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Lodge & Fishing

Our main lodge and guest cabins, located on Stewart Island in the eastern region of Lake Athabasca, were designed and constructed to compliment the natural ambience of the surrounding wilderness and region.

The lodge features inviting leisure and recreation areas that encourage relaxation and enjoyment of the panoramic views of the lake and northern forests and most important, the pleasure of companionship with friends and fellow fishermen. A large deck enables you to enjoy the freshness of the outdoors, the sounds of the wilderness, wildlife and waves of the lake lapping up on the shore. We have Internet and Wi-Fi as well.

The dining area is large and spacious and features hearty home cooked meals served by friendly and personable staff. A large breakfast and dinner are prepared daily. You’ll enjoy a shore lunch with your guide featuring the morning’s catch.

The Lodge has 10 double occupancy rooms and 4 double occupancy guest cabins. Each of the Lodge and guest cabin rooms are furnished with two single beds, a night stand and equipped with their own sink and toilet. There are electrical outlets in every room. In the Lodge is a six-stall common shower room for you to wash off the rigors of the day.

A  TYPICAL  DAY

Coffee is on at half past six in the morning. A breakfast buffet usually consisting of eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, assorted cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit is served at 7:00.

The boats leave the docks around 8:00 for a great day of fishing with your knowledgeable guide. You’re usually dropping your line within 30 minutes of leaving the dock. Around noon or so you’ll be treated to a fantastic shore lunch of fried or baked fish that you caught that morning. If you’re not a fish lover (but love the fishing) another item can be requested (just let the staff know the night before). After lunch it’s back out on the lake for more great fishing. You will be back at the dock at 6:00 in time to clean up, relax and sit down to dinner at 7:00. A typical dinner might be roast beef with roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, a fresh garden salad, or it might be a turkey dinner with all the fixins. There’s always fresh artisan bread baked daily. Of course for dessert there will always be fresh cakes or pies (from scratch of course!) After dinner you can relax around the fire pit or in the game room and share fish stories or play some billiards or a game of cards. For those so inclined go for a hike to the top of the Indian Head rock!

Then it’s off to bed for a good night’s sleep before starting your day all over again.

WE SUPPLY RODS, REELS, DOWNRIGGERS & NETS. WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING THE FOLLOWING TACKLE:

Lake Trout

  • Lures -Eppinger Huskie Devles, Huskie JRs, Luhr Jenson Kwikfish, Hoochie Squids, size 0 Dodgers.
  • Monofilament line – 30 lb.
  • Braided line- we like to use 30-50 lb

Pike

  • Lures – Mepp’s maribous with a Colorado blade, spoons, Eppinger or Len Thompson’s 1-3/4 ounce.
  • Leaders are very important for pike. Wire or Titanium leaders with heavy ball bearings and snaps. The snaps should be cross lock or coast lock and the breaking strength of the wire no less than 40 pounds.
  • Monofilament line – 17 pound

Grayling

  • Lures – Small Mepp’s, Blue Fox, Panther Martins. Small flies like black gnats are hard to beat for Grayling.
  • Line – 6 pound

We want our guests to have the trip of a lifetime and will do whatever it takes to ensure that. We will cover many tips and techniques here that generally produces big fish or good quantities of fish. With all the conditions that exist on Lake Athabasca, you may discover lures and techniques that work better than what we’ll discuss here.

Time of Year/Water Temps
Our season opens mid June and closes in September. General fish movement patterns happen during the course of the year and happen fairly rapidly. Mid June, after the ice on the lakes breaks up, the big and small fish (Pike and Lake Trout) are ravenous and are sunning in the cold shallow water. Late June, weeds start growing in the shallow areas, the water begins to warm and pike move to the shallow weeds. Lake trout move into deeper water. Early July, the bigger pike start moving to slightly deeper weeds (approx 4′-8′ depth) and drop-offs around rocky areas, shallow weeds, island drop-offs and points, channels in rivers and in lakes, sheltered bays with drops or darker water. Mid-August the water warms and the bigger fish sit in deep weeds at the bottom (approx. 4′-14′) and some become less aggressive. Smaller fish can still be found in the shallow areas. Watch for special circumstances i.e. shallow weeds with small fish in them and a drop next to it. The bigger fish may be in that 5′ dark area waiting.. Mid September the fish are coming back to the shallows to feed in the warmer water before winter. The lake is also turning over bringing the lake trout up to shallow water.

Fish Patterns

June – Ice-out, water temps, and weather dictate the behavior in June. Ice-out is generally mid June. Fishing is generally very shallow for all species. This is the time many pike fishermen dream of, with pike warming themselves in 8-12” of water early on and moving to 2-4’ of water later in the month. Many a pike addict has turned into quivering jelly at the sight of so many big fish so shallow and in clear water.

July – There are no significant weeds at this time. Trout are shallow, ranging from 5’-30’, in current areas, rivers, and off sand points. Depending on the time of ice-out, they will start to move slightly deeper late in the month. At this time of the year, you never quite know where they may turn up and a 30 lb. lake trout when you least expect it is quite the surprise!  Grayling are easily fished with dry flies or small spinners.

A time of transition with the pike favoring two distinct habitats and both productive. Weed beds will be coming up mid month and obvious by the end of the month. Pike will move between the weed beds and the shallow bays by month’s end. Trout will begin to descend into their holes and are usually fully concentrated by late-July, offering incredible concentrations of fish. Depths range from 10-25’ early and 40’-60′ after mid July. It’s not uncommon to lose the bottom readings on your depth finder as the huge schools blot out your sonar. Grayling are easy to access after water levels stabilize. Bug hatches (the good ones) are tremendous.

August – Pike still ranging from bays to weed beds, which by now are in full bloom. 4’-8’ of water by casting. A large Johnson Silver Minnow (with a tail) or a #5 Mepps will bring an aerial assault from the depths of the cabbage. Surface plugs are a blast! Trout concentrated in the holes with large numbers of big fish caught by trolling or vertical jigging. Grayling at their peak, smashing any dry fly that happens their way.

September – Water is cooling rapidly and the scenery is gorgeous. Trout move onto the mid-lake reefs and river areas in incredible concentrations, brightly colored and attacking anything that moves. 50+ fish days are common casting for trout. An angry 20-30 lb. lake trout in 5’ of water is an unbelievable angling experience. The lake trout spawn usually lasts 2 weeks. Pike will move between the bays and rock points, generally leaving the weed beds as the beds die. They are now growing fat for the winter and some real monsters are caught at this time. Grayling fishing continues with the same consistency.

FISHING LICENSES:
– anyone 16 years of age or over is required to have a fishing license.  $80 USD for non-residents and $60 for Canadians  You can obtain your license at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/licences

Follow the steps, print it out and you’re all set.

 

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