North Seal River - Northern Manitoba
Home of the True Canadian Trophy Grand Slam
Since 1985, Gangler's has held exclusive fishing grounds that stretch over 7,200 square miles, which is unheard of. Here, 12 river systems form over 100 lakes and merge with one of Canada's greatest rivers, the North Seal. Gangler's is ranked as one of the top ten fishing lodges in the world for trophy pike, grayling, lake trout, and walleye. Gangler’s is the only Orvis-Endorsed lodge in Manitoba. Orvis-Endorsed means the Lodge caters to every ability from beginner to expert; and meets high standards of great service, great fishing, and experienced and professional staff.
Gangler's Fly-Outs and Species
Gangler's offers fly-outs to over 30 lakes (26 from the main lodge), including four portages, with two of the lakes having Polaris ATVs available for getting around.
For many anglers, a great attraction to the Canadian North is the potential for a Canadian Grand Slam—trophy pike, lake trout, walleye, and Arctic grayling. The list of Canadian waters where all four of these species swim is extremely limited, and the lakes with true trophy potential for all four are almost non-existent. For the Canadian Grand Slam, the North Seal River rises to the top as one of Canada’s truly unique fisheries. You can also target burbot and big whitefish too.
From the Boreal Forest to the Tundra, the Lodge offers over 30 lakes and 20 different lakes via fly-outs, three portages - East Lake, Minihuik Lake, and Dillabough Lake. 5-million acres (7,200 square miles) of an exclusive watershed is yours to explore. No other lodges in the area and no commercial fishing. The Lodge's state-of-the-art DeHavilland Beavers await your beck-and-call (for an added fee).
Season: The Lodge season runs from early June into September.
Boats: Gangler's main lodge has custom-built 16 ½’ and 18’ boats outfitted with 25 to 40 HP Yamaha four-stroke outboard motors and Hummingbird depth finders.
Guides: The Lodge staffs up to 14 experienced guides; some have been with Ganglers for almost 25 years. You’ll have the same guide throughout your stay.
More about the Lakes: The sprawling Egenolf Lake, home to the main lodge, is at a major junction of the North Seal with four adjacent lakes. There are two portage lakes close to the main lodge, East Lake and Dillabough Lake, and two more mechanized portages to Blackfish and Minihuik Lakes.
East Lake is just a quick five-minute boat ride east of the Lodge. The lake is rarely fished, and when it’s hot, it’s an excellent pike producer. Dillabough Lake sits at the south end of their airstrip, just off Egenolf. Dillabough is a beautiful lake offering some great pike fishing and the occasional monster.
Minihuik Lake is northwest of Egenolf. The Lake has phenomenal fishing for all four species and breathtaking scenery. Minihuik, a drive-in portage, is a 15-minute Polaris ride away.
Gangler's North Seal River Lodge
North Seal River Lodge is Gangler's main lodge on Egenolf Lake. The Lodge has access to two portage lakes with Polaris ATVs available (one per lake). The 4,200 square feet Lodge has a classic Northwood charm with soaring beams, a majestic fireplace, and spectacular views. Gangler's main lodge is handicapped-friendly, with a golf cart on-site to move guests as needed.
Main Lodge is Limited to 24 guests per week.
Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge is limited to 24 guests per week, with personalized attention for every facet of your trip. The staff ratio is 1:1. Other Activities: Nature walks, hiking, and wildlife viewing for bear, moose, wolf, otter, eagle, osprey, and much more. For an additional fee, join a hunting safari or charter a trip to the Barrenlands to see caribou and muskox.
Cabins at the Main Lodge
Each duplex cabin hosts four anglers. Each cabin has two bedrooms with two full-size beds per room and two private baths with towels and soap. The cabins are carpeted, propane heated, and have a screened-in porch with chairs and two rod holder racks. In each room, there is free Wi-Fi, a dresser, nightstand, TV, DVD player, table and chairs, couches, coffee table, coffee maker, extra pillows, linens and blankets, and closets with plenty of hooks and hangers. Coffee is delivered each morning at 7:00 a.m.
Dining at North Seal, a 5-Star Experience
Meals: Delicious meals and appetizers. From apricot-glazed cornish hens, encrusted leg of lamb with rosemary potatoes, or the perfectly cooked prime rib with a maki-style cucumber-wrapped salad, each dining experience is a delight. With advance notice, dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Getting to the Lodges:
You’ll fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is easily accessed with over a dozen flights per day. You'll need to stay overnight in Winnipeg. The hotel night is not included in the package. (Usually, no overnight in Winnipeg is required for the return trip.) You'll depart at 5:30 a.m. on a private charter from Winnipeg to North Seal River Lodge, Gangler's main lodge (this roundtrip charter flight is included in the package). There is a 55-pound baggage weight limit, including carry-ons, for the flight. After a short fuel stop in Thompson, you'll arrive at the Lodge about 9:00 a.m. The Lodge's 5,400-foot airstrip is right behind the Lodge. If you're staying at the main lodge, you'll enjoy a hearty brunch before you start fishing. If you're staying at an Outpost, you're only a short floatplane trip away to Gangler's other camps.
