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The weather is the major determinant of what clothes you should bring on a trip to Lake Kipawa. The weather chart below represents weather norms from 1971 to 2000. The weather norms seem acceptable but watch out for those extremes! Accommodations in heated cabins or in tents will impact your clothing requirements as well.

Here’s a suggested list of clothing related items for consideration

Warm weather clothes
Cold weather clothes
Foul weather gear
Waterproof boots
Running shoes
Good hat (ideal for protection from the sun and the rain)
Tuque and scarf


Just about everyone who goes to Lake Kipawa looks forward to meals of fresh fish. However, it is recommended that your grocery list include sufficient supplies for all meals during your stay - sometimes the fish don’t cooperate. Meal plans vary with every group that visits Kipawa. Although rented cabins have some standard equipment, if your meals have special needs, then you better bring it. Most outfitters don’t recommend drinking water from the lake. Consequently, either bring in bottled water or bring a water purifier.

Fishing Equipment

Some folks bring a lot while others bring the bare minimum. It really is an individual choice reflecting the way each person enjoys fishing. Some fishermen prefer to have a separate rod, reel and line for each different type of fishing while others adapt their outfit to each type of fishing. Walleyes, lake trout, northern pike and white fish are available.

Equipment for Walleye Fishing

Methods routinely used to catch walleye include jigging, slip bobbering, bottom bouncing and crankbaiting (trolling or casting). Light action spinning rods and spinning reels spooled with 4 to 8 lb monofilament are routinely used for jigging, slip bobbering and can be used to cast or troll crankbaits. Bottom bouncing usually involves light to medium action rods, level wind reels and 10 to 14 lb monofilament line. Trolling crankbaits can be enhanced if one opts to use a medium action trolling rod and a line counter reel spooled with, for example, 10/4 Fireline. Casting crankbaits is arguably best accomplished using an appropriate rod and a baitcasting reel spooled with 10 to 14 lb monofilament line.

Equipment for Lake Trout Fishing

Trolling something is probably the most popular method of fishing lake trout. Some opt to troll heavy (1 to 2 ounce spoons) on their spinning outfits. Others will long line stickbaits for lakers using their spinning outfits. Another popular method is to use colour coded lead core line. This line changes colour every 30 feet to facilitate knowing how much line is out. Based on an understanding that every 30 feet of lead core line in the water equilibrates to 4 to 6 feet of depth, a fishermen is better able to obtain a certain depth repeatably. This method routinely involves a large level wind reel (capable of spooling on 10 colours) and the attachment of a gang troll to the end of the lead core and some leader material to your bait of choice (dead minnows, spoons, etc). Still, others prefer to use downriggers to fish for lake trout. A downrigger permits a fisherman to fish at any desired depth with light fishing line. The fishing line and the lure/bait are attached to the downrigger cable with a release clip and then the downrigger cable is lowered to the desired fishing depth via the use of a downrigger ball (usually 7 to 10 lbs). When a lake trout strikes, the lure/bait is pulled from the release clip. The fisherman then enjoys the pleasure of fighting the lake trout on light fishing line.

Equipment for Northern Pike Fishing

Typically, one would use an appropriate medium to heavy action rod and a baitcasting reel spooled with 10 to 14 lb monofilament line.

Fishing Tackle

Here again, the choice is limitless. Some tackle boxes are huge. Here are some suggestions

Walleye Tackle

Crankbaits such as 3” Hot-n-tots, Thunderstick Jr Deep divers, Rapala Shad Raps, Rapala Tail Dancers, Rapala Husky Jerks, Cotton Cordell Walleye Minnows, Reef Runners and Yozuri Crystal Minnow Deep Divers.
Jigs of various designs from 1/32 ounce to ½ ounce. Jigs are often used with plastic heads and bodies (e.g. Berkley Power baits).
Worm Harness’s can be made or purchased. Popular purchased worm harnesses include Littl’ Joe and Float N’Spin by Northland.
Bobbers and/or slip bobber outfits for use with crawlers or leeches.
Quality bait hooks in size 4 or 6 or bigger. The curve of the hook should probably be close to the width of the tip of your pinky.
Split shot (¼ ounce).
Casting spoons like Little Cleos (1/3 and 1/4 oz) in nickel/blue, nickel/green and nickel/chartreuse

