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"We stayed at Bellsmith Lake in 2005, and at Vick Lake in 2006. The flight out was great and the mid-week service of supply runs and ice replenishment was great. The cabins are well insulated and the showers were appreciated after a day on the water! We had both lakes to ourselves, which was perfect! All the equipment is well maintained and back-up motors are available, along with the extra boat. The security of having a two-way radio was also appreciated. The staff are all helpful and friendly and for two years now I can't think of one negative thing to say. Mattice Lake Outfitters is a first class operation and well worth the long drive from our place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. We hope to have the opportunity to visit Armstrong in the future and fly-out with these great folks again. Vick Lake is larger and has more area to explore than Bellsmith, but both have lots of fish, and we never came back to the cabin with an empty fish basket! Thanks! Chris and Rosie."
R. Robinson – Oak Creek, WI
"We have gone to Mattice Outfitters for the last 3 years. The experience has been great all the way from the hospitality to the fishing and everything in between.
S. Lombardo – Round Lake Beach, IL
"After several fly-in fishing trips with other outfitters, I decided to try MLO on the recommendation from a friend. From the initial booking, check-in and loading to the outstanding pilots and camp attendants and the cleanliness and condition of their camps, I have never considered another Fly-in outfitter. Since that first year, I have returned 8 more times and each experience is better than the previous year. I look forward to seeing Don, Annette and their growing family every year and I eagerly anticipate to my next trip to Armstrong, Ontario. For me, a Fly-in fishing trip to Canada is a big investment; of both time and money, and I feel that Mattice Lake Outfitters are simply the Best in the Business!."
C. Armstrong – Owensboro, KY
"I have only missed one year since 1989 fishing with Mattice Lake Outfitters. Their outpost camps, equipment, and services have always been first class. Whether you are interested in outstanding fishing, wildlife viewing, relaxation, or all three Mattice Lake Outfitters can provide you with the ultimate vacation. There is not a day that passes that I do not look at a map of Ogoki Reservoir in my office and with that I was heading to Mattice Lake in the morning.."
J. Martin – Mt. Pulaski, IL
"I have been using Mattice for the last four years. After staying in their newer cabins with the showers and beautiful views, I cannot even think of using another outfitter. The lakes are great for walleye and northern fishing and the boats and motors are always in good condition. I can't wait to get back there this year for another week on a new lake.."
S. Hansen – Burlington, WI
"An outfitter who truly cares about his customers. The facilities and equipment are top notch. The price is fair. The fishing is outstanding. Every year since 1991, our group has caught hundreds (really thousands, but most won't believe this) of walleyes. Last year I caught my biggest northern; 44 inches.
G. Schmitz – Roseville, MN
"Don, We have been coming to your outfitting service since 2000 or 2001. After we picked your service and made our reservations we all had ideas as to what we wanted ( hoped for ) from you and the fishing trip. You exceeded all of our expectations. Your hospitality is top notch. I don't know if you remember our first trip or not. While at camp our truck developed a flat tire. Jason had it fixed and ready to go when we got back. As if the experience is not enough to bring us back the extra mile you went was the clincher. The planes are clean and the pilots experienced. The boats are nice size and the motors well maintained. The cabin was perfect and situated in such a place the sunsets were magnificent. But the fishing was out of sight! I've watched my son catch northern top water on a beautiful sunny afternoon. We watched an eagle dive for fish the same day. An awesome sight! We have also see moose, beavers and otters. Can't wait till August. See you then.."
J. West – Laurelville, OH
"My brother and I have been booking trips with the Elliot family for about 18 years. We have tried one or two other outfitters but have always come back to Mattice Lake. All of the remote lakes in the are have great fishing, and the cabins and aircraft are similar. The reason we like Mattice Lake Outfitters is because we feel that we are not just another cash deal. They really in words and actions, make us feel like family. They have remembered us every year we have shown up, and we are not that memorable. They have taken us in to camp the evening before we were supposed to go in on two occasions because the camp was open and they know we wanted to be out there. No thought of charging us for the extra night.