Gangler's Fly-Out Lodges
Gangler's has five Outpost Lodges strategically placed. At some of the Lodges, you will need to do your own cooking, but food is provided.
Gangler's Five-Star Outposts:
• Maria Lake Mini Lodge
• Stevens/Nicklin Deluxe Outpost
• Burnie Lake Deluxe Outpost
• Bain Lake Deluxe Outpost
• Clifton Lake Classic Outpost
Request an Information packet for details.
2022 USD Rates:
North Seal River Lodge -Two anglers per boat and room:
8-nights and 8-days guided fishing $6,795.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $6,595.00 per person
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing $5,995.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $5,695.00 per person
Call for Availability.
One angler per boat and guide: $295.00 extra per day
Roundtrip charter flight from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the Lodge, guided fishing, two anglers per boat and guide, meals, recreation and Wi-Fi in the main lodge, and cabin lodging with two or four guests per cabin.
Packages Do Not Include:Airfare to Winnipeg, overnight/meals in Winnipeg, additional fly-outs, fishing licenses, fishing tackle, the use of rods and reels, alcohol, taxes, single guided fishing, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Canadian residents are charged in Canadian funds.
Gangler's has 20 fly-out options available - for an extra fee.
Gangler's Fishing in June:
June: Ice-out is generally late May to early June. Fishing is generally very shallow for all species. This is the time many pike fishermen dream of, with pike warming themselves in 8” to 12” of water early on and moving to 2’ to 4’ of water later in the month. Many a pike addict has turned into quivering jelly at the sight of so many big fish in shallow, clear water. There are no significant weeds at this time. Trout are shallow, ranging from 3’-15’, in current areas, rivers, and off sand points. Depending on the time of ice-out, they will start to move slightly deeper late in the month. At this time of the year, you never quite know where they may turn up, and a 30-pound lake trout when you least expect it is quite the surprise. Walleye are very shallow in the river areas and are also concentrated in large numbers in shallow bays that are 2’ to 4’ deep. Grayling are in the rivers and are easily fished with dry flies or small spinners.
Gangler's Fishing in July:
July: At the start of the second week of the season, pike begin to move between the weed beds and the shallow bays.
Trout are usually fully concentrated by mid-July, offering incredible concentrations of fish. Depths range from 10’ to 25’ early on and 40’ to 60’ after mid-July. Walleye begin strong patterns, forming huge, tight schools in current areas, walleye fishing at its finest with lots of 20” to 26” fish and larger.
Most walleye caught by one boat in a day – 400! Grayling are in the rivers, easy to access after water levels stabilize. Bug hatches (the good ones) are tremendous.
The following are the largest to date: 51.5” pike, 46.5” lake trout, 32” walleye, a 22” grayling, 30” burbot, and a 24” whitefish!
Gangler's Fishing in August:
August: Pike still ranging from bays to weed beds, which by now are in full bloom. 4’ to 8’ of water by casting. Trout concentrated in the holes with large numbers of big fish caught by trolling or vertical jigging. August also hosts an unusual phenomenon they’ve seen only on the North Seal. Once or twice in August, and usually lasting three to four days each, lake trout flood into the river mouths in large concentrations, almost like a false spawn. Angling is intense. Walleye are in the same patterns as July, and many 28” to 32” walleye are landed at this time. Grayling are in the rivers, and at their peak, will smash any dry fly that happens their way.
Churchill Super Combo Adventure:
For those looking to further their Northern Manitoba experience, Gangler’s has partnered with Great Canadian Travel. Guests of North Seal River Lodge will be able to combine a side trip to Churchill, Manitoba, the unique seaport, and the ecosystem on Hudson Bay. Paired with a 4-day excursion to Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge (including 3.5-days of guided fishing), this 8-day trip coincides with the annual migration of the famed Beluga whales as they flood into the harbor. The migration has been estimated at over 57,000 whales. The whales are calving at this time of year, and you may see the females with their newborn calves. Guests will enjoy two land tours and two sea tours, including tours of the historic port along with two Zodiac or boat adventures on the bay with the whales. Space is limited to eight guests per time slot. This trip can be customized to include snorkeling with the whales and a trip to see the Polar bears as they begin their move from their denning areas. This is an ideal trip for both couples and families.
Gangler's Main Lodge
Gangler's main lodge is over 4,200 square feet. A grand interior with comfortable lounging areas, a pool table, card table, ping pong table, a DVD library, the rustic Timberwolf Bar (alcohol is not included in the packages), use of a complimentary computer, free Wi-Fi, a fly-tying table, and tackle room.
Communications at Gangler's Lodge
Communications: The Lodge has hotwired the entire camp at the main lodge. Wi-Fi access extends out to the front benches overlooking the shoreline and is available in each cabin. The picture above is of the Lodge and campfire against the backdrop of the Northern Lights.