Welcome to the incredible Northwest Territories, where you can fish in July with the sun shining for 24 hours a day! These fabulous fishing trips include your float plane flight to and from the lodge, and that is a reel deal (pun intended)! Crystal-clear waters allow you to see 20- to 50-pound lake trout swimming below. For a changeup, fish the river for big, hungry grayling, the sailfish of the North. Even pike are available. AND THIS IS THE ONLY LODGE ON THIS 1,700-SQUARE MILE LAKE, SO THERE IS ALMOST ZERO FISHING PRESSURE!
Expect to catch lots of fish, lots of big fish (lakers to 50 pounds). You may even see caribou, musk ox, wolves, Arctic foxes and more. And choose your weapons: both conventional tackle and fly fishing are excellent choices for these big and uneducated leviathans (fly anglers must bring their own fishing gear). The average laker will be 15 to 30 pounds (but plenty 30-50 lbs.), and grayling can reach 5 pounds! NOTE: It takes decades to grow large lakers up here, so all trout over 10 lbs. are released (a few small ones are kept for shore lunches, or if you wish to take a couple home with you).
Forget what you thought you knew about fishing for lake trout, as the fishing here isn’t like fishing anywhere else. Due to the cold temperatures, trout can be found in shallow water (15’-25’) all summer long, making them the hardest-fighting, most aggressive freshwater fish you’ve battled. Here you will find some of the most satisfying fishing opportunities of your life, whether you choose to troll, fly fish or jig. The season runs from early July through early September. If you prefer the hard water season, however, they also offer some outstanding icefishing in the winter!
A typical day of fishing usually starts early (9:00 AM), with you and one other angler joining your guide in a 16-ft aluminum Lund or Crestliner boat. After a morning of wrestling some big fish, you will stop for a fresh fish shore lunch, followed by more fishing until your arms ache (30-50 fish days are common!). Stream fishing can be enjoyed too for big, feisty grayling. Then back to the 3,000- sq. ft. lodge around 6:00 PM for drinks, tall tales and a big dinner, followed by a hot shower and bed. If you wish, you can catch some more lakers and grayling from shore at the lodge after dinner.
Butch, our VP, has sampled the Guatemala fishery with some clients, and while some very weird and unusual weather slowed the bite on a couple of their days, they still managed to raise over 40 sails in 3 days, landing 19, plus one 55” long mahi-mahi. And this was actually some poor fishing for the area!! Normal weather probably would have doubled or tripled that catch- or better.
Whether you – as an offshore sport fisher prefer fighting sailfish & marlin on conventional gear, or on spinning tackle, or on-the fly, they typically will provide you with multiple shots at sailfish (pez vela), blue marlin (marlin azul), black marlin, striped marlin, dorado (mahi-mahi) or yellow fin tuna. Inshore fishing trips target rooster fish, Spanish mackerel, and jack crevalle. Try fly-fishing for sailfish – using the bait and switch technique. Tends to become an addiction for anglers once you release your first sailfish on the fly! In terms of best days, one boat caught over 124 sails in a single day on conventional light tackle and another boat released 50 in a one day using the fly. The most common boat fished in Guatemala is the famed 31 Bertram which is fast and maneuverable and provides more cockpit space due to its special layout for sport fishing than that of many boats greater than 40 feet or more. Here is what your boat looks like:
2024 PRICES (subject to change without notice until deposit received; all prices in USD)
5-Day Trip $5,500 per person, plus 5% tax
10-Day Trip $9,900 per person, plus 5% tax
Min. party size if 2 people. Packages include regularly-scheduled charter flights between Yellowknife, NWT and the lodge. If you choose other than regularly-scheduled flights, it is at your cost. Due to fluctuating fuels costs, a fuel surcharge may be imposed. The lodge also requires all guests to purchase medical evacuation and trip cancellation insurance (Hunt Nation will provide info).
- Airfares between home and Yellowknife
- Fishing license
- Fly fishing tackle (all conventional fishing gear is provided)
- Alcoholic beverages and mix
- Cancellation insurance
- Any expenses before or after, or incurred due to delays caused by inclement weather, mechanical or other reasons beyond the lodge’s control
Lodging is in comfortable guest cabins set up to accommodate 4 guests each. The lodge can accommodate up to 20 guests per week.
You will fly into Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. There are usually daily flights into Yellowknife from several major Canadian cities. You will need to fly into Yellowknife the day before, as you will be boarding a charter flight (approx. 2 hours) to the lodge the next morning. Guests normally arrive for lunch, and spend the rest of the day settling in and getting ready for fishing the next morning. You will then have 5 full days of fishing, including your departure day, so you will need to spend another night in Yellowknife outbound, before catching your commercial flight home the next day.