Many are called, few are chosen.
It’s not easy being a Scott Lake guide. We need guides who can do more than just find fish.
They have to be: competent navigators (learning over a million acres of water isn’t easy), accomplished wilderness cooks, entertaining communicators, comfortable using complex GPS and fish locating equipment, infinitely patient and yes, fun to be with.
You will spend about 10 hours a day with your guide and we want to make sure each of those hours is both productive and enjoyable. We are very proud of the team we have assembled in this remote wilderness. Each member of the group has the knowledge, dedication and communication skills needed to assure that your time on the water is both memorable and enjoyable. They understand that their job is giving each angler the trip of their dreams.
All have specialized first aid training, including CPR, and all are certified by the Saskatchewan Outfitters Association. Safety is their top priority. Each guide is equipped with an FM radio as well as a two-way satellite communication device, a first aid kit, and proper emergency gear. Planning and preparation are part of their daily routine. Regular team meetings ensure that all guide members know the where and when of fish activity as well as the how. Inexperienced anglers can be assured that teaching casting skills (spin, bait cast or fly) and general fishing skills is something our guides actually enjoy. Even first time anglers get into fish.
I wanted to thank you for the outstanding experience we had. It was the best fishing trip I have ever been on. I appreciate the 1st class operation of Scott Lake! Everyone was awesome.Bill Williamson
Some guys have all the luck—they grow on water, beautiful water. Jordan was born in Kenora, Ontario in the spectacular Lake of the Woods country. He spent his youth wisely, hunting and fishing from an early age. He never looked back. By the summer of 2003 he was in the back of the boat, guiding. He spent a decade guiding for pike and walleye in Ontario but he couldn’t get visions of truly giant pike and lake trout out of his mind. He became a Scott guide in 2014, always looking for that “once in a lifetime fish”. A lot of guys get excited when there is a big fish on the line but Jordan gets more than excited; he starts speaking in tongues. But he never forgets how to net the big ones. Once the leaves start turning, Jordan turns to Manitoba where he does waterfowl guiding. When the birds are gone, he heads west to British Columbia where he trades his fishing rods and shotguns for heavy duty mountain snowmobiles in search of that next powder day. For Jordan it’s an outdoor life for every page of the calendar.
Matt has always been an outside guy. He has a degree in Environmental Sciences and in the off season teaches wilderness survival.
Guide at Scott Since:
Favorite Area at Scott:
East side of Premier Lake (which is adjacent to Scott)
Favorite Shore Lunch:
Bucktail, any color as long as its black
Baby Pike, Deceiver
Guiding clients to 2 world record lake trout on Great Bear Lake, the biggest a 78 pounder
Next Season’s Goal:
Spot a wolf with pups
Most Memorable Customer Question/Comment:
“Can we go to the North Pole by boat?”
Another Ontario native who just had to move further north, Graham grew up in southern Ontario in the Lake Nippissing/French River area. From a large family he was welcomed into the hunting and fishing world by uncles and cousins who instilled a deep love for the outdoors. Graham started guiding in 2001 near Ear Falls, Ontario. Once he got the taste for the guiding life he never stopped. There is nothing else he ever wanted to do. At Scott Lake Lodge since 2010, Graham loves the Scott routine and loves his systems. He is usually the first guide at his boat in the morning and his boat is always flawlessly organized, as is his fishing day. The off-season finds Graham in his cabin deep in the woods on a Lake Superior tributary river, Canadian side of course. His winters are filled with making improvements on the cabin which now should be called a house. There is deer and moose hunting and fishing for steelhead and musky. It’s a guide’s life and it’s a good one.
Port Jimenez, Costa Rica
WCA stands of course for World Class Angler. And don’t worry. It wasn’t Cory’s ego that coined his nickname. It was a Florida guide who watch Cory throw an incredible cast with his 8-weight fly rod, hook, fight and land in heavy mangroves a snook weighing double digits. The nickname stuck and Cory earns it every time he’s on the water, as guide or angler. Cory is the Scott Lake Lodge Head Guide, earned by his skills, leaderships and longevity, now 25 years on Scott’s water. Born in Toronto but raised in Bermuda, Cory has been around water all his life. He spent a decade in Winnipeg where he found freshwater fish to his liking. Another eight years in Calgary added fly fishing to his resume. He fishes. Plain and simple. In winter Cory heads to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula where he runs his own charter fishing company, Tropic Fins Adventures. He was always a patient angler but he claims his two beautiful children, Tosh and Kaya, brought him to a new level in that department. He can handle kids, first time anglers as well as experienced clients. If he has spare time it will be spent fishing, surfing, fishing, woodworking, fishing, diving, fishing—you get the idea.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Mike is a guy that can see for forest for the trees. A professional forester, Mike recently retired from Saskatchewan Polytechnic (a bit early because the waters, salt and fresh, called). When he wasn’t the woods over the past two decades or so he was on the water, chasing big fish. A lifelong angler, Mike joined the Scott Lake Lodge team in 2010 after a few years of guiding at other lodges. It was love at first fish for Mike. He thrives on chasing the big pike and lake trout at Scott. His guests also appreciate his skills as a world class shore lunch chef. Recently Mike renovated and opened a Hostel, The Chill Inn, in Nicaragua. Like loons and geese, many guides feel the pull of water in its liquid form when Canadian water is as hard as a hockey puck.
