Vaughan Lake Outpost

Guests: 2 to 10, in two cabins
Flight Distance: 44 miles, 19 minutes
Fly-in/Out Days: Any
Fish Species: Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Perch
Lake Size: 11,653 acres, very large
Shoreline: 86 miles (139 km)
Portage Lakes: Cherry Lake
Other Camps on Lake: Yes, there is at least one other camp.

Camp Description

Vaughan Lake is actually a bay of Lac Seul, measuring 25 miles in length and 4 miles in width at it widest point. VAUGHAN LAKE is a virtual Walleye factory. There is a high population of Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass and Perch, which are often overlooked. There is another adjoining lake to fish on as well.

At Vaughan Lake, enjoy a 34′ x 34′ three bedroom cabin with screened porch and a smaller 20′ X 24′ cabin. The outpost has hot & cold running water, nice shower, flush toilets, filtered water supply, solar power, propane stove & lights, two refrigerators, freezer, and can accommodate up to 10 people.

Boats and motors are new featuring dependable 16′ extra wide Lund Boats with Yamaha motors. For your safety we include satellite phone communication with the flying service.

There are 5 gallon jugs of drinking water at the camp or plenty of water bottles. There is also a well with beautiful clean cool drinking water.

Walleye Fishing

From the satellite photo, Vaughan Lake looks like a remote bay of Lac Seul. Vaughan Lake is connected to Lac Seul via a small channel that’s a few miles long and even though Vaughan Lake is considered to be a different lake, the Walleyes don’t know this thus Lac Seul makes Vaughan Lake one of the hottest Walleye Lakes in Ontario. There are several reasons for this:

The channel to Vaughan Lake is located in the dead-center of Lac Seul. The English River runs into Lac Seul 75 miles northeast and runs out 75 northwest of the channel. The river is too far away for spawning Walleyes, which are located in the center of the lake. Vaughan Lake is the only safe place in the whole area for Walleyes to spawn. Every spring, countless numbers of Walleye migrate into Vaughan Lake. The really big trophy Walleyes, which are female, travel to Vaughan so they can spawn in peace and not get eaten by Muskie. For every female that migrates to Vaughan Lake, 50 males are following. Muskie are claustrophobic and always stay in areas facing the open lake, so it’s rare for a Muskie to venture through the channel and into Vaughan Lake.

Season opens June 15th because Vaughan Lake is a Provincial Fish Sanctuary and the main spawning grounds for Lac Seul. Other lakes in Ontario open the third Saturday in May.

While the Walleyes are spawning, spring water levels start to drop making the channel shallower. The water in the channel warms quicker then the lake thus massive Northern Pike move into the area and literally turn the channel into a gauntlet of teeth. The Walleyes are trapped in Vaughan Lake all summer and cannot get back to Lac Seul until the late fall or early winter when the Pike leave the shallows and go deep.

As a result, Walleye fishing in Vaughan Lake is easier then bobbing for apples. Walleyes are very common in the 16 to 23-inch range. In the evening the big females come out of the deep water and patrol the shoreline for minnows. You will catch bigger Walleyes in the 4 to 6-pound range during the day.

You can sacrifice numbers and fish deeper with a worm harness on a 3-way swivel rig and catch the big trophy Walleyes, which can reach over 10 pounds. If you stick to the rocky points and dark-water off the sandy points and sandbars, you can easily catch between 50 and 100 Walleyes per day. Vaughan Lake is an unbelievable Walleye fishing lake.

Northern Pike Fishing

This is an interesting lake to fish. It’s named as a lake but really it’s a remote bay of the famous Lac Seul and connected to Lac Seul by a long narrow channel. Lac Seul has Muskie and Muskie are claustrophobic. They stay off weed lines, bays and rocky points that face the open water. This leaves all the back bays, weedy narrows and channels to be dominated by Northern Pike.

As we said in our Walleye section, massive numbers of Walleyes migrate from Lac Seul into Vaughan Lake in the spring to spawn. Their only escape is the channel but by the time they finished spawning, it’s too late to go back to Lac Seul because the water has become too low. Northern Pike move into the channel to eat any Walleyes that do try to escape.

The Northern Pike instinctively know the Walleyes are trapped in the lake. In the main part of Lac Seul, Pike are competing with Muskie. As a result, all summer long large Trophy Northern Pike are moving into Vaughan Lake to feast on Walleyes. The Muskie do not follow.

