Fishing Fushimi Lake in Northern Ontario

Posted by Rich B. on to Ontario Trip Reports

When my friend asked me early this year if I was interested in joining his group heading up to Ontario's Fushimi Cabins in mid-June, I made sure my calendar was clear and quickly said yes! This would be a first time trip to Fushimi Lake for the four of us and it turned out to be a great week of fun learning this new lake - and catching a lot of Walleye, Northern Pike & Perch. This camp came highly recommended by Scottie Martin (of the Canadian Fishing Network) after he had filmed a show on this lake and this cabin. We were excited to fish a new lake, and visit a new area of Ontario. Driving up to the Soo, we then went north through Wawa, White River, Hornepayne, and arrived at Fushimi lake.

We found that Fushimi's boat-in refurbished log cabin sits by itself on the lake shore, surrounded by Crown land (which is land owned by the federal or provincial government). The owners of Fushimi Cabins have a large stable floating dock (tied into the shore's bedrock), which easily handled the two boats we brought with us (rental boats are available). We met the owners at the local Provincial camp grounds (it provides the only access to the lake, and is about 30 miles west of Hearst, Ontario). We then finished loading our boats, and headed over to the cabin for our week's stay.

Staying with Fushimi Cabins

The cabin is an older custom log cabin that was totally renovated by the present owners with hardwood floors, new replacement windows, metal roofing, and newer furniture that is comfortable after a day on the water. The four of us fit nicely because the cabin has a loft with 2 beds above and 2 bedrooms below. It has a nicely appointed kitchen with a propane stove and fridge. Electric is provided with a quiet Honda 3000 generator, so you can have 24/7 electric in the cabin (I needed it at night for my Bi-pap, and one of the other guys used it to charge his boat batteries). The cabin has a very clean outbuilding, which is made of two rooms separated for the generator on one side and the clean outhouse on the other side. The cabin had Sirius radio and a DVD TV player for rainy days (one stormy afternoon we caught up on John Wayne Westerns).

Our cabin had excellent windows and screens, and a full size gas grill (with an extra propane tank) on the cabin's large front deck. The whole operation is very clean, and well maintained. Cabin has an indoor shower with an on-demand hot water heater.

Remote & Secluded Fishing

This is the only cabin on Lake Fushimi, other than the campers at the small provincial campground on the opposite side of the lake (where we met the owners and ramped our boats). You have the cabin site completely to yourself on this lake, and we were able to get good cell service on the water by the campground and near the north shore of the lake (cabin is on the south shore).

The 4 of us took in 2 tiller boats to fish the lake, which has a number of side bays and several feeder rivers. During the week you have this 3,000 acre lake pretty much to yourself, other than a handful of boats from the campground (which were out mainly on Saturday and Sunday).

As this lake is surrounded by the Canadian bush, we saw two mama moose, one with two young calves and another with just one calf...unfortunately, they didn't stick around for a photo shoot…no bear sightings, which was just A-OK with us.

Fishing on Lake Fushimi

This lake's depth averages between 20' - 30' with a lot of shoreline weed beds and reed banks. We bottom-bounced with crawlers early on, though went to perch colored jigs and plastic twister-tails. Caught a lot of smaller Northern Pike 14" - 18" (the largest pike came in at 45"), Walleye up to 20" and Perch up to 12" (thick and healthy).

Our totals (per my buddy who kept a daily count of our group totals) for the week at Fushimi Cabins

  • Saturday: 0…just settled in the cabin for the day
  • Sunday: Walleyes 44. Pike 23. Perch 10
  • Monday: Walleye 9. Pike 28. Perch 0 (got blown off lake in afternoon)
  • Tuesday: Walleye 33. Pike 40. Perch 0
  • Wednesday: Walleye 6. Pike 25. Perch 3 (rainy, windy day)
  • Thursday: Walleye 64. Pike 67. Perch 14
  • Friday: Walleye 58. Pike 50. Perch 21
  • Totals for 6 days on the water: Walleye 214. Northern Pike 233. Perch 48.

Largest fish from the week

  • Walleye: 20"
  • Northern Pike: 45""
  • Perch: 12.5"

Final Thoughts on Fushimi Cabins

This is a great cabin for either a family or good fishing friends that want to have their own solitary cabin on a northern Ontario lake. It offers quality fishing without having to "fly-in" to a lake, and is so clean that one's wife or daughters will enjoy their stay. The cabin's rental charge is very reasonable, and is priced in Canadian dollars.

If you're interested in this truly special opportunity, I recommend checking out the Fushimi Cabin's website for further information and then contacting the owners. This cabin books up quickly for the year, and Lake Fushimi has had several TV fishing shows filmed on location earlier this year so next year could be even quicker to book up.