J. Heald – Caper, WY
"I can personally attest to the quality of fishing, accommodations, and service that Mattice Lake Outfitters (MLO) offers.
S. Smith – South Central, WI
"The fly-in to the remote cabins, is handled by highly skilled pilots. The scenery is breathtaking, the accommodations & equipment are top-notch, and the attention from the Outfitter, is personal and professional. The fishing experience is exceptional! Quantity and quality of fish has been beyond our expectations. Our group has expierenced Vick, Pringle, and Bellsmith Lakes. Each has their own personality, and challenges. And, they offer catches of Walleye up to 28", and Northern Pike up to 44". We keep coming back year after year, because of the superb experience.."
D. Preiser – Eagle River, WI
"I have used the services of MLO for the past nine year and have never had a bad trip because of this outfitters service. I have been on thirty fly-in trips as of this past July. I have never seen a more service oriented company. I have worked in industry the past 34 years and have seen many companies who should take lessons from Don Elliot as far as customer service goes. The planes are all clean and well maintained for safety. The cabins are clean, very well equipped for cooking, and plenty of firewood. I have never had a bad outboard motor to deal with in all my trips with them. All the gas you care to use. Nice docks and fish cleaning facilities. I have used their services on canoe trips and always picked up when and where we decided upon. As far as walleye, I do not believe there is a better lake in Ontario for size and numbers than the Ogoki Reservoir. We like this outfitter so well that we drive 1100 miles each way to use them.."
K. Hypes – Springfield, OH
"We have been going to Mattice Lake Outfitters since 1992 and are always impressed by the quality of service and friendly, helpful family that runs the operation.
P. Pritchard – Tampa, FL
"Along with a group of other couples and their children, we have been using Mattice Lake Outfitters for 10 plus years. We enjoy the short flight to the Ogoki Reservoir where you are never more than 10 minutes away from great fishing holes. The cabins are first rate and Mattice Outfitters make you feel like a part of their family. Someone in our group always sees some wildlife whether it be eagles, moose, caribou, bear or all of the above. The scenery is breathtaking.."
T. Schugg – Waconia, MN
"Thanks for asking us to write this as we don't mind letting others know what a first class outfit you operate. It takes a lot of organization and hard work to keep your operation flowing as well as it does. Not to mention how well you maintain your camps, boats, motors, planes and the list goes on. We certainly appreciate all you do to make our trip all that it is :) :)
D. Heckman – Harbor Springs, MI
"As you are aware, our fishing group has fished most of the lakes that you have. There are many memorable things about all of the lakes. At all of the lakes we have caught many fish, probably more than most people would, I believe. Regardless of whether the lakes are catch and release or not, our group has used this practice for at least ten years.
J. Siefken – Mediapolis, IA
"The Mattice family has been flying me out for the last seven years on my canoe trips. Don’s knowledge of the land and waterways are superior to any other outfitters that I have used over the years, and I have been canoeing since 1976. The whole Mattice family is involved in running the camp and they do a great job. They will take care of all your requests.
S. Finley – Bridgeview, IL
"If you are looking for a first class outfitter, excellent fishing and topnotch accommodations, Don Elliot and his crew at Mattice Lake Outfitters is your best choice.
S. Bilbey – Glennie, MI
"Having made 16 fly-in fishing trips into Manitoba and Ontario, Canada over the past 12 years, why has Mattice Outfitters become our all-time favorite destination? We have two trips scheduled again for 2007!
V. H. Veenhuis – Isle, MN
"The first words that come to mind for me when thinking of Mattice Lake Outfitters are, "look no further!" For over a decade I have had the pleasure of enjoying the outstanding service and facilities of Mattice Lake Outfitters. Everything about them ranks a "ten" from the fishing, personal service, and accommodations, to the breathtaking scenery and wildlife.."
Jim Hoffman – Woodruff, Wisconsin
"My group has been fishing in Canada for 22 straight years and Mattice is far and away the best outfitter and that is why we have used them for 15 straight years. Don, Annette and family do everything to accommodate our needs. The camps are clean and comfortable and the fishing is outstanding. I have an 8 lb walleye hanging on my wall. They do their best to meet our needs and schedule by getting us in and out in a timely fashion. We will continue to use Mattice forever.."
