Sharon and Mitch,
Thank you so much for the great hospitality and great fishing tips. We had a great time as usual. I will let you know how big of a cabin we will need for next year as I hope to get a confirmation from others. Again thank you so much and have a great summer.
Jim – 2016
Hi, just wanted to tell you how much Matt and I enjoyed your resort. Your accommodations were very nice. Brian our guide was very professional and extremely knowledgeable of the lake had a great time.thank you.
Leslie – 2016
Great week at Pine Sunset Lodge.. look forward to a trip up again next year... Thanks Mitch and Sharon for the great hospitality and Buddy and Buster also...
The Miller's – 2016
Just got back from fantastic trip to Pine Sunset Lodge with my wife who is joining me for the very first time going on a fishing trip to Canada actually to any fishing trip. We both had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the experience together. It was really exciting when she caught a 26 inch northern on a jig in a mental and was able to get it into the boat. Remember this is somebody that has not really done any fishing. Also caught some monster crappies with Tina. We totally did a lot of sightseeing as well went down to the falls and enjoyed an afternoon in a very peaceful area. We literally were there for 3 hours or better and never saw another soul the whole time we were there.
Tom & Tina – 2016
Everyone should try a fishing trip like this at least once. I know a bunch of first timers who got hooked and now continue to come up to Pine Sunset Lodge every year. Bring a camera, scout around and just enjoy nature and the beauty of the Canadian Shield.
Richard – 2016
Thank you for our amazing week stay. We had such a great time. Caught a lot of fish.
The Baker's – 2016
Thank you so much for a great time at Pine Sunset Lodge Mitch and Sharon. Book us back for two future hunts. I certainly got the bragging rights over Jim on this one.
Judie – 2016
Hi Sharon and Mitch,
My sons and I had the very best time and I thank you for that. We will certainly be up again from Wisconsin. Hope to see you at the Milwaukee show. Is the new lodge completed? I'm looking forward to seeing my monster walleye picture on the board. Thanks again and we will see you again.
Tim – 2016
Best owners in Northwest Ontario. No BS kind of experience. There to help, there for anything. Mitch and Sharon built a lil piece of heaven. We always are counting down next years trip after the first bite of that Dinorwic Wallaye..
Kyle - 2015
We had a wonderful a time staying here and fishing. It was relaxing and the fishing was good and the price was reasonable!!
Andrea - 2015
You have a great facility and your booth at the All Canada Show is ALWAYS packed with prior customers!
Satveer - 2015
Although the car ride is quite long, once we arrived at Pine Sunset Lodge, it was all worth it! Overall...the general surroundings of the camp is very well kept, beautiful and tranquil. However, what truly makes the resort unforgettable is Sharon and Mitch's hospitality and continuously trying to accommodate all the guests in the camp and their individual needs to ensure a totally enjoyable stay and time on the water. Sharon and Mitch is what makes Pine Sunset Lodge a class above the rest when it comes to a Canadian fishing adventure.
This was our second consecutive year of staying at Pine Sunset Lodge and we'll be back!
Robert - 2015
Great hosts with wonderful fishing!!! We enjoyed the entire week and learned a lot...Already have sent the deposit for next June! Sharon and Mitch know how to make all feel welcome and important. They go the extra mile to make sure the stay is a good one.
Ned - 2015
It's been quite a start to the day. Walleyes, sauger, crappie smallmouth bass and northern pike have all answered the early morning wake-up call at our first stop at an island we nicknamed Eagle Island. Sharon Gusick, owner of Pine Sunset Lodge is guiding our journey today. We are off to a great start.
Then as the sun rises in the sky, we make a short trip to Sandbar Island. Another great decision. We begin hooking walleye after walleye. The action is great so I decide to get some video. As I am recording my wife Jill catching a walleye in Sharon's boat, I notice Stacey getting ready for more action in our boat. She allows the fish to take the bait and then she leans back into a stiff hook set. The line peels off her reel. "I don't think that's a walleye" Sharon says as she directs Stacey to just let the fish go where it wants. Sure enough, the ensuing fight produces a beautiful 37" northern pike that could not resist the jig and minnow combination.
This is the action Jill and I hoped for as we scheduled this Canadian fishing trip with our two sons, Noah and Ian, along with her sister Stacey, husband Troy and young son Quinn.
"Let's try another spot for a few more walleyes and maybe some perch to round out our shore lunch" Sharon said. So we travel to Stanawan Bay and find precisely what Sharon had anticipated.
