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Jared V

Fall 2019 - New Ulm, MN

From my first trip to Smoothrock in '01, to the most recent trip to an outpost in '19, everything about my Canadian fly-in fishing experiences through Thunderhook have been great. Our group has ranged from 3 to 13 over years and they've always made great accommodations. I can't wait for the next adventure through Thunderhook Fly-in!

Al Stenberg

Spring 2018 - Richfield,Wi.

My wife and I attended the "all Canada" show in Milwaukee in January. Of all the vendors (probably 50 if not more) Debbie Alexander stood out from them all. My son Nick and I returned to the sports show later and booked the trip to thunder hook. It was everything debbie promised us and more. We had excellent weather and fishing. Our guide Gregg put us on the fish and provided excellent shore lunch. We even saw "shadow" the eagle as he swooped down to get a fish treat near our boat. What an amazing experience!

Brian Bostick

Brian Bostick

2019 - Lisbon, OH

Just back from Mach Lake and my group is all in agreement, The best fly-in we have ever taken. Including some that cost way more than Thunderhook charges. Walleye were exceptional, plentiful and big. Pike could be caught everywhere at any time. The equipment and cabins were first class all the way. We've been going on fly-ins for 12 years now and always tried someplace different. Not anymore, our future trips will be going back to Mach Lake. Thanks for the fly-in of a life time.

Joseph Filipiak

Fall 2018 - Almos bay

In over 30 years of fishing Ontario with multiple outfitters, I have to say Thunderhook was my best experience, from the bunk house lodging the night prior (outstanding) convenience, the outfitter going over a map for current areas that are on a hot bite,smooth and quick flight, boats/motors top condition, cabins were clean and had everything you needed in working condition, fishing was spectacular many walleye in the 24 above class with 100 fish days per person, pike fishing was some of the best we ever had with multiple trophies. Service was some of the best my group has ever experienced. I am currently booking spring and fall trips for 2019. Thank you for the great trip September 1-7 2018. Smoothrock lake is a untapped fishery with unlimited potential. Joe Filipiak

Jon and Jena Burton

Jon and Jena Burton

June 2015 - Cornell, WI

This was our first trip to Smoothrock Camp and it was the most phenomenal trip we have ever experienced. Debbie, Greg, and the rest of the staff were so accommodating, friendly, and provided world-class service. The fishing was great and even our 2-year old daughter had a blast! We look forward to making this trip a yearly affair!

Clint Cannon

Clint Cannon

2008, 2011 and 2012 - Kansas City, MO

My three trips with Thunderhook have all been fantastic. The staff is always kind and helpful, boats and motors are in great repair (if they aren't new), and the cabins all tucked into pristine Ontario wilderness. The only thing better than not hearing traffic, phones and televisions is the absolute world-class fishing. If you have Pike or Walleye on your summer agenda, you owe it to yourself to give Thunderhook a call.

Dan Larson

Fall 2012 - Minneapolis, MN

David, The four of us would like to say thank you for our recent trip into Shab Outpost. We had a chance to go down and visit Shab South when some new guests arrived and were in awe of the cabin that is there. Amazing how that survived the fire. Because this was our first trip into Shab, it took a while to explore the lake and find some spots. Rudy gave us a few good tips and that proved to be very beneficial. The "humps" and the north end of the lake were phenomenal. I truly don't think we hardly caught a fish there under 18". I think half way through our 4 days, we had caught more walleyes over 18" than under. The cabin on the island was very adequate. Once again thanks and we'll see you at the shows in St. Paul and Minneapolis

Phillip Wisneski

Phillip Wisneski

June 2012 - Green Bay, WI

What a great place! My brother in law and I spent a week at Smoothrock and we will never go anywhere else. This was our first Canada Fishing Trip and won't certainly be our last. The hospitality was first rate, facilities were off the charts and fishing was undescribable. You try to explain the fishing to others that have never been to Canada and words can't give it justice. I can't count the times when jigging for "Pickerel" that the jig wouldn't even make it to the bottom before another nice fish was on the line. Can't wait to bring up family and friends to enjoy this magical experience.

Dan & Ryan Jozwiak

Dan & Ryan Jozwiak

June 2012 - Appleton WI

My son Ryan and I went in June of 2012. It was our first trip to Canada and Smoothrock Camp was awesome. Debbie, Chewy, and Jordan were great hosts. Fishing started slow for us as we struggled to learn what to do, but Chewy and Jordan helped us really get into the fish! Ryan had a dream come true by having a Northern hit a Walleye that he was reeling in. We were able to net the both. What a great trip and a great camp. We would reccomend it to anybody!

David Sarbacker

August 2010 & 2011 - Fitchburg, WI

My son and I were at the camp in August 2010 with 4 other guys and in August 2011 it was a father/son trip. Debbie is the best! T-Bone and Wolfman were fantastic. Caught lots of fish and had such a great time that we are coming back in 2012 with a total of 14 guys. Can't wait!

Doug Segelstrom

1984 to 2011 - Grantsburg Wi

I and my friends & family have fished Smoothrock Lake since 1984, and have not missed many trips. Each year the fishing is better, and last year one of the guys caught a 29" walleye. Debbie and her staff are excellent hosts and the accommodations are superb. We will be back in August 2012 for another great trip.

David McMillan

Spring 2011 - Sioux Falls, SD

David, Exactly 2 months have now passed since Jim and I said boodbye to you at your seaplane dock and headed to Smoothrock. We had a blast! We caught a lot of fish (26.5" was the biggest) and we were treated like royalty by Debbie, T-Bone and Wolfman! We'll be booking again next year! Thank You! Dave McMillan

 

Mike Barringer

Fall 2011

Everyone at Thunderhook and Smoothrock: The fishing has always been exceptional and Debbie is the best, but this year you have raised the bar higher. Excellent flight handling to and from the base camp by all. The fishing was better than ever. Those big 16 foot boats and 20 hp four strokes can only be described as awesome. Top notch accommodations. I dont know how you can improve on what you currently have.

Tony Ruth

Detroit, MI - 2011

Absolutely the best Pike fishing I have ever experienced. We caught a total of 5 trophies for the week with many more 40" + 10llb + fish. We also literally caught 100's & 100's of walleye. I highly recommend this outfitter.

Dave Gregory

Detroit, MI - 2011

The fishing during our early July trip at Smoothrock was fabulous as the four of us caught over 1,000 walleyes and many Notherns as well. The policy to return the walleyes over 18 inches is paying dividends as we recorded 54 fish in the record book. The 16 foot Lund boats and 15-20 hp four stroke motors are the best anywhere. No one can match your accommodations with indoor toilets, showers and day long electricity. The manager of Smoothrock is easily the best anywhere.

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