Fishing Lake Kipawa

Main Species and Limits



The bread and butter fish of the Canadian wilderness, this species must have been created to please the stomachs of hungry anglers. There is no fish so well suited for the frying pan, nor so plentiful in the lake. From when the water in the shallow bays warm in early June to when the water turns over in October, the prized Walleye is willing to bite a jig tipped with a crawler or a leech or a live leech suspended below a slip bobber. Slow trolling crawler harnesses is a sure-fire technique throughout the season. For those who prefer artificial baits, minnow imitating lures like Rapalas work well earlier in the season, then deeper diving crankbaits like the Hot n’ Tot produce well into September. While our guests often release Walleye in the 28″-30″ range, the average fish is 15″-19″.  Possession Limit: 6 Walleye 14 1/2″ to 20 3/4″ (37 cm – 53 cm)
Scroll down to the “TWO MOON TACKLE BOX” to read about our must-have walleye tackle.

Lake Trout

Lake Kipawa’s claim to fame is its outstanding Lake Trout fishery. These cold water char are ferocious feeders who follow the lake’s abundant herring schools. In May and early June they are fished by flatlining trolling spoons or body baits, casting or jigging points and shoals. As the surface water warms, the trout move deeper and for most of the season they are below 25ft. Downriggers, trolling wire or lead core line or deep jigging is the way to get lures down to them in the summer.  The water around Two Moon Lodge is some of the best Trout habitat on Kipawa, and with the right technique and conditions, catching and releasing 5 or 6 an hour is common.
Possession Limit: 1 Lake Trout over 25 3/4″ (65 cm)

Northern Pike


These monsters are the prize of the serious anglers who spend their day casting spinner baits, spoons or body baits into the weed beds and back bays. Two Moon Lodge is blessed with superb pike waters in nearby Wolf Bay, Ace Bay and the islands in Loon Bay. In mid summer, Pike are targeted off mid-lake shoals, islands and points.  The average Northerns run in the 24″ range, with the big fish each year being a 42-45″” lunker, usually live-released to be caught again next year. Possession Limit: 6 Pike, with no size restrictions. (Camp etiquette encourages that pike larger than 36″ are live released)

Smallmouth Bass


These feisty fighters are incredibly abundant in the waters of Kipawa’s North Arm. Since they are active feeders during the day, they make for an exciting addition to the evening walleye bite. Anglers who target the bass do very well catching large numbers of 18 and 20 inch lunkers. They will readily hit Mepps spinners tipped with a minnow, soft baits, jigs, surface poppers, flies  or crank baits. Shallow rock shoals and points or sandy drop offs produce best. Two Moon Lodge offers an incredible smallmouth bass fishery. Possession Limit: 6 Smallmouth Bass with no size restrictions

Fishing Regulations Regarding Cleaning, Packaging and Transportation 

Consult the Quebec Fishing Regulations for details applying to Reserve Kipawa, Zone 13 West. Be sure you know the new rules or ask us if you have questions.

Fishing Licences

All anglers must possess a valid Quebec Fishing Licence, or valid exemption. Non-residents of Quebec are encouraged to purchase a licence online in advance of your trip at

The Two Moon Tackle Box

The essential, must-have, don’t-leave-home-without-em’ fishing tackle for your trip.

Jigs: 1/8 and 1/4 ounce sinking jigs. Bright colours (pink, florescent green, yellow, glow). Tip with crawler or leech. All year walleye still fishing, jigging or casting, plus bass and pike.Rapala or Lures: J-3 and 5, jointed or straight, floating or AC Shiner or similar small, realistic body baits. Orange belly, green, orange, silver, blue, perch or tiger patterns. Best for spring walleye/pike/bass trolling.

Hot n’ Tot Lures: Small size, metallic finishes:gold, gold/black, gold/orange, purple, pink or red, blue/silver. Best for summer walleye and bass trolling, spring casting.

Storm Thin Fin Lures: Small sizes (#6). Silver/Gold, Silver/Blue, Silver/Green, Perch. Best for Lake Trout trolling, spring walleye trolling.

Slip Bobber with Hook: A tiny split-shot sinker suspends a small, red hook below a floating slip-bobber with a stopper to set the depth. If you aren’t sure, ask at the tackle shop. Bait with a live leech. Best for all-season walleye and bass drop-shot still fishing. Spinner Rig Crawler Harness: Buy pre-tied rigs with double hooks. Look for the lightest available and avoid wire leaders. Bright colour blades or gold work best. Use a in-line sinker or bottom bouncer weight. Combine with leech or worm. Best for summer walleye trolling. And a word about line for walleye: GO LIGHT! 6-8 lbs mono-filament (or 10 lbs braided for jigging/dropshotting). Leave the snap swivels and heavy leaders at home!

The Lake

200,000 Years in the Making

Long ago, North America was under a mile thick sheet of ice. The fishing wasn’t very good back then, but what was happening under the ice sheet was creating ideal conditions for what would later be Two Moon Point. A river of melting glacier water ran under the ice and along its course, rocks, gravel and sand where deposited. When the glacier retreated, it left a feature called an Esker on the ancient river bed. Where the rest of Lake Kipawa sits on Pre-Cambrian bedrock, the area adjacent to Two Moon Lodge has the glacial sand and gravel deposits. This unique feature creates perfect habitat for Walleye and Lake Trout underwater, and excellent structure to hold fish. On land, it created Two Moon Point, a flat, sandy point jutting into the rocky deeps of Lake Kipawa. The place was so ideal that it was the site of the first lodge in the area. In the 1920’s Americans would travel by train and steamer to Two Moon point to enjoy the Kipawa’s charm (and drink during the Prohibition).

No need for a long boat ride to the good fishing spots. Stay where the fish are!