THE HISTORY OF SEPARATION LAKE CAMPS LTD
In 1899 due to sparse settlement of this region, the Canadian government offered Johnnie Lount deeded property on this portion of the peninsula, providing he settle and commence trapping & commercial fishing on this area. He settled and raised 4 children in a one room log cabin which partially remains there yet today. To settle a personal loan John transferred the land over to Doug Hook in 1935. At that time Doug hired some cabinet makers from Toronto Canada to build cabins which became Doug Hook’s Camp, a wilderness camp accessible by floatplane and became a well known popular fishing & hunting destination for many U.S. residents, Mr. hook ran the business till 1969. After his death the camp was closed and was used sparsely by some of the Kenora residents for personal use. My wife Cheryl & I purchased the camp in 1985 after 16 years of basically no fishing or hunting pressure. During this time the fish became over populated and were very underweight for their size due to too many fish and no baitfish. Upon recognizing the situation we began culling the unhealthy fish along with larger possession limits succeeded in what is now an excellent healthy fishery providing not only numbers but many trophy fish in all species.
In 1986 the English River Road which had been used by Loggers to harvest the vast timber areas was opened to the public, we succeeded in obtaining the only access off the road and began building a small campground to help us control the fishing pressure that would surely occur. At the same time we began upgrading the cabins as well as demolition on some and rebuilding new VIP Deluxe Cottages in their place which became very popular with the guests. Some of the older cabins were turned into Light Housekeeping Cottages to provide guests a lower priced option since they brought their own food and personal items plus doing their own cooking & cleaning up. A camp this size continues to have needed maintenance and equipment replacement and is an on going procedure. We have owned the business which will be 30 years now and the fishing is just as good now or better than when we purchased the business.
In 1989 We recognizing that Smallmouth Bass was not a trash fish as many called them, but a species that would become very popular and could be easily over fished due to being territorial, we put a catch and release policy on all Smallmouth and also installed a catch & release on all trophy Walleye & Pike over our slot size of 18 & 27” but still allowed guests daily shore lunches and encouraged take home fish for the family to enjoy, by doing so this gave our guests the satisfaction of catching the trophy of a lifetime and limited over population of stunted fish. A couple of years later the Ministry installed a Provence wide policy similar to ours which has helped many of the over fished lakes and streams, some are improving but many may not. Separation is a fantastic fishery any month of the season and we are very proud to be a part of it. Hope you get a chance to experience it personally.