The noon sun was reflecting back into my eyes as I focused carefully on my line and rod tip. I was eagerly awaiting the light bite from the next perch to add to our menu for shore lunch. However, now I faced my biggest decision of the day. Do I ask my brother-in-law Troy to ease us back into the jumbo perch hole or do I keep my mouth shut and let the wind blow us closer to the shoreline he is exploring with his white bucktail for smallmouth bass? Just as I begin to make my request, he confidently announces "got one".
Judging from Troy's serious tone and the steady pull on his drag, this was a solid fish. Troy battled it back toward the boat. We still did not know what it was… a huge smallie? a monster walleye? maybe a northern? Finally, he eased it toward the surface and a thick muskie showed itself for just a moment. Then it made another quick, downward burst away from view. The glimpse was enough to know that without a steel leader, Troy would need to carefully play out this monster.
Troy did a masterful job of patiently allowing the uncooperative muskie to make several runs away from the boat. The fish seemed to find another blast of energy every time we thought it was ready to land. Finally, Troy won the battle and the 40 inch musky was hoisted up for an autograph session before being released back into the lake to fight another day.
What a morning! As we motored to our shore lunch location overlooking Moose Bay, my thoughts returned to the challenging question I had for Sharon and her husband Mitch at the 2015 All Canada Show in Green Bay. Will Pine Sunset Lodge produce the quality fishing experience my family desired? After all, my wife and two sons love catching walleye. However, my sons want to chase down big northern or muskie. My wife and I hoped to get on a bunch of jumbo perch. But to make it even more difficult, we wanted to share the experience with Stacey, Troy and Quinn who normally do not fish walleye but instead spend their time casting for bass and northern. Sharon convinced me that Pine Sunset and the Dinorwic / Wabigoon Lakes would not disappoint. Certainly the results of this morning's trip proved Sharon right.
During our shore lunch on a scenic island overlooking Moose Bay, I asked Sharon what she felt were key features of the Pine Sunset Lodge. She said after purchasing the resort over 14 years ago, they modernized the 9 housekeeping cabins. "Our cabins can accommodate 2-14 guests each," she said. "All the cabins are located on the narrow peninsula which gives a great view of the sunrise and sunset - plus, we have a camping area for those who prefer to bring their own tents, campers or RV."
Another unique feature at Pine Sunset is the once a week cookout. Sharon elaborated, "Mitch and I started a tradition where we fire up the deep fryer and cook up a pile of fish along with all the fixin's. It's a great chance early in the week to meet all the guests, make new friends and share those fishing stories so people know where the best action is."
In my opinion, this is a special part of the culture created by Sharon and Mitch. Not only did their guests share fishing experiences at the cookout, but it seemed like it was a nightly occurrence at the fish cleaning house. You know I'm a fishing nut, when I tell you how much I enjoy a quality fish cleaning house. Sharon's facility is complete with stainless steel counters, fillet boards, wash areas and even freezers. Awesome!
Back to our day with Sharon. After lunch we motor several rice bays and up a small creek to Minnehaha Lake. It is home to a beautiful waterfalls. Only one other boat was sharing the lake with us today. This family was enjoying a refreshing swim on a shoreline near the waterfalls.
The water in Minnehaha is crystal clear and the northern pike put on a spectacular underwater show for us. You could witness powerful attacks on your spinner bait during long retrieves. The toothy "gators" seemed to appear out of nowhere to snatch up the shiny offering. Many would chase the lure back to the boat and provide a vicious point blank strike when you ended your retrieve with a boat-side figure 8. Breathtaking!
As we started securing our gear for the trip back to the resort, Sharon pointed out a portage trail leading up to a deeper, clear lake above the waterfall. "It's a great option for some fantastic smallmouth and northern fishing" she said. "If you're lucky, you can even hook into lake trout as well in that lake".
Our day was over but our success had just begun. We spent the rest of the trip experiencing many similar victories. A day in Turtle Pond proved to be a northern bonanza. A different journey into Moose Bay produced walleyes and more jumbo perch. While casting for muskies off a bay with the camp dock in view I hooked a 26" walleye on a crank bait. Then on our final afternoon, we ended with an unforgettable stop at our "Eagle Island". The fish gave us a hearty "send off" as we ended our time at Pine Sunset. We closed out that day with an unbelievable bite by walleyes and then the crappie turned on to conclude the remaining minutes of daylight in dramatic fashion. What a way to end a truly memorable week.
