***EDIT - Update re Ice Out - As of May 15th, 2023 Lac Seul is completely ICE FREE! ***
I know a lot of people start checking this page for ice out updates around this time of year. All local lakes are still ice covered. The forecast is looking good for melting, but we've got a ways to go. With opener just 2 weeks away it will be down to the wire. By opener there will be lots of fishable areas with all the current in the system - but - I wouldn't bet money on being able to get to the north shore of Lac Seul on opening day (May 20th). The area between Taylor island and Bear Narrows is always the last section of ice to go out.
Pictured below is the Deception Boat Launch on May 4th, 2023.
Availability update - My musky guiding schedule is booked solid. Thank you to everyone who has set up a trip this year. I would book one more week at the very end of the season, fishing Oct 30th to Nov 3rd. Depending on the weather, this could be a trolling only trip or a mix of casting and trolling if conditions allow for it. Get in touch ASAP if you're interested in a late season hunt for giant muskies.
I have limited availability for walleye/pike/bass trips in May and June. As most are aware, after June 30th I guide for MUSKY ONLY!!
I'm in the process of setting up my new boat while the ice is melting. This season I'll be running another 2025 Lund Impact XS. This platform is best suited for the guiding I do on the big water of Lac Seul. New for 2023, I'll be running Humminbird's MegaLive forward facing sonar. I'm excited to share this boat and technology with all of my clients.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.