Fishing Adventure and Fly-in Fishing

Species listed in order of trophy quality:

Andrew Lake:    Hydro Map   MAP    Lake Trout, Northern Pike  

North Leland Lake:  MAP   Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout

South Leland Lake: MAP  Hydro Map Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout

Bocquene Lake:   MAP    Hydro Map   Walleye, Northern Pike

Lynx Lake:  MAP     Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike

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Water is the word when you arrive to our section of Canada’s Sub-Arctic. Water that you can drink by just dipping a mug full without fear of pollutants. However the best asset about the crystal clear water is the abundance of fish it harbours.

Miles of shallow weedy bays provide a great haven of the Giant Northern Pike that roam the waters that we fish. Many of our returning guests release numerous fish in the 20 pound class each year recent lake records exceeding 35 pounds!

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Large gradual rock shoals, depths of 150 feet and rocky underwater shelves provide the angler with miles upon miles of excellent lake trout territory. Through the years the lake trout have earned a trophy status among our guests. Trout average 3 to 8 pounds with many15 to 20 pound fish landed and the current lake record just shy of 40 pounds.

 

What our guests are saying…

As far as the fishing went, what can I say…. As I said we were very realistic with our expectations and know that nothing is guaranteed as far as catching fish. We came up simply hoping to catch some lake trout and have an opportunity for a trophy fish. We could not have wished for more that what we experianced. We fished hard for four days and as I look back, really cannot believe our catch.

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Numerous lake trout in the 4-8lb range all caught in 3 to 5 feet of water capped off with 2 giant Lake Trout of a life time.  I was aware that likely the pike fishing would not be as “good” as it is in the spring and we may not  catch the numbers that we would have in the spring.  Well we  caught lots of pike and 5 GIANT’s well over 20lbs with the largest a 48″ 30+lb brute that simple blew us away.  The fish, the fall colors, the lodge were simply outstanding.

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September 16 – 21,  2016

Joe Wilson & Doug Wilson, Calgary Alberta

 

Fishing Season
Generally runs from May 23 – to October 1, each year; weather permitting

During this open water period we have not noticed one time period better than the next…when seeking that trophy Northern Pike. For example, we had a 24 pounder caught on May 30, a 21 pound fish on June 16 and a 35 pound monster on Canada Day – July 1, and 28 pound fish on September 20, over one season, just to list a few.

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Lake trout are a migratory fish coming into the shallows (5 to 15 feet) each spring and fall and living in the depths during the summer months. Lake Trout remain in the shallows till early July each year only to return in early September. Specific fishing techniques are therefore tailored to the location of trout at any given time. Those of you that can handle the cool weather of September will come to find out that for real trophy fishing… the fall may indeed be the best of the best.

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We at Andrew Lake are aware of the qualities required to provide you a ‘world class’ fishing vacation. That’s why after you’ve joined us once; you’ll be back time and time again.

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The season runs from May 23 – September 30
There are three periods through the season that offer different angling opportunities.

Early Season: May 23 – June 30
During this time the water is still cold as the ice out usually occurs in late May.
Tremendous amount of daylight; end of June 22+ hours!

Northern Pike are spawning in shallow bays and the large females are sought after with spinning and
fly-fishing.

Lake trout like cold water and are still on the surface and as the month progresses the water warms up and these fish migrate to the deeper holes of the lake.

Walleye spawn in early to mid June and gather at river mouths and incoming creeks. Large females can be taken at this time providing great action.

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Mid Summer: July 1 – Aug 31
Northern Pike – can be caught in shallow bays, off narrows and points. Many Pike can be caught in these regions, however most are of smaller – medium size. Larger pike can be caught trolling or casting just off edges of bay in 10-20 feet of water. Andrew Lake’s “Jackfish Alley” offers excellent fishing through this river out flow as it spans nearly 10 miles.

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Lake Trout – Have moved into the deeper colder, 4 major holes 80 -150 feet deep. Most of the ideal water temperature is found 60 – 90 feet. Trolling with regular spinning gear and down riggers, or using heavier trolling rods and pink ladies or deep sixes works well. Vertical Jigging can also be employed as these fish can be targeted from above with a bottom-up strategy.

 

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Walleye – Move out to deeper bays and can be caught slow trolling and jigging. Walleye are active with good numbers of fish and large trophies can be caught throughout the mid-summer.

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Fall Season: September 1 – 30
The lake thermalcline has changed as the lake “flips” – colder water now found on top. It actually gets “dark” by 7:00pm – And this allows for some spectacular northern light shows as the aurora’s presence is felt on clear nights.

Northern Pike – can be found in similar regions as the mid summer. Numbers of fish caught can be less than spring and summer, but still many 40″/25+# trophies can be found.

Lake trout – Now move up to the surface with the cold water and head towards spawning grounds – gravel bars, rocky and cobblestone bays. The lakers are hungry at this time, but also very aggressive as they defend their spawning grounds and chew up pike that try to invade their turf. Peak spawn occurs around mid September.

Walleye – Activity drops off as many of these fish are suspended in deeper water. Successful anglers target submerged islands and “humps” and jig up nice “eyes”.

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Flyouts For guests staying at the lodge on Andrew Lake and want to experience some Walleye fishing – we offer daily flyouts from Andrew lake Lodge guests to our outpost lakes – Leland and Bocquene. This can be booked in advance or on site. The charter rates range from $300 – $500 per person depending on the group size and aircraft scheduling.

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Tackle & Equipment Recommendations

Fishfinder – We have some available on a rental basis – please reserve in advance.

We supply Hydrographic maps

Down rigger / Pink Lady / Deep Six -Any can be used to get lures deep for lake trout in mid summer

Pike & Lake Trout Tackle
Fly Fishing & Spinning Gear
Medium to medium heavy weight rods
12-20 pound test line
12 inch steel leaders
Large spoons (4-7 inch)  including number 4 size Len Thompson, Lucky strike, large Daredevil
A mix of colors from black and white too bright colors.  We use bright colors on bright days and doll colors on overcast days.
Crank baits work well Rapala and Canadian wiggler are great.  Single body and jointed are good size medium to large
Bondi baits are excellent to jig for Lake trout in deep holes.  White, Grey, Vomit are best colours.
Large Tube Jigs – white or silver, with heavy 3oz  jig heads also work great for deep jigging strategy for summer pattern lake trout.  It will drop fast to the bottom and work slowly upward.
Top Water lures and buzz baits work well for northern pike check out Meps spinners and pixie Top Water lures.
Jaw  spreaders and long  needle-nose pliers or hook out removing tools.
Walleye –  a lighter rod is okay with 6 pound  - 10 pound test.
An assortment of jigs work well all colors from white to black are good depending on conditions.
Berkely power grub, Mr. twister and some of the Mepps ones work well.
Also, some smaller spoons and crank baits will work as well
Arctic Grayling – Lynx Tundra Lodge only – very small spoons, spinners and fly fishing
 Fillet knife with sharpening stone, Plastic Ziploc bags
We supply lifejackets & nets
You will need to get your fishing licenses in advance at www.Albertarelm.com