best!

Fishing Northern Manitoba

When fishing is good at Paint Lake, it is great, according to Ken Biglow, and Ken should know, as he has been fishing this lake for five decades

“Nobody knows this lake better than Ken,” said Rick Leger. “This guy is a true gentleman.”

Ken is a guide at Paint Lake Lodge which is owned and operated by Barry & Kathy Ruiter . This is a full service lodge with a top rate dining room, lodging, marina and out posts camps. The lodge is located at the Paint Lake Marina, about twenty minutes south of Thompson on Highway 375 just off Highway 6. The lodge is also close to other major attractions such as Pisew Falls and the Spirit Way Trail in Thompson.

Fishing Northern ManitobaFishing Northern ManitobaDespite being the favorite fishing hole for virtually everyone in Thompson, the province's third largest city, Paint Lake continues to consistently produce top notch fishing action year after year. This is a testament to the lake's ability to naturally replenish its stocks.

Paint Lake is part of the Grass River System, which produces healthy populations of walleye that constantly re-stock lakes throughout the system

While this is a great fishing lake, it also has much more to offer. It is the ideal place for visitors interested in history, wildlife viewing and nature photography. With this in mind, Ken did a terrific job of combining a fishing trip with nature viewing.

My Paint Lake fishing trip adventure took place in mid-september, a time of year when fewer boats are out on the water. We headed out onto the lake in a 16-foot aluminum boat, on a cool and windy autumn day. We bounced across the white caps towards East Grass River.

Ken maneuvered the boat skillfully using his extensive knowledge to follow a sheltered path, but first he swung past an archeological site along the way. Next he pointed out an eagle nest and a variety of wildlife including loons and osprey. He piloted the boat through scenic points and then in to a quiet cove where we anchored. It didn't take long until Ken's finesse paid off and we were soon pulling in a few nice walleye.

As we finished he related stories of the early explorers, the lake's history as a travel route, and about the 2 000 year old campground we had passed en route. His stories were only interrupted when he landed a fish.

After a great day on the lake we pulled up anchor. This is when Ken demonstrated his unique “catch and release” technique as the stringer let loose.

We met up with Keith and Chad Redman who were piloting a larger boat and they offered to break the waves on the open water on our trip home. We decided to take advantage of their generous offer and headed in.

Many people arrive at the lodge by approaching on the Highway from the south while others opt to fly from Winnipeg to Thompson using the services of Calm Air. They offer excellent scheduled service to Thompson and other northern communities. Regardless of how you arrive, visitors are well advised to spend a day or two in this delightful city.

Paint Lake really is a great fishing and eco-tourism destination and the Paint Lake Lodge truly is a first-class operation that deserves a visit.