Fishing for ‘Monster Pike’

The dock at Minor Bay Lodge on Wollaston Lake

The dock at Minor Bay Lodge on Wollaston Lake

It’s a place I had always wanted to visit–northern Saskatchewan–and fish its abundant waters for pike, lake trout and Arctic grayling. I had been in the north before, both as a biologist and an angler, and I was hooked. The country is so different and wild from what we know in the south, and there is so much territory to explore. So, when I had a chance to visit a fly-in fishing lodge in northern Saskatchewan, I took it.

The lodge was Minor Bay and is located on Wollaston Lake. We flew from Saskatoon to Points North Landing near the lake. The trip from Saskatoon revealed a large landscape of abundant water–lakes and streams as far as the eye can see. Once at Points North, we were transported to the lodge in one of my favorite bush airplanes, the deHaviland Beaver.

Dining room and lounge at Minor Bay

Dining room and lounge at Minor Bay

Once at the lodge, we were quickly put into boats to go look for lake trout. The ice had only recently left this end (south) of the lake, so the trout were still relatively close to the surface. We caught a few but nothing of size. All were released. The policy at Minor Bay is to release all fish, except for a few smaller ones for shore lunch. This ensures there will always be large fish to catch in a climate that only provides three or so months of growth.

A monster pike taken on a fly

A monster pike taken on a fly

In the following days we fished for monster pike both on the lake and at a fly-out location. The guides ensured we found some great fish and we had a great time fighting some beautiful fish–all returned to fight again. My fishing partner, Doug Stamm, caught a nice trophy pike on a fly.

Fly fishing for Arctic grayling

Fly fishing for Arctic grayling

As well, we took a little time to fish for Arctic grayling on the Wheeler River. Once we figured out what we were doing, we caught some very pretty fish.

All in all it was a great trip with lots of variety and good people helping us out. I would recommend this lodge if you are looking for a place that knows how to treat anglers while ensuring the conservation of the resource.

So, what’s wrong with that?


About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I wrote a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine, and have published articles for several other magazines.
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One Response to Fishing for ‘Monster Pike’

  1. Don Meredith says:

    Just a note to announce that I’ve uploaded my May 2009 Alberta Outdoorsmen article on “The Monster Pike of Minor Bay” to my web site:

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