Trout Rock Wilderness Lodge - NW Territories
Great Slave Lake Trophy Northern Pike
Fly or Spin Fishing
Plan on booking this trip early, sometimes two years out. NW Territories is home to the world-famous Great Slave Lake, which is 300 miles long. Trout Rock Wilderness Lodge is in a chain of islands and is the only sportfishing lodge in the 100-mile-long north arm of Great Slave Lake. The Lodge is only a 12-minute floatplane flight from Yellowknife.
Fishing Great Slave Lake
The fishing areas are protected from northerly winds, which means you can always catch fish. The trophy pike are large due to an abundance of baitfish, no fishing pressure, and a perfect habitat. The Lodge promotes catch-and-release. Single barbless hooks are mandatory.
2023 Season: Peak season for monster pike is from late May to late July. During the month and every season, a handful of pike, 50-inches or better, are caught. 99% of their clients catch a 40-inch trophy or better during peak season.
Travel Time: The best fishing is close to the Lodge, so you don’t waste time traveling.
While fishing in the cold weedy waters of the North Arm, you'll see the boil of the pike as they stalk their prey. Their attack is ferocious, and several hits may occur before the final strike. Fishing on top with a fly, casting a Moss-Boss, or buzz bait is especially exciting.
Daylight: With sunlight day and night during most of the fishing season, you could be fishing minutes after you’ve landed in the Northwest Territories. This is the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Wildlife: This area is home to hundreds of bald eagles, waterfowl, black bears, moose, lynx, wolves, and wildwood bison.
Boats: 18-foot Jon boats with 40-HP outboards, the perfect combination for fishing the weedy shallows and rocky shoreline of the North Arm. Boats are equipped with a VHF radio, a first aid kit, and life jackets. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: are fully trained in wilderness first aid/CPR and are masters at preparing a Northern Canadian shore lunch from the morning’s catch with all the fixings.
Fishing Hours: You’re guided for a minimum of eight hours per day. In the evenings, you have the options of fishing from a canoe, fishing from shore near the Lodge, or paying a guide $50.00 per hour for additional guided fishing.
Fishing Equipment: The Lodge does not supply fishing tackle, rods, or reels. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet. Tackle is for sale at the Lodge.
A Fishing License is not included. A non-resident NWT license runs about $40.00 CND and can be purchased online or in-person in Yellowknife.
Typical Fishing Day:
8:00 a.m. Breakfast, then you'll head out with your guide for fishing.
1:00 p.m. Guide-prepared shore lunch, then you'll fish the afternoon.
6:00 p.m. You'll return to the dock.
7:00 p.m. Dinner is served.
Trout Rock Lodge
Trout Rock Lodge has fantastic views of the surrounding wilderness, a fireplace, bathrooms with showers and flush toilets, and a fully licensed lounge. The Lodge hosts up to 16 anglers, with four guests per cabin.
The cabins have electricity and running water but no showers or toilets. Cabin guests use the main lodge facilities (less than a minute’s walk). There is also a separate fourplex building. Each room has two bunk beds, a ceiling fan, and a bathroom.
Meals: The Lodge serves hearty, home-cooked meals.
Alcohol: Bar drinks are available but not included in the package.
Communications: Free Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge. Guests may use the satellite phone for $15.00 for up to three minutes. Cell phones do not work at the Lodge.
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, which is easily accessible from all major North American cities. You’ll take a taxi to Ahmic Air in Old Town Yellowknife, a 15-minute drive from the airport. The Lodge will reimburse the cost, so keep your receipt. You'll need to eat dinner before the flight, and there are several restaurants within walking distance of the floatplane base. Around 7:00 p.m., you'll take a 12-minute floatplane flight to the Lodge; this flight is included in the package. There is a 40-pound luggage weight limit per person for the floatplane.
The night you depart from the Lodge, you’ll need to stay overnight in Yellowknife. The hotel night and meals in Yellowknife are not included in the package.
Trout Rock Lodge
2023 USD Rates:
Two anglers per guide and boat and four anglers per room.
Rates do not include 5% Sales Tax.
Late May thru mid July:
3-nights and 3-full days guided fishing $2,950.00 per person
5-nights and 5-full days guided fishing $4,250.00 per person
7-nights and 7-full days guided fishing $5,250.00 per person
Special Fall Package for Mid-August to October 1:
3-nights and 2-days with choice of activities
$2,495.00 per person plus $31.50 for a shore fishing license.
Activities include guided boating, a couple of hours of unguided shore fishing, hiking, berry picking, a Northern shore lunch, and a visit to a natural amethyst site.
Minimum 2-Person BookingAll packages require a minimum of two people. Single guests are accepted, but the price is double. All cabins host four guests. Guests who request a private room for two people must pay a surcharge of $75.00 per person per night. No surcharge applies for three guests per room. Please call for availability - these packages sell quickly.
Ground transfers from Yellowknife Airport to the floatplane flight (you’ll be reimbursed at the Lodge for the taxi expense), roundtrip floatplane charter between Yellowknife and the Lodge, lodging and meals at the Lodge, Wi-Fi, and guided fishing. The fall package includes a choice of activities listed in the chart above—no guided fishing.