Fly or Spin Fishing for Trophy Pike
Plan on booking this trip two years out, as they are sold out for the 2019 and almost sold out for 2020. NW Territories is home to world-famous Great Slave Lake, which is 300 miles long. Trout Rock Wilderness Lodge is located in a chain of islands, right in the heart of the North Arm of Great Slave Lake. They are the only sportfishing lodge in the 100-mile-long North Arm and the Lodge is only a 12-minute floatplane flight from Yellowknife.
Fishing Great Slave Lake
The fishing areas are protected from northerly winds, which means you can always catch fish. The trophy pike are large due to an abundance of baitfish, no fishing pressure,
a catch-and-release policy, and a perfect habitat.
Travel Time: The best fishing is close to the Lodge, so you don’t waste time traveling.
While fishing in the cold weedy waters of the North Arm, you'll see the boil of the pike as they stalk their prey. Their attack is ferocious, and several hits may occur before the final strike. Fishing on top with a fly rod, casting a Moss-Boss, or buzz bait is especially exciting. Single barbless hooks are mandatory.
Season: The season begins when the North Arm gives up its grip on winter, usually the last week of May. Peak season for monster pike is from late May to late July. June 1 to 31st, and every season a handful of pike, 50-inches or better, is caught. 99% of their clients catch a 40-inch trophy or better during peak season. Ice fishing runs from December to May. The Lodge is open year-round.
Boats: 18-foot Jon boats with 40-HP outboards, the perfect combination for fishing the weedy shallows and rocky shoreline of the North Arm.
Boats are equipped with a VHF radio, a first aid kit, and life jackets. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Guides: are fully trained in wilderness first aid/CPR and are masters in preparing a North Canadian shore lunch from the morning’s catch.
Fishing Hours: You’re guided a minimum of eight hours per day. In the evenings, you have the options of fishing from a canoe, fishing from shore near the Lodge, or paying a guide $50.00 per hour for additional guided fishing.
Fishing Equipment: The Lodge does not supply fishing tackle or the use of rods or reels. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing Licenses: are not included. A non-resident NWT license runs about $40.00 CND.
Daylight: With sunlight day and night during most of the fishing season, you could be fishing minutes after you’ve landed in the Northwest Territories. Remember, this is the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Trout Rock Lodge
Trout Rock Lodge’s new main lodge has fantastic views of the surrounding wilderness, a fireplace, bathrooms with showers and flush toilets, and a fully licensed lounge.
The Lodge hosts up to 16 anglers. A hot tub is available in the winter months.
Sleeping Quarters: There are three cabins that can each accommodate four guests and have electricity and running water, but no showers or toilets. Cabin guests use the main lodge facilities (less than a minute’s walk). There is also a separate fourplex building. Each room has two bunkbeds, a ceiling fan and a bathroom.
Meals: The Lodge serves hearty, home-cooked meals.
Alcohol: Bar drinks are available but not included in the package.
Communications: Free Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge. Guests may use the satellite phone for $15.00 for up to three minutes. Cell phones do not work at the Lodge.
Wildlife: This area is home to hundreds of bald eagles, waterfowl, and many types of wildlife, such as black bear, moose, lynx, wolves, and wild wood bison.
You'll fly to Yellowknife. Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories and is easily accessible from all major North American cities.
A Lodge representative will greet you at the Yellowknife Airport and drive you to the floatplane base, a 15-minute drive. You'll need to eat dinner before the flight, and there are several restaurants within walking distance of the floatplane base.
Around 7:00 p.m., you'll take a 12-minute floatplane flight to the Lodge; this flight is included in the package.
The night you depart from the Lodge, you’ll need to stay overnight in Yellowknife. The hotel night and meals in Yellowknife are not included in the package.
Typical Fishing Day:
8:00 a.m. Breakfast, then you'll head out with your guide for fishing.
1:00 p.m. Guide-prepared shore lunch then you'll fish the afternoon.
6:00 p.m. You'll return to the dock.
7:00 p.m. Dinner is served.
(2019 is Sold-Out)
Rates do not include 5% Sales Tax.
Two anglers per guide and boat and four anglers per room.
2020 and 2021 Rates:3-nights and 3-full days of fishing $2,570.00 per person
5-nights and 5-full days of fishing $3,620.00 per person
7-nights and 7-full days of fishing $4,670.00 per person
Note: All packages require a minimum of two people. Single guests are accepted, but the price is double. All cabins host four guests. Guests who request a private room for two people must pay a surcharge of $75.00 per person, per night. No surcharge applies for three guests per room. Please call for availability - these packages sell quickly.
Ground transfers from Yellowknife Airport to the charter flight, round-trip floatplane charter Yellowknife to the Lodge, lodging, meals at the Lodge, Wi-Fi, and guided fishing.
Packages do not include:
Airfare to Yellowknife, last-night hotel and meals in Yellowknife, fishing license, fishing tackle or equipment, alcohol or mixers, soda, gratuities, taxes, 5% GST, Global Rescue coverage, Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Fishing lures are for sale at the Lodge.
30% down is due within 14 days of booking, and the balance is due 90 days prior to departure.