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Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. (coffee is ready at 5:00 a.m. for the early risers). After breakfast, you will meet your guide and head out from the dock around 8 a.m. You can fish for lake trout, northern pike, or both, and maybe arctic grayling. Your experienced guide will put you onto the fish of your choice.
Shore Lunch will be prepared around noon at a scenic and sheltered lakefront spot. Your guides try hard to ensure your shore lunch is tasty but fast so you can return to Lake Athabasca's amazing fishing.
After an epic afternoon of fishing, you will head back to the lodge by 5–6 p.m. Supper is served buffet style at the lodge around 7:00 p.m.
For evening guided fishing (by boat) near the lodge, the cost is $40 per hour (this goes entirely to your guide). The bay near the lodge also has good pike fishing, plus you can walk up to a point near the channel to cast for lake trout and arctic grayling on your own. Or just sit around the campfire or out on the deck overlooking the bay, make plans for tomorrow's epic fishing, look for the Aurora Borealis, and enjoy your favorite beverage.
Trolling for Lake Trout: Medium-heavy, fast action rods spooled with 30-50+ pound mono or braided line are preferred for lake trout on Lake Athabasca. Fluorocarbon leaders and terminal tackle should be rated for 80 pounds. Large Flatfish lures, Eppin...)
Trolling for Lake Trout:
Medium-heavy, fast action rods spooled with 30-50+ pound mono or braided line are preferred for lake trout on Lake Athabasca. Fluorocarbon leaders and terminal tackle should be rated for 80 pounds. Large Flatfish lures, Eppingers, Hootchies, and Len Thompson spoons are top choices. Don’t forget to bring a few Five of Diamonds spoons, big plugs, and crankbaits too. But no worries, your guides have lots of trolling lures for the lakers.
Jigging for Lake Trout:
Medium-heavy, fast-action rods with spin casting reels and 25-30+ pound mono or braided line work great for this type of fishing. One to two-ounce, tube or bucktail jigs work very well. White, chartreuse, and black colored jigs are the most popular. Bondy Baits are another great lure for the lakers on Lake Athabasca. These big heavy baits are very effective when slowly dragged or jigged near the bottom of the lake. ‘Dragging a Bondy’ along the bottom will produce huge lake trout. Bondy Baits are simply irresistible to trophy lakers and mimic the baitfish and ciscoes that inhabit Lake Athabasca. Slowly drifting over the steeper drop-offs with a big jig is one of the most exciting ways to fish for lake trout. Pay attention at all times, and hang on when these big fish inhale your jig!
Fly Fishing for Lake Trout:
A lot of fly fishers are surprised to find out that lake trout can be readily taken on a fly rod. From ice-out in June and into July, the top of the water column remains within the temperature range that large lake trout prefer. Large lake trout can often be seen cruising the shallows and rocky drop-offs, searching for prey. Deceivers, large jointed saltwater flies, and rabbit fur strip streamers are all top producers for the lake trout fly fisherman. 8-10 weight fly rods with large capacity reels are a must for these trophy lakers on Lake Athabasca.
When fishing for Northern Pike anywhere in Canada’s north, the most exciting method is casting into the shallows and drop-offs where the pike is lurking and waiting to ambush their prey. Spoons are always a good first choice, as well as large jigs, floating or shallow-running crankbaits, or big spinnerbaits. Good steel or titanium leaders or heavy fluorocarbon leaders are a must for these aggressive toothy predators. Fly fishermen will do well casting big streamers or floating mouse patterns early in the season when the biggest pike are waiting in the shallows and along the weed lines.
For Arctic Grayling, the fly fisherman will do very well casting dark nymphs and bead head patterns such as hare’s ear or prince nymphs, or cast dry flies like an elk hair caddis or stimulators with floating line and see if there are any takers on the surface. 3-4 weight flyrods are best for grayling. For the non-flyfisher, grayling can be caught by spin casting using ultra-light tackle, such as small spoons and white or black jigs. Mepps, Blue Fox, and Panther Martin spinners are all great lures for Canada’s arctic grayling.
BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY
All bookings require a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip cost in order to confirm your dates, with the balance due by May 1.