Forrest Lodge is surrounded by a cold water lake with clear to semi-stained water. It’s approximately 20 miles long and over 23,000 acres with depths up to 250 feet deep.
There are numerous rock-bottom structures with lots of islands and weedy bays offering unlimited fishing opportunities for Walleye, the rare Blue Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish and Lake Trout.
Bring your ultra-light fly fishing gear for fast Brook Trout action in nearby rivers. Whether fly fishing, jigging, casting or trolling, we guarantee you’ll be enjoying a fresh, mouth-watering, delicious shore lunch or dinner.
We ask our guests to please practice conservation while you’re on vacation. Caribou Lake has a healthy fish environment due to the practice of catch and release of large, healthy fish.
Besides, the best eaters, especially for Walleyes, are the 16-17 fish. So keep the ones you’re going to eat while here on vacation and let the others go to grow!
We appreciate your cooperation to keep Caribou Lake fishery healthy for future generations.
Present your eight day conservation licenses and we will credit the cost of your licenses toward your one booking week or more of lodging.
Our rental boats are 16 ft. Lund SSV's with electric start 30 Hp Yamaha motors. They come with two swivel seats with backs, landing net, bait bucket, two 5-gallon gas tanks, safety kit, life vests, two paddles and a cooler with ice to keep your catch ice cold and fresh. They are very roomy, comfortable and reliable. Boats are gassed and iced every morning, all you need to do is get in and go fish. 2 people min., 3 people max.
If you opt to bring an electric trolling motor, we will supply you with an extra battery. Depth finders are good to have but not necessary.
A Walleye's main source of bait is minnows. The use of leeches and crawlers is sporadic throughout the season. When fishing Caribou Lake, always have a variety of bait and lures. Early season you can find them by the numerous inlets and outlets, back bays, channels and along the rocky shoreline. Trolling stick baits or popping a jig tipped with a minnow along the bottom will produce a 16-18 inch delicacy. Have your camera ready in case it’s 28+ inches or the rare Blue Walleye.
Pike will feed on anything that moves: walleyes, minnows, crawlers, leeches and cisco.
It’s not unusual to be reeling a walleye and have a pike grab on and try to steal your catch. Casting surface or shallow stick baits and deep water trolling will get your heart pounding when a hefty pike follows up for a boat-side strike.You can find the pike almost anywhere you opt to fish: around the islands, in weedy bays or off the structures by deep water. For a real heart stopper, try fly fishing for some BIG action. You’ll catch plenty of nice-sized eaters and take photos of trophies to show off to your jealous friends.
The main sources of bait for trout are cisco and minnows. We have two kinds of trout: the “Fats” or “Siscowet”, with off-white colored meat, is a good fatty fish for smoking. The second is called “Lean” or “Mackinaw”, with pink to orange colored meat and is excellent for grilling. Anything flashy, such as spoons, will be sure to catch their attention and provoke a strike. Shallow fishing in the early months of the season will get you a nice lunch or dinner for the grill. An evening of trolling will be sure to top off the end of a great fishing day.
Bring your fly rod or ultra light for some exciting brook trout fishing near Armstrong. Several miles of remote roads cross many fast-moving streams and rivers. Spring and fall are the best times for going on a road trip for Brookies.
Caribou Lake offers a world-class fishery, and we ask our guests to help us by practicing catch and release of trophy fish and Blue Walleye. As we say, fresh is always better than frozen. Please help us preserve Caribou Lake for future generations to come and enjoy.
Present your eight day conservation licenses and we will credit the cost of your licenses toward your lodging.