I once guided a 5-year-old kid who didn’t know how to cast, so I took his rod and cast for him. As I cast, I accidentally let go of the rod as a fish struck the hook. The rod was GONE! The kid’s eyes were as big as the moon. That 5-year-old grew up in my boat, and I now call him brother. His name is Derrick.
UNTOLD MEMORIES OF THIS PLACE
LIVE IN THEIR HEARTS.
At Lloyd Lake Lodge, we take on thousands of walleye, give old slough sharks a sore tooth or two, and succumb to the lure of countless lake trout.
THE GIFTS OF OUR GUIDES.
At Lloyd Lake Lodge, we are proud that our guides are local. In many cases, they have grown up here and learned to fish from their grandfather or father, who have likely guided for us over the course of the years too. The connections are everywhere, and the guiding legacy here is rich and intergenerational. It is a privilege to share a boat and learn local fishing lore and Indigenous traditions, including fishing technique and how to clean and prepare fish, from our guides. If you’ve ever tried cleaning a fish, you know it’s more complicated than it looks—it takes a true expert to make it look easy. Observe the speed and grace with which a guide prepares the catch for shore lunch and prepare to be impressed. Bonus: they love sharing their knowledge, so if you want to learn, they are thrilled to teach.
You will be spending a lot of time with your guide, sharing your story with them, and they will be sharing their story with you. We believe this mutual storytelling process is a powerful thing that leaves everyone enriched and with full hearts to carry home.
THEIR STORIES MEAN EVERYTHING TO US BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR FAMILY.
I appreciate when new people come to Lloyd Lake. They are considered family. I ask that you join me in breaking a branch and throwing it in the water every time we get to a new lake. It shows respect to Mother Nature, and the lake has feelings. Be kind to the lake, pay it forward, and it will provide for you.
I grew up living off the land, but I’ve never been hungry a day in my life—if you’re willing to put in the work, nature will provide. So, if you’re in my boat, you’ll never have to worry about being hungry. There will always be fish to eat. Oh, and whatever your fish story is, mine was bigger.