40 Lakes to Fish
One of the greatest assets of La Réserve Beauchêne is its diversity.
Please Note: Check our Lake List for a complete directory of our forty lakes, with maps, resident fish species and access notes.
Not only are there a wide range of fish species from which to choose, it will be impossible to explore the unique characteristics of all of the more than 3 dozen lakes in the course of just one trip.
The largest of the lakes is Lac Beauchêne, classed as an “Oligotrophic” lake. At 12 miles long, and with a lot of very deep water, (large areas over 150 feet), much of its area is dominated by cold water species such as Lake Trout and Whitefish. The shoreline is composed primarily of rock and sand, with a few smaller back bays having sparse aquatic vegetation. The shoreline areas are home to large populations of Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and some Northern Pike. These species also wander over the main body of the lake as the waters warm.
The smaller “back lakes”, as they are appropriately termed, all have their own special characteristics, both in their physical make-up, (some are Mesotrophic), and in the different species of fish that they host. The smaller lakes are ideal for new guests, because generally it is easier to find and pattern the fish in them.
You’ll find, however, that many of the Beauchêne regulars tend to prefer the Main Lake, given that they have had a few years to learn the water. Keep in mind also that the smaller lakes warm faster, and, as a result, the seasonal phase of the fish (ie. spawning, turnover, insect hatches, etc.) on each lake may differ by as much as a week or more. This is one reason why it is wise to spread your fishing time around more than one lake, since it is quite possible that you will find fishing better on one lake than another, depending on the time of year.
With your reservation or on arrival you may reserve the back lakes of your choice – first come, first served.
Depending on the particular lake, and the species of fish that you are looking for, you could find fish relating to fallen timber, rocky shoals, sand flats, open water, or to submerged and emergent vegetation, so you best bring an assortment of tackle in order to cover all the bases.
On the big lake, 20 HP motors, (new each year), are standard. There are boats on most of the back lakes and canoes at the remainder. We supply electric motors for use on the smaller lakes and smaller gasoline motors for use on the balance. 4 X 4 vehicles are recommended for driving to some back lakes, but are not needed for access to quite a few.