During this year's All Canada Show, I urge you to talk with Sharon and Mitch Gusick, owners of Pine Sunset Lodge if you are looking for an easy to travel to location. A destination with excellent fishing opportunities. Their resort is located just Southeast of Dryden on Dinorwic Lake. It is considered by many to be one of the top combination walleye and muskie waters in North America. The promotional literature I researched claimed that the Dinorwic / Wabigoon waters can produce 12 pound walleye, over 50" muskies, an abundance of 30-40" northern , 6 pound smallies, crappie, yellow perch and even lake trout can be found in nearby lakes.
So I encourage you to challenge Sharon and Mitch with your questions. During our trip I saw firsthand that Sharon regularly spends many hours on the water scouting for fish. She knows her stuff. She then passes that information along to her guests. So ask your questions about why Pine Sunset Lodge is the right destination for your quality fishing experience. My family is glad I did!
Brian - 2015
If you want to go to Canada fishing, this is the camp to stay in. Mitch and Sharon will make you feel at home. Get the boat upgrade, has electric start. Get a guide, ask for Brian. He is good and knows the lake. The cabins are clean and the camp cook out is a lot of fun.
Glenn - 2015
What a great time we had. Our group likes to fish for many different species and Dinorwic Lake is the ticket. Our boat experienced catching walleye, sauger, northern, smallmouth, perch, crappie and what we think was a monster muskie. It would not come up and moved like a submarine until the line broke. So heart breaking we didn't get see this fish but will be back again next year. The cabin was very nice and had everything we needed. The setting of Pine Sunset Lodge is the best we have ever seen with great sunrise and sunset views. The service is by far suburb and can see that Mitch and Sharon really care about their customers. We will for sure be back and will bring more people with us. See you next year.
M.D. - 2015
Hey there, just wanted to thank you for a great trip. We had an excellent time during our week there and can all but guarantee we'll be back... Anyways, here are a select few pictures from our trip.
Jeremiah - 2012
Just a quick thank you for having us at your lodge. It was a great trip and we all had a good time.
Steven - 2012
Mitch and Sharon,
Attached are a few pictures from another enjoyable vacation at Pine Sunset Lodge last week. Thanks again for making it another enjoyable trip, already looking forward to next year.
Chuck and the rest of our group - 2012
Sharon just wanted to thank you guys for this year's bear hunt. Everyone had a good time! I talked to Mark today and he expressed interest in going. Could you put us on the bear hunt list? There would 5 in our party with a possible 6th. I told Mark it looked to be a ways out as you were booked up but wanted to get put on the list. Thanks again for the experience this year and as always you guys were great! Hit me back on projected time frame again and hope to see you next spring!
Aaron - 2012
Sharon... Thanks for the good time! Thanks for taking us fishing and for the wonderful meal last night (camp cookout). We love you both and pray God give you great blessings the rest of the season and behond.
Betty and David - 2012
Hey Mitch and Sharon....just wanted to thank you one last time for the great vacation. We waited 8 years and it was worth it. Great fishing and lots of family memories the kids will talk about for years to come. My absolute favorite was shore lunch. A complete and peaceful day. Lake trout was a very cool experience and was thrilled to share with my family.
Jerry and Trish - 2012
Dear Sharon and Mitch,
Thank you very much for all you assistance in making our first stay at Pine Sunset Lodge. Mitch...thank you very much for taking us to the northern lake. Those pike fillets tasted great. Both of you have a great year and we'll see you again.
Gary and Rebecca - 2012
Sharon and Mitch -
How ya' doin from Northeast Wisconsin! Now that we are "home" and have evaluated our trip we are DEFINITELY coming back next year. We want June 2nd thru the 9th. Matt and I have asked my two son-in laws if they want to come with us. One way or another you WILL see Matt and I next year. I made my wife Jane her first Dinorwic Walleye fish fry last week she LOVED it! I have attached a couple of pictures for you…
Thanks again for the hospitality - God Bless,
Glen - 2011
THANKS Sharon and Mitch for a FABULOUS week at Pine Sunset. Wow. Wish I could move up there. While we started slowly the first day and a half, the fishing the rest of our stay was fast, furious, and fun. I guess we were there during Week 6, the Mayfly hatch week, as everything was covered with them. We did not get the ever-elusive muskie, but we did get more Northern Pike than we could handle, many in the 5-6 pound range. All catch and release for us, as we prefer walleye and perch for eating. But the pike action was crazy the last two days we were there. Two over 45 inches were released "after touching the leader," thus ensuring we did no harm to these beauties by handling them. Walleye superb. Have caught alot in our day, but I personally have never had success with quality walleye in weed beds. Wow. We caught some great fish in the evening fishing weedbeds. And perch--truly JUMBO perch--were beautiful and plentiful. Weed beds in the South were hot for perch for days.