S. Harris – Louisville, KY
"I have been fishing Canada since 1963. From Canoe trips to Fly-in camps. I have been with Don and Annette at Mattice Lake for the past eight years. The service is excellent from the flight to the check-ins. They have great cabins with running water and showers as well as boats and motors all in excellent condition. I have been to six different lakes all with GREAT fishing. From Weese where six of us caught 997 fish in a week to Short Lake where I had to release a 25.5 inch walleye because my partner caught a bigger one . If you plan on going fishing then plan on using Mattice Lake Outfitters. They are worth the drive (in our case 1200 miles 0ne way) and the money. They in my estimation are the best. You get great camps on great lakes with great fishing along with the always beautiful scenery and wild life To our group we consider the People at Mattice Lake like Family. Come enjoy and have great fishing. Just save some fish for us.."
F. Ferris – Greensburg, PA
"I happened to run into an old High School friend at a Pittsburgh Steelers Game, and all he could talk about – other than the Steelers—was this great fishing experience he had with an outfitter in Canada. He had been back several times and was sold on the relationship he had built with the outfitter. Both of us turned 50 years old last summer within weeks and my friend commented “would it not be great to share that occasion while fishing for Walleye in Canada.” Well, five months later, we were sitting in the red and black De Havilland Beaver, piloted by owner Don Elliot, of Mattice Lake Outfitters.
M. Donahoe – West Newton, PA
"In my experience Canada fishing is everything it is cracked up to be, it is fantastic! But what separates MATTICE from other outfitters is its commitment to safety for their customers. It isn’t everyone who has developed radio contact with their base operations and their outpost cabins. That alone means a level of comfort should something go horribly wrong in a wilderness setting. The boats and motors are of the highest quality, again this adds to level of safety I’ve come to expect from MATTICE. Their outpost cabins are the real McCoy, true log cabins built on site with timbers from the native forest. What a treat it is to return to our cabin after a cold blustery day on the water, fire up the wood stove and settle down to the creature comforts of a well made cabin and not a cabin made out of 2x4’s and plywood.."
J. Heald – Brookfield, WI
"I have used MLO several times and would never consider another outfitter. Their lakes and cabins are second to none and the rest of the equipment is like new and in great working order every year. My experience with MLO has been like staying at a 5 star drive in resort with all the amenities but only in a fly in atmosphere. With all that said it is the Eliot family that puts MLO in an Elite class. They provide everything from food to bait and everything in between. I have always been coached on where to fish and find myself on quality fish from the very start of my trip. A trip with MLO is an experience of a
T. Ruth – Monroe, NC
"This year our group will be travelling from five different states in the US for our seventh annual trip to Mattice Lake Outfitters. We used other outfitters previous to Mattice and most were just fine. But none compare to the service, facilities and fishing that we have experienced at Mattice. Don and Annette Elliot and their family have always gone the extra mile to make out trip the best experience one can have. The quality of their outposts are truly exceptional. They are exceptionally well maintained and many a very new. You get to have the affect of a wilderness experience but yet with enough amenities that allow you to have a lot of fun and camaraderie when you are off the water. Large walleye and northern pike are abundant. I can honestly say that we have tried many of the outposts at different times of the year and have never had a poor fishing occurrence. A day doesn’t pass when you don’t see a bald eagle. Moose are also not an uncommon sight. They experience of seeing the Northern Lights from these outposts camps is something that cannot be described. Each year we have come away with experiences that make for lasting memories. The Elliot family have without exception been wonderful to work with. Their willingness to accommodate our group is something that gives us great comfort in that we know we can count on them to “do things right and do the right thing”. Just simply outstanding.."
D. McFarlane – Mt. Pleasant, MI
"Visited Whitewater Lake in 1994 and have returned 12 times since. Don and Annette run a first class operation. Their aircraft are works of art and all equipment and accommodations are unsurpassed. Our group are avid fisherman and the fact that we have returned so many times says it all, even stayed for two full weeks one year!."
L. Davies – Salem, SC