Paul started his guiding career on Great Slave Lake where he chased giant trout. He moved to Scott in 2003 and has parked his boat at the same north dock ever since. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba Paul attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Yukon College in Whitehorse in natural resource management. At Scott Lake Lodge, he manages our resources well, putting guests on trophy pike, lake trout and grayling. Paul also is the Construction Manager for the lodge. Every year it seems he is the last to leave the island and the first to arrive, typically by helicopter. He has supervised the building of staff and guest cabins, construction of new decks and every other physical improvement that the lodge has seen. Paul is our man for all season. Once out of the lodge, you would find Paul fishing salmon in Alaska, hunting in Saskatchewan, playing and watching hockey, and indulging his new passion—bone fishing. His distinctive and frequent laugh along with a killer smile are an important element of our island vibe—it’s a great one.
Greg did not take the normal path to the Scott Lake Lodge Guide Team. Most of our guides worked at other lodges and worked their way up to Scott. Greg came in through the backdoor by working in the kitchen as a dishwasher at the ripe old age of 15. (Was that even legal?) It was a life changing opportunity. Greg watched the guides and knew that’s what he wanted. He hounded every guide on the island to pull every ounce of fishing information he could out of them. It worked. They marked up his maps and shared their wealth of lake knowledge. After a few summers in the kitchen Greg was taking out shore staff and going out on his own. He learned the lake and earned the respect of the guides and Scott management. Fourteen seasons at Scott later Greg is a top guide. Off season Greg runs Bone Quest Outfitters in White Fox, Saskatchewan, guiding hunters on their quest for trophy white-tailed deer and black bears. On the water and in the woods Greg helps people make lasting memories.
Don’t call him Steve: he is Biff. He has been at Scott for in his words “18 short years”. Time flies when you’re having a good time and for Biff that’s the only time he knows. He grew up fishing at a family cabin and on northern Saskatchewan fishing trips with his dad. After working at a lodge on a big lake to the south, Biff heard about this interesting lodge on the 60th parallel. He found a home as a “lifer” in a guide team full of them. It would not be an exaggeration to call Biff a professional entertainer, at least that’s what Scott’s customers claim. If the fishing is slow (don’t worry—that’s rare) Biff fills in the day with running riffs that double over guests. And his guiding doubles over their rods as well. Biff loves the recent explosion of new fly out lakes at Scott, getting in the floatplane whenever he can encourage his customers to fly. His intense summers allow Biff to pursue his other passion—world travel. Winters will find him somewhere in a beach community, usually in South America.
Not many guides can claim to have started their career before they could drive a car. Cody is one of those. He grew up living the dream at his parent’s fishing lodge in Ontario. He was in a boat guiding paying clients when most kids were spending their summers on skateboards. It’s just in his blood. The call of the far north brought Cody to Scott Lake Lodge in 2010 where he dove into his new life with unrestrained enthusiasm. There are no dull moments in Cody’s boat. After his Scott season Cody will spend time camping, hunting and musky fishing back in his northwest Ontario hometown. But he too feels the pull of the planet and has spent every winter traveling the globe, visiting every continent and country he can get do, doing everything from beach bumming to fishing to bungee jumping to shark cage diving. You want travel tales? Spend five days with Cody and you will not have to travel.
The Yukon Man
It’s impossible to sum up Jan’s life in a few sentences. He’s not that kind of guy. A Saskatoon native, in 1993 Jan ended up in Whitehorse, Yukon where he is close to the moose, caribou and grizzlies that he chases in the fall. Most summers Jan shows up at the lodge with a few hundred pounds of wild game, much of which ends up in his extraordinary shore lunches. Want a one pound moose burger? Jan started guiding in 1993 at a lodge a bit further south, but joined the Scott family in 2000. He has collected a lot of stories over that span and isn’t shy about sharing them in the boat. There are no dull moments in his boat. Over the past few years Jan has wintered in Costa Rica which counting the lodge and Whitehorse he considers his 3rd home. If you see Jan in the lodge with his laptop ask to see of the results of his intense life of hunting and fishing. Jan’s plan is simple: spend summers on Scott for “many more years” and head south every winter.
