Crooks Lake Lodge
Giant Labrador Brookies
Crooks Lake Lodge is located sixty miles southeast of Goose Bay, Labrador, on the upper Eagle River watershed, south of the Mealy Mountains. Crooks Lake is five miles long with rivers and streams entering and leaving the lake that are full of brookies that run 2-8 pounds and large northern pike up to 20 pounds are plentiful.
Fishing Crooks Lake
Though commonly called a trout, the brook trout is actually a char - along with lake trout, dolly varden, and the Arctic char. The brook trout is native to the many rivers and lakes in
Labrador. Fly fishing is the most popular fishing method for brookies. Streamers, nymphs, dry flies and mouse popper imitations are very effective.
The best dry fly fishing is from late June to late July. Spinning gear with single barbless hooks is also permitted. A government study in 2005, determined that the average brookie caught at Crooks Lake weighed
over 4.5 pounds.
At Crooks Lake Lodge, there is a lot of opportunity for anglers who like to wade. Catch-and-release is encouraged. Two anglers per guide and outboard boat. The lodge does not supply fishing tackle or the use of fishing rods and reels.
Northern pike fishing season starts in mid-June and ends in late August. Pike are caught with spoons, large crankbaits and large poppers and streamers. These fish are known for their savage strikes. Northern Pike of 20 pounds and up, provide a secondary challenge for fly fishermen who choose to take them on light tackle. Typically found in the shallower weedy areas of the watershed, these fish are the barracuda of the North, feeding on anything that swims, including voles, duckling, and even trout. Anglers are well advised to bring wire tippets as their surgical scalpel-like teeth will slice through monofilament like a knife through butter. They love mice patterns, but will also explode on big poppers and large saltwater streamer patterns.
About Crooks Lake Lodge
Comfortable, unpretentious lodge in a wilderness setting. The main lodge overlooks the lake and consists of a kitchen, dining and lounge area, three large bedrooms and a screened-in sun porch. The lodge now has Wi-Fi. The lodge is limited to six anglers at a time, with an emphasis on personal attention. Delicious home-cooked meals. The lodge is open for prime fishing from early June to late August.
Commercial flights are available to Goose Bay Airport in Goose Bay, Labrador. You’ll be picked up at the airport in Goose Bay and driven to your hotel for the night (the hotel night is not included in the package). Early the next morning, you'll be driven to the floatplane for your 35-minute flight to the lodge. On the way home, book your flight after 12:00 noon and you will not need to overnight.
7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
Price does not include 7.5% GST.
2018 trip dates: June 11-17, June 17-23, June 23-29, June 29 – July 5, July 5-11 and July 11-17. Packages sell out quickly. Please call for availability.
Airport reception and transfers in Goose Bay, roundtrip float plane flight between Goose Bay and the lodge, accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, fishing license, Wi-Fi, and use of satellite phone.
Packages do not include:
Airfare to Goose Bay, Labrador; hotel and meals in Goose Bay, fishing tackle, the use of rods and reels, liquor (may be ordered in advance and sent to the lodge), gratuities, 7.5% GST, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Avoid an extra hotel night.
Due to the early morning float plane flight, you’ll need to overnight in Goose Bay before flying to the lodge. On your return home, book your flight after 12:00 noon and you will not need to overnight.