VBL Guest Profile #1…"The Round Island Boys"

In this new series, “The Guests of Vermilion Bay Lodge”, we will shine our spotlight on those folk who make the annual trek to Eagle Lake in NW Ontario. Who are they and what makes them tick? The “Round Island Boys” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin….an enigma wrapped in a shroud of mystery? A group of walleye anglers led by a leader driven by the need to catch as many fish, and drink as many beer, as possible? Let’s view the details…….

Back row (left to right)…..Arnie Novak…..known for catching geriatric walleye and landing the “big one” while fishing solo. Steve Blatter….has been seen trimming trees at the lodge around cabin #6 to allow for better monitoring of Round Island…a seasoned walleye veteran. Rob Hanel…don’t let his sleepy demeanor fool you, his walleye catching prowess is second only to his ability to smoke cigars and consume Labatt’s Blue. Front row (left to right)….Pat Mitchell…reluctant bottom bouncer and accidental muskie angler….knows his way to the beer fridge. Mike Mitchell…known for his ability to navigate Eagle Lake and, in particular, a route to Round Island in a fog. Also, passionately driven to try and pull the starter cords out of the camp motors.

Favourite time to fish Eagle Lake Ontario…………end of August, Early September

Favourite cabin at Vermilion Bay Lodge……………cabin #6

Favourite activities……..jigging for walleye, shorelunch, campfires, sitting on the deck by cabin #6, cigars, beer, fishing Eagle Lake, relaxing in the screened porch, harassing each other.

Favourite fishing hole……..it might be Round Island??


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If you’re looking for an outstanding vacation spot for the serious fisherman or a family get away you should consider Vermillion Bay Lodge on Eagle Lake, Ontario Canada. We have stayed at many lake resorts over the years, but none offer the simple pleasures of this one. The lake is large enough and holds enough fish for the most adventuresome fisherman and yet easy for local family fishing for young children. Bring your own boat or use one of the aluminum boats (20 hp) at the lodge. Boat dockage is well protected from the wind and allows easy access to the water.

What sets this lodge apart from most others is it is always clean, well kept with lots to do including paddle boats canoes, bon fires in the evenings and a just plain friendly atmosphere.

Bruce & Sally

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