Fishing Adventure and Fly-in Fishing
North Leland Lake: MAP Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout
Lynx Lake: MAP Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike
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!
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.
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.
September 16 – 21, 2016
Joe Wilson & Doug Wilson, Calgary Alberta
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Please click the links to download any of our Fishing Reports:
- Fishing Report 2008
- Fishing Report 2009
- Fishing Report 2010
- Fishing Report 2011
- Fishing Report 2012
- Fishing Report 2015
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