Northern Pike Tackle

Spoons such as DareDevils and Williams Whitefish
Little Cleos (1/3 and 1/4 oz) in nickel/blue, nickel/green and nickel/chartreuse
Leaders to prevent bite offs (e.g. titanium leaders)

Lake Trout Tackle

Gang trolls (e.g. Big Hammers) of various lengths (up to 5 feet)
Heavy (1 ounce to 2 ounce) trolling spoons (e.g. Luhr Jensen Crocodile) Sutton flutter spoons (e.g. #71) trolled from lead core or downriggers
Casting spoons like EGBs (e.g. #3 to #5) and Little Cleos in nickel/blue, nickel/green and nickel/chartreuse
Assorted crankbaits
Threading needle (to thread a leader through a dead minnow)

Recommendations for things to consider bringing with you in the boat

Personal Flotation Device
Minimum safety gear (rope, bailer, whistle, light, etc)
Emergency food supply (e.g. granola bars, candy bars)
Space blankets in case of an unplanned overnight stay in the bush
Electric trolling motor and battery as emergency power
Drinking water (or small water purifier) or other beverage of your choice
Portable sonar unit
GPS unit
Bathymetric maps
FRS/GMRS radios to stay in contact with your fishing colleagues
Fishing nets (rubberized preferred to protect fish that will be released)
Fish stringers (by the way, it is illegal to cull fish from stringers)
Filet knife
Hand/lure cleaner that removes scents to increase your success
Floating location buoys (to identify locations of fishing structure)
Sun block - you will be exposed to a lot of sunlight out on the water.
Lip balm with sunscreen
Sunglasses (polarized lenses preferred)
Bug Repellant – products containing 98%-100% DEET work well
Alternatively, use mosquito jackets, pants and gloves or try White Mountain Insect Repellent (non DEET product)
Afterbite (in case your bug repellents didn't work 100%)
Waterproof matches (in case you need to stop and start a fire)
Light source (LED flashlight, head lamp or lantern)
Pliers for removing hooks from fish and/or yourself or others
Wirecutters for cutting hooks
Cooler designated as the fish cooler for the boat
Swimming goggles (for underwater repairs on boat, transducer, prop, etc., or if you have to dive for something that went overboard)

First Aid Kits

It is strongly recommended that you have a mini first aid kit with you at all times. A small lidded tupperware container works well and should be stocked with first aid things such as a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide, band aids, roll of gauze, roll of medical waterproof tape and a needle and thread

Miscellaneous Items to Consider Bringing

Sleeping Bag (and cotton sheet for inside sleeping bag)
Bath towels
Hand towels
Normal toiletries including any prescription drugs
Unscented soaps/shampoos – scented soaps are the dinner bell for mosquitoes
Flip flops or canvas running shoes for swimming or cliff jumping
Zip lock freezer bags to bring home fish
Aluminum foil and Saran Wrap
Spare LED flashlight
Extra batteries (for FRS/GMRS radios, GPS unit, sonar unit, flashlights, etc)
Extra pair reading glasses if you wear glasses
Matches for starting propane stoves, gas BBQs or campfires
Quickflame fire starters (for starting fires on wet days)
Charcoal (and Charcoal lighter fluid)
Coleman lantern (naphtha powered or battery powered)
Paper towels and/or Handi-Wipes
Water bottles
Small coolers
Big Coolers
Chemical-Freeze paks (can be more convient than ice)
Trash Bags
Dish detergent
Roll of Duct Tape
Alarm Clock
Battery powered detectors (for CO and smoke)
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