Sunrise comes early to northern Manitoba and beckons even the deepest of sleepers from slumber. It’s easy to get out of bed when the scenery looks like this (Elk Island Lodge, Gods Lake).

Sunrise at a Manitoba fishing lodge.

The most important meal of the day gets treated with the upmost respect. Freshly-ground coffee accompanies these eggs baked in phyllo pastry (North Knife Lake Lodge, North Knife Lake).

Mouth-watering gourmet breakfast. Eggs never looked so good.

And then it’s time to start fishing! You’ll get your morning workout by hauling in a Master Angler lake trout like this beauty (North Knife Lake Lodge, North Knife Lake).

Catching a big one at a Manitoba fishing lodge

Get out of the boat and explore the land. Wild blueberries, Labrador tea, wild chives and mints dot the landscape (Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge, Egenolf Lake).

Picking blueberries at a Manitoba fly-in fishing lodge.

And then it’s time for lunch. Shorelunch! There’s nothing better than freshly-caught walleye cooked over an open fire in the wilds of Manitoba (Shining Falls Lodge, Family Lake).

Nothing better than a fresh shore lunch. Manitoba makes the best ones.

After that hearty lunch, it’s easy to lull yourself into the rhythm of fly fishing—until the big one grabs your fly! (Elk Island Lodge, God’s River)

Fly fishing at a remote northern Manitoba lodge.

Manitoba’s fish species are abundant not to mention stunningly beautiful. A tiger trout shows off his colours (Alpine Country Outfitters, Patterson Lake).

Alpine tiger caught at a Manitoba fishing lodge.

It’s the workhorse of the north. The iconic de Havilland Beaver is always in the air, shuttling anglers to remote lake and delivering cargo to restock lodges (Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge, Egenolf Lake).

Arrive by Beaver at a Manitoba fly-in fishing lodge.

Every dinner begins with delicious appetizers, followed by a hearty dinner and then, of course, dessert. Tiny Arctic cranberries add colour, tartness and a hint of sweet to this cake (North Knife Lake Lodge, North Knife Lake).

Delicious, home-baked Crancake goodness.

Some anglers just can’t get enough. The casts continue as the sun goes down (Elk Island Lodge, Gods Lake).

Magnificent sunset at Gods Lake.

Story and photos by Shel Zolkewich.