Guiding Trophy Lake Trout – Plummer’s Great Slave Lake Lodge.

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Guiding Trophy Lake Trout – Plummer’s Great Slave Lake Lodge.

Guiding Trophy Lake Trout – Plummer’s Great Slave Lake Lodge.


The news came in late May that I would be guiding at Plummer’s Great Slave Lake Lodge before heading up to Great Bear Lake. I was so excited to be going to Northwest Territories, to live my passion for fishing in one of the most remote areas in Canada. My flight was booked for June 22nd to Yellowknife from Pearson in Toronto with one short stop in Edmonton to switch planes. I started packing and preparing for the 2 month season in early June, but already owned quite a bit of the needed gear so I didn’t have too much to buy. I did manage to get  in some Bass fishing before leaving for camp but I was just itching to experience those trophy Lake Trout.

On the day of my flight, I was up and ready to go for 4am as my flight left at 7am. My flight took off on time and after both flights, I was greeted in Yellowknife by the Float Plane base Manager Claude. He then drove me to the base after a few quick stops around town to get ready to fly out on the Turbo Otter to the lodge right away. I had hoped to have some time in town to grab a few final necessities but that’s the business, so I was off again in a float plane loaded to the ceiling with freight to the East arm of Great Slave Lake to the lodge and its secluded waters. I got all set up in my temporary home in Guide Land and put in a good weeks work getting camp ready for the year and doing whatever else was needed of me.

My first chance to fish came about a week in when a fellow guide Bryce offered to take me out one night after work. I jumped at the chance and I think it took me about 5 minutes to be fully geared up waiting on the dock like a kid again. I had been showing off my Water Wolf Lures Shadzillas, and wanted to run one of them first so I chose the Crown Royal colour pattern Shadzilla Jr. Within maybe 15 minutes I get hit hard and it feels like a solid fish. After a good battle with a few runs, Bryce landed my first Great Slave Laker at 25lbs! That’s a heck of a first catch on any lake so I felt lucky to have experienced a Trophy so quickly. We trolled a couple more hours picking up some more good fish in the teens before calling it quits to get some rest. A few days later the first group of clients for the season came in ready to fish and had a great 3-day trip boating many Lakers over 20 lbs. My anglers lost some huge fish and caught a few solid fish, but nothing over 20.

Jigging or dragging jigs embedded inside large soft plastic tubes was the main ticket for fishing this section of the lake. Slow, fast, vertical…. it didn’t seem to matter how you presented them, they worked. On the other hand, a veteran guide that I did my guide training with taught me that spoons also have their place and time. After a couple of days fishing with clients, I realized a couple of differences between the 2 presentations. The spoons when trolled at 2.7 – 3.2mph seemed to get hit more than the jigs and at those speeds, it was easy to cover water and locate fish. The downside of the spoons was they lost more fish after hooking than the jigs did. I think that they use the large spoon as leverage during the fight to shake the barbless hook. The jigs really went to work after finding some structure or marking a school of fish while covering water with the spoons. It was great to see clients jigs dropping to bottom while a hungry Laker was rising on my screen toward the lure. I would tell them to thumb the spool as the lure dropped so that they could easily feel a hit on the drop, which was the most common way they got hit.

The weather was hot and sunny every day and with the near 24 hour sunlight up there it was great but hard to get into sleep mode. On July 5th I jumped on a 185 Cessna float plane and headed for Yellowknife to await a flight to Trophy Lodge on Great Bear Lake. I only had a short time at Slave but just long enough to fall in love with the people, fish, wildlife and landscapes.




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As always, practice catch and release whenever possible to keep our great fisheries alive, and share the thrill of catching fish for generations to come.

There is nothing wrong with a selective harvest. If keeping fish know the laws, limits, and boundaries of the areas and zones you are fishing.

Chris Langeman


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