Pike are common in the 5 to 7-pound range just like any northern Ontario lake. If you specifically fish for Pike, you have a really good chance of catching a couple in the 25+pound range. Lac Seul is big water and produces big fish so there will be a lot of Trophy Northern over 25-pounds in the lake.

In the spring and summer they will be spread out along the shore while hunting down walleyes. In the fall, they head back up to the northeastern end of the lake again and usually by the time it starts snowing, they take off back into Lac Seul and go deep for the winter.

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Lynx and Vaughan Lake both have outstanding Smallmouth Bass fishing. Most lakes in Northwestern Ontario have similar conditions and habitat and can grow big Smallmouth Bass but our lakes are remote fly-in outpost lakes and due to low fishing pressure, they produce unusually large Smallmouth Bass and great numbers. Combining the rocky Canadian Shield structure with the fact that both lakes are constantly being fed food and fresh water from feeder streams, Lynx Lake and Vaughan Lake have Smallmouth Bass fishing just as good as any of the top Smallmouth Bass lakes in Ontario

Smallmouth Bass seem more common in the 1 to 3-pound range. The reason for this is Smallmouth Bass travel in hunting packs and when you come up on a shoal that the bass have taken command of, you will catch tons of them in the 1 to 3-pound range. Bigger Smallmouth Bass travel in mating pairs. Generally, they mate with a bass the same size so if you catch a 4 or 5-pound Smallmouth Bass, there will be another one in the same area.

Smallmouth Bass in the 4 to 5-pound range are caught frequently at our outpost lakes. If you are catching tons of small ones, you are in the wrong place if you are looking for a trophy. The bigger Smallmouth Bass not only travel in mating pairs; they stake out territories. If you come to a nice shoal or rocky point and you do not catch anything right away, it usually means there is a big pair in the area.
There are 6 and even 7-pound Smallmouth Bass in our lakes but they are rare, which is why they are considered trophies. When you find a spot that looks great and you do not catch anything, come back an hour later and be very quiet as to not spook them.

If you want you can work hard and catch 30 to 50 bass in a day. That would be from concentrating on areas with high populations of smaller bass. If you specifically want to catch a trophy bass, you need to sacrifice numbers and patiently fish the prime areas. If you are not catching small ones, then you know the big ones are there. Lac Seul is swarming with Smallmouth Bass. While Smallmouth Bass fishing, you will catch Walleyes and Northern Pike as well. If you find a prime bass area and do not catch anything, it might mean a giant Pike has moved into the area. If you exhaust all your bass techniques, throw on a big Pike lure and see what happens.

Yellow Perch Fishing

The Yellow Perch is one of the most common fish species found in Ontario. They are not officially considered a game fish but they are highly prized by fisherman as they are one of the best tasting fish in the world.

In Lynx Lake and Vaughan Lake, there are lots of Perch and many reach the size status of Jumbo Perch. Usually you find Perch hiding in the weeds with the bigger ones out to the edge of the weeds. They will also stay and mingle with schools of Walleyes for protection from Pike.

With a Sports License you can bring 50 Perch home with you. This way you have enough meat to invite your friends over for the big fish fry.

Portage Lakes

Ther is a short portage to Cherry Lake.

Camp Amenities:

  • Running Water: Yes
  • Washroom: Indoor
  • Shower: Yes
  • Fridge: Propane
  • Stove: Propane
  • Lights: Solar
  • Electricity: Yes, Gas Generator and Solar Electric
  • BBQ: Propane
  • Heating: Wood Stove
  • Deck: Yes
  • Radio or Satellite Phone: Yes
  • Boats: 16′ Lund with padded swivel seats
  • Motors: 9.9 and 15HP Yamaha 4-stroke motors
  • Other: Propane Fish Cooker, Screened-in Fish Cleaning House, Drinking Water

Air Service provided by:
Wilderness Air Escapes
Vermilion Bay, Ontario
Long Lake
49.869057, -93.401703

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Additional Details

  • Other Features:2 Guests Minimum, 10+ Guests Occupancy
  • Boats:16' Boats, 9.9HP Motors, 15HP Motors
  • Water Body:Portage Lake(s), Larger Lake (>4000 acres)
  • Cabin Features:Running Water, Shower, Electricity, Gas Generator, Solar Power, Flush Toilet, Satellite Phone/Two-Way Radio/inReach
  • Fish Species:Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Perch
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