Boat Fishing

At Dorval Lodge Outfitter, we offer the boats and motors rental. Our boats are perfect for experienced fishermen and those who love fishing. These well-designed boats are intended to provide a wonderful and comfortable fishing experience. Fishing from a shore or dock offers its own excitement, but there is nothing like exploring deeper water to catch a fish.

With your own boat, you can navigate to the ideal fishing spot and, by securing your position, you and your companions can relax and wait for a big fish to grab the hook. However, fishing from a boat offers a different experience than casting the line from a solid bottom. So no matter what type of water you’re fishing in—whether it’s a river, lake or the sea—you have to be prepared to make the appropriate adjustments.

Here are some tips that you can use to successfully fish from your rental boat at Dorval Lodge Outfitter:

Be Prepared:

Like any other outdoor activities, boat fishing requires proper preparation. Keep in mind that once you set sail, you may not be back on shore for some time so make sure you have everything you need. One of the best ways to make sure you don’t forget anything is to make a checklist in advance and write down all the little things such as insecticides and bait.


It goes without saying that your boat must be in excellent condition before leaving. You don’t want to have mechanical problems at sea, on a lake or in a river. In order to do so, you must have the right size anchor. In some cases, it is preferable to use a bigger anchor, for instance for deep-sea fishing, because it helps to hold your boat more securely. You should also have adequate chain—the minimum length, as a general rule, should be as long as your boat, but it may be longer.


Properly maintained fishing equipment can make the difference between a fishing experience you enjoy and one you can be truly proud of. But equipment doesn’t have to be checked just because you’re going to use it—you need to have your equipment periodically inspected.


To go out fishing in a boat, it is not enough to simply drop anchor somewhere and cast your line. You can surely do it, but it’s not the most efficient method because you may lose your time. To get the most out of your fishing trip, you need to plan in advance. First, identify the type of fish you want to catch and see if it’s active during the season. You will also need to determine where you want to fish and which fishing rod and bait would be best suited for that fishing area.

Before Getting Underway:

It is certainly exciting to finally go fishing in your boat, but it is important to plan ahead enough time before the planned departure to do a few extra things.

Casting Your Line:

You can anchor at the chosen spot and wait for the fish to catch the hook, but you can also consider additional ways to increase your chances of catching a big fish.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

The gear you choose needs to be suitable for the area you will be fishing in. For example, in a river or shallow cove where you may have to swim, sturdy boots would be a good choice. Climate is also a factor to take into consideration when choosing your clothing, as more layers are needed in colder temperatures. In addition, fishing trips can take a full day or more depending on your plans, so pack appropriately. Keep in mind that even if the weather is warm during the day, the temperatures may drop as night comes closer. And on any boat trip, even for short distances, please remember to make sure that you and your friends each have a life jacket.

Check Weather Conditions

You must be aware that even if it is sunny the day before your trip, it can change the day you are going fishing. The weather can change significantly, so be sure to check for updates before leaving. What are the best conditions for fishing? Sunny days can be pleasant for humans, but some fish tend to take advantage of cooler, deeper water to avoid the heat.


Troll fishing is a technique that involves leaving a baited line trailing behind your slow-moving boat. This allows you to cover a larger area, often allowing you to capture fish with less effort. This method, which can be used in lakes or at sea, involves casting a baited line and then attaching the rod to the boat. You then slowly move your boat around on the water. If you’re out at sea and there’s a prevailing wave, move your boat in its direction because that’s also the way big fish go. This is one of the ways they conserve energy, so they are likely to follow the lure as it comes in their direction.

Trolling Plus Moves and Cast

If you are fishing in a lake, you can also combine trolling with a different method. With this technique, you move along the shoreline and stop in the space between two fishing spots. There you can cast your line. You can then do the same around the lake to get the most from your fishing trip. It can be difficult, but when the big fish bite, you’ll feel the benefit of your perseverance.