All perch were caught jigging minnows in weed beds South. Some walleye caught jigging near islands. Other walleyes and all pike caught in weed beds using Johnson Silver Minnows in gold--medium to large size. WEEDLESS of course. Wow, do the pike love this lure.
Sharon and Mitch are wonderful hosts and the cabins fantastic. The property is perfect, the boats top notch, and the lake and area simply stunningly beautiful. You cannot go wrong with a trip to Pine Sunset Lodge.
Steve and Rich --- 2011
Just wanted to follow up with a big thank you from me and my family. The cabin was clean as a pin, the boats ran smoothly, and we all had a great time. I would recommend Pine Sunset to all my friends and we're planning on coming back up and bringing our boys. I give you both credit as I never saw either of you slow down from the minute we arrived constantly checking on the guests and making sure everything was in working order. Thanks again for a great week of fishing and enjoying the Canadian outdoors and we're all looking forward to our next trip.
Rodney - Kecia, Steve - Becky, Mike - Sharon 2011.
Hi Mitch and Sharon!
We had a great time last week at Pine Sunset Lodge. Stories are still being retold!!!
Kevin and Tammy ---- 2011
Sharon / Mitch,
Thanks again for all the hospitality during our stay 8/13 thru 8/19. We really enjoyed the challenge of learning a new lake to better understand the best spots that hold fish. Attached is a picture of our big fish of the week, a 36"+ northern caught on a 6" orange and black Bulldawg. Please feel free to post on your website if you would like.
Mark and David ------ 2011
Would like to thank Sharon for the hospitality shown to 2 Southern boys on their first ever walleye trip. Really enjoyed fishing with you. Am posting a couple of pics.
Frank & Robert ----- 2011
Mitch & Sharon
Just wanted to thank you for a great week in Canada. We've met some great people over the years and made some new friends. The fishing was great and we are looking forward to next year. Allie said say hi to the dogs!
Lee, Mike, & Allie ------ 2011
Sharon- Sue and I just wanted to send our thanks for the nice week we spent at your place. We appreciated the day trip and shore lunch, the fishing tips, help with the walleyes on Friday, and your attentiveness. Everyone had a wonderful time.
We'd like to consider coming up the week of Memorial Day next year, just the two of us for some perch fishing. Is cabin #3 available that week?
Thanks again, and give our thanks to Mitch as well.
Bob and Sue - 2010
Sharon & Mitch,
Thank you very much for a great week at The Pine Sunset Lodge. Fun was had by all.
Fishing was wonderful and you and Mitch made it even better.
Thanks again and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Scott - 2010
Just a note to tell you and Mitch how much we enjoyed your camp.
Tyler and I had a super time.
Thank you for everything.
Jerry and Tyler - 2010
Mitch & Sharon,
I just wanted you both to know how grateful Ryan and I are for the great time!
Neither of us could ask for more. You were both very kind and knowledgeable.
The cabins were very nice and clean, and we totally enjoyed the whole trip!!!!
We made it back home Ok without any speeding tickets, or pickup trouble.
Going through customs went smoothly, in fact it only took us 22 minutes.
We both are thinking about getting our bears done in a full body mounts.
If we do go that way I'll send you pictures later - (over a year and a half back up)
I've been showing everyone back here my hunting and fishing pictures.
Many of them think it looks like you have a really neat set up there.
I've given out your names to lots of people so hopefully some of them follow it up.
Thanks again, if bear hunting comes up again, we want to come there.
Rog & Ryan - 2010
Thanks for being such super host's. We had a great time and will return soon.
Eric and Carolyn - 2010
Marty and I just want you to know we appreciate the time you spent with our family and THANK YOU for a wonderful week. I can't tell you how much fun it was. We will be back. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Leslie - 2010
Can't thank you enough for our trip. It was such a wonderful time!!!! It was fun listening Courtney and Chris talking about our trip on the way home. They kept talking about next time... I wish you could have seen how proud Courtney was showing her dad her fish she caught. It was a pretty cool moment.
