Soap product developed specifically for anglers

Most weeks, I write about my activities and adventures in the field or on the water. After all, I spend a lot of my time outdoors during all seasons; that’s just the way I roll.
But since I returned home late last week from my most recent bass tournament in Arkansas, I’ve been almost in a state of depression with this weather!
When you compare the temperatures to mid-winter, I understand it isn’t super cold. But for late April, it’s bad! Over the weekend, we had some wind and precipitation mixed in to really make it miserable outside.
Since I wasn’t outside over the past few days, I don’t have any good stories to share.
Usually during this time frame, I’m hitting the woods looking for shed deer antlers or getting the boat launched. But there’s still way too much snow in the woods to enjoy walking and obviously there is still plenty of ice.
In fact, I’ll likely do some ice fishing this weekend.
I recently came across a cool product with an interesting tie to Sunset Country. The Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Co. recently started producing a soap developed specifically for anglers.
The soap company was founded 13 years ago by former Kenora resident Whitney Allan, whose intention was to design alternatives to the harsh soaps that were available to consumers.
She began by making soaps for her friends and family, using natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. Over the years, she perfected her recipes as demand for product continued to grow.
Last September, Allan and her husband moved to B.C., so she sold The Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Co. to Kenora resident Rita Boutette, who has continued to create hand-made soaps in small batches with pure, essential oils.
“We use a cold process method to make the soaps so they retain all of their natural glycerin, which is great for your skin yet is generally removed in commercial soaps,” Boutette explains.
“Our bars are then cured for six weeks, during which time they become milder and the water used in production evaporates, making a harder, longer-lasting bar,” she notes.
The fishing soap came from research that Boutette did which showed that the licorice smell masks human odour as well as attracts fish. She explained further that some fishing companies produce licorice-scented spray scents for anglers to spray on their lures, which I have seen before.
The new soap will be called “Licorice Lure” and it will be available in several Kenora stores beginning in May. “We are also donating sample bars to all of the anglers fishing in Kenora Bass International in August,” said Boutette.
I will say there are times when you want to have a good cover up soap in the boat with you in case you get gas or oil on your hands because you don’t want to transfer that stuff to your lure.
You can learn more about The Lake of the Woods Soap Co. at
Meanwhile, I received a note this week from Scott Stafford down in Fort Frances, who he let me know the annual Fort Frances Gun & Hobby Show will be taking place Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club, with an admission fee of $5.
Hopefully the weather starts getting better. Either way, I’ll toughen up and get my butt outside to do something this weekend.