Great Slave Lakers

Taltheilei Narrows

Taltheilei Narrows in front of the lodge

As I mentioned in my article in the April 2010 Alberta Outdoorsmen, one of the icons of outdoor adventures in Canada is the northern fishing lodge. Plummer’s Great Slave Lake Lodge is one of the oldest lodges in the North, and in August of 2009 my wife Betty and I had the opportunity to take a trip to the lodge with our friends, Adrienne and Duane Radford.

Great Slave Lake itself is the ninth largest lake in the world (28,500 sq. km; 11,000 sq. mi.), and the deepest in North America (614 m; 2014 ft.). It is ice free maybe four months of the year and the water is cold at all times. Under such conditions, fish grow slowly; and under low fishing pressure, they grow very large over a long life.

Although trophy lake trout (20 lb. plus) are the main target species at the lodge, prize northern pike and grayling can also be fished, as well as walleye. However, our guide  informed us that the best northern pike fishing occurs when the ice first comes off the lake in July. After that the pike disappear and cannot be found even in the deeper water off the bays as is common in Alberta. He believes they move into the main body of the lake, but no one really knows.

We caught some great fish, some of which can be seen in the article. I’ve posted the article to my web site.

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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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