It was really nice getting to know your Mom and Dad better. What nice folks you have! I am so glad we had time together to share a few stories and I look forward to sharing a few more sometime. Good people. Just good people!
Today was back to reality. One of those days when everything just did not turn out as it should. And I think every crazy person decided it was my turn to talk to... Lucky me. Oh well all in day. I did have a few patients ask where I have been. So I ended up giving out your website info. Could you send me the pictures of my walleye and the group picture with the trout? I will proudly display them on my desk at work and get a few more post-its ready to hand out with your info on them. Word of mouth can never hurt.
Well I better get going and get some laundry done. Again THANK YOU! It was absolutely Wonderful!
Talk to you soon
Pam - 2009
We returned home safe and sound. The group enjoyed there stay. Even with the tough walleye bite we managed fish for dinner 4 times and returned with our limit. The exceptional smallmouth bite was great, we had one over 17 inches and many between 14 and 16. Thanks again for taking the time to show us how to y bone a northern, if I could catch them in Illinois I might actually learn. See you next September, hopefully the weather will be more like Fall.
Mike - 2009
Sharon & Mitch
Here are a few of the fish pictures from our trip to Pine Sunset Lodge last
week. It includes Randy's 33" and 36" northerns, and our largest walleye
and smallmouth, and my 51" musky.
Each year we think that the previous year cannot be topped, but it seems
there is a new exhilerating experience every year. This year we caught our
share of walleyes, all by jigging with a twister tail or trolling with shad
raps. Our largest one was 21".
We caught many small mouth this year, and some large perch. The largest
small mouth picture is attached. We also caught some large northerns, 3 of
them 33" and Randy's 36" (his 36" and one of his 33" are attached).
The hilite of the week was the 51" musky I caught Wednesday evening, within
seeing distance of the camp dock (picture attached). It was caught on a
shad rap while trolling for walleyes, 8# test with no leader!
Thanks to both of you for your friendship and excellent hospitality. We are
already looking forward to next year.
Please feel free to use these pictures (and this email) for promoting Pine
Sunset Lodge in the capacity you see fit.
Rog Paulsen, WI - 2009
Hi Mitch and Sharon,
Hope all is well up in camp. It's still hard to believe the weather we enjoyed the week we were up there. That might have been the best I have ever experienced up in Canada. Fishing was great as we caught so many Walleye over twenty inches. Here are a few pictures from this year. See you at the All Canada show in January.
Richard - 2009
Thanks again for another awesome trip. I can't tell you how great it was to share the smallie fishing with my son. He is still talking about it all. A kid just can't hide the enthusiasm, and every time Lane brings it up, a huge smile comes across his face. He truely had a great time.
You guys really take care of us- and we appreciate it. Every year the camp improves over the previous and I hope for your continued success. I know it won't be Lane's last trip! I attached a few pics from this year.
Mark R. - 2009
Mitch & Sharon:
Just a quick note of Thanks. It was a great trip. Here's a testimonial if you ever need one.
"I highly recommend staying at Pine Sunset Lodge. Mitch and Sharon are always ready to take care of you no matter what you need. The accomodations are comfortable, location is convenient, and their know a thing or two about how to catch fish. We look forward to coming back every year."
Thomas R. - 2009
Hello Sharon and Mitch,
I went to your website yesterday to see how you guys were doing and I was greeted with a brand new website. Very Cool! The video clip with Midwest Outdoors is awesome and so are the fishing and fish cleaning tips. I went to "This Summer's Photos" and was disappointed to see only pics of snow. I've spoken to a couple of people that just returned from a Canada fishing trip and they both said the fishing was slow due to the weather. I was happy to see six pics of my family still in the walleye photo album. I've said 3 or 4 times in the last couple of weeks that I wish we were headed up. Every fall I keep up with the bear and deer kill photos. Looks like Mitch has things figured out. Those deer are incredible.
I wish you well this summer.
Randy P - 2009
Sharon & Mitch,
Just had to tell you and everybody what a great time we had. The fishing was fantastic even though Jeff didn't get his musky. You both are so very accommodating. Thanks for the paddle boat use, Nikki knows that bay area probably better than you! Your hospitality is wonderful the cook out was the best idea and the food great! We got to meet some great folks who shared some secrets and helped us out when we needed it. We'll be back if you'll have us again and we are telling everybody about your place.
Thanks for everything
Jeff , Linda and Nikki
P.S. Loved the knot works for me!!!!!!!