Fishing Northwest Territories
The Northern Territories are famous for having great fishing for Northern pike, Arctic grayling, Arctic Char, and most of all, Lake trout. Canada’s Northwest Territories is a sparely populated, huge wilderness area scattered with countless lakes and rivers, all loaded with fish. With so much water and so few people, fishing Northwest Territories is fantastic and you’ll likely get the all the fishing you want, all to yourself.
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Fishing Hotspots in the Northwest Territories
Giant lake trout fishing a remote, virgin fishery in the Northwest Territories.
For a few glorious weeks we offer exceptional fishing for trophy lake trout on Aylmer Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Forget what you thought you knew about fishing for lake trout. Fishing here isn’t like fishing anywhere else! The lake trout are found in shallow water all summer long (15 to 25 feet) making them the hardest fighting most aggressive freshwater fish you’ve battled. Arctic grayling are also plentiful, so bring your fly rod!.
Aylmer Lake was the last undeveloped Canadian fishery above the treeline, located almost 300 air miles Northeast of Yellowknife and just South of the Arctic Circle. In 1907, Ernest Thompson Seton, who was a prominent wildlife artist, author, and co-founder of the Boy Scouts, launched an expedition to the Northwest Territories and into Aylmer Lake. In July 2015, the Academy sent out The Arctic Prairies Expedition II expedition to retrace his route around this remote lake.
There had never been commercial fishing or First Nation’s sustenance fishing on Aylmer Lake until this lodge opened.
- Location: Remote fly in fishing lodge located 226 air miles NE from Yellowknife.
- Daily Catch: Expect to catch 20-30 fish everyday.
- Catch and Release Fishing: *with exceptions. When the lodge opened, they implemented a “catch and release” policy for huge lake trout. Over the years they have chosen to continue this policy. Although, they do keep a few smaller fish for dinner and you would like to get a trophy mounted, they are happy to accommodate that.
- Lodge Average: 15-25 pound lake trout are the norm!
- Lodge Record: 62 lbs
- Fishing Method: You will typically be fishing either by trolling or jigging. However, fly fishing is possible.