Don’t let the nickname scare you. The Poacher abides by all fish and game laws, but now and then he used to poach a little water off other guides. But that was a long, long time ago. The Poach came to Scott is the rich recruiting year of 2001 when four other guides on this page started their Scott Lake Lodge career. Growing up in Selkirk, Manitoba Chester was all about hunting and fishing right from his childhood days. Poacher is not a three-month guide: he is a full time, professional, guiding for black bear in the spring, finding waterfowl, whitetails and caribou in the fall and hunting down big walleyes when the water gets hard. It’s in his blood. You can spot Chester easily at Scott. He’s the one who never quits smiling (unless his guest loses a big fish when he known to pout for a few minutes). His laugh can be heard all around our island. He not only hooks fish. He hooks customers. His list of repeat customers is long. A committed family man, Chester lives for his wife, Hayley and his three wonderful daughters. You will be lucky if you can poach the Poacher off another Scott customer.
No one knows for sure how T-Bag got his nickname (drinks too much tea?) but everyone knows for sure that there is only one T-Bag. At Scott he is an institution, a guide’s guide. Thoughtful and understated, Jason makes every minute in his boat count. Extremely well organized, Jason always knows exactly where he’s headed and now he is heading for his 17th season at Scott. He had guided at two other lodges before landing at Scott but knew his first week on the lake that Scott would be his last guiding home. A Winnipeg, Manitoba native, Jason felt the pull of the wild North Atlantic coastline and established himself in New Brunswick where he now spends his winters hunting and fishing, working on cars and trucks (he was an auto mechanic a long, long time ago and a pilot to boot). Unlike a lot of Scott guides, Jason does not have the travel bug anymore. When he heads home to New Brunswick, he stays until it’s time to make the long trek back to Scott where he will continue do what he does best—finding anglers the fish of their dreams.
Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan
The J5 thing goes back to 2001, Jon’s rookie year at Scott, when as the new kid on the block he guided a lucky customer to a 50” pike, so he was “J50” for a while. It was just too hard to spit out, so the nickname was edited to just J5. Like all nicknames it either sticks or it doesn’t. This one did. Jon was raised on the shores of Lost Mountain Lake (by the way, there is no mountain there) where his uncle Sparky put a fishing rod in his hand before he could walk. That was walleye country. Then Jon went to a lake where walleyes like he caught as a kid would be bait. That was Scott Lake, Jon’s first and only guiding home. And it quickly became his home: he immediately was hooked, enjoying the lodge life and the guests that travel north to get a taste of wildness. He now counts many of those guests as close friends. No one knows the Scott guests better than Jon because his off-season life is still all about Scott Lake Lodge. Jon is the company’s Sales Manager and spends all winter emailing and talking to hundreds of Scott clients and would-be clients. His sales pitch comes natural because he spends 85 to 100 days on Scott Lake and the fly out lakes. He knows how good the fishing is. All he needs are some spinners and a few Turbo Jacks to connect guests with fish. And he loves creating shore lunch magic. On the water or on the phone Jon is a key player in the Scott Lake family. Just don’t agree to play poker with him…he’s ruthless.
Curt’s time at Scott goes way back to 1998 when both he and lodge were still learning how this game is played. Curt plays it extremely well. He loves the challenge of exploring and dissecting new lakes. With ten new fly out lakes set up over the past five years, Curt has had plenty of opportunity to do just that. A graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Commerce, Curt takes a business like approach to fishing. There is no time wasted in Curt’s boat. Off season Curt is very busy helping run the 9,000 acre farm about an hour and a half north of Saskatoon. He helps quite of few of his fellow guides find their trophy white-tails in the fall and in the deep winter he usually heads south seeking warm water, waves (he loves to surf) and of course fish. He loves the interaction and bonding between guides and guests at Scott, something that according to Curt “is not found at any other fishing lodge, period”.
Crescent Lake, Saskatchewan
In 2007, his first season guiding at Scott, the other guides noticed how careful Steve was around the rocky areas of the lake. Someone, probably Biff, said “it looked like he was driving through a school zone”. Steve was just plain careful. For a couple of season’s prior to starting his guiding at Scott, he was part of the maintenance team. He fixed the motors that other guides banged up by maybe going just a little too fast. Steve always got back in one piece. And he got plenty of big fish as well. Like most Scott guides, Steve’s outdoor life began early around his Crescent Lake, Saskatchewan home. As he recalls he was “constantly hunting and fishing”. Going into guiding was as natural to him as setting a hook. For six years he did the tough kind of guiding—extremely remote trips for sheep, caribou, grizzly, all the big stuff. After those summers in the depths of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, the wilderness lake of the Scott Lake area seemed pretty tame. If things get dicey, this is the guy you want to be with. Steve now runs a hunting outfitting business in the mountains of British Columbia. When the going gets tough, Steve is just getting started.