The Fishing Day

SCHEDULE:
Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. (coffee is ready at 5:00 a.m. for early risers). Lunch will be cooked at approximately noon. This will take about 3/4 to 1 hour - our guides try hard to make sure lunch is tasty but fast. Supper is served at 7:00 p.m.

FISHING AFTER HOURS:
For after-hours fishing, the cost is $40.00 per hour (this goes entirely to the guide). Our home bay sometimes has excellent - pike fishing, and you can walk up to the point near the channel to cast for trout and Grayling.

WEATHER AND WAVES:
On a lake as large as Athabasca, you can experience weather but there is always a calmer spot to fish in and around the islands.

STAYING WARM AND DRY:
Bring one complete change of clothing, including a heavy sweater, hoody, jacket, rain coat and pants, and water resistant footwear. The extra clothing should be stored in a waterproof bag (in the boat). 

TACKLE:
You are welcome to use our rods and reels, or bring your own reel and use our rods (St. Croix and Loomis). This covers the basics but you are welcome to call or email for more detailed information.

  • We do not have camp stock of fly fishing supplies.
  • We have some ultralight rods.
  • We do have FISHFINDERS.
  • We do not use DOWNRIGGERS.

RECOMMENDED TACKLE TO BRING:
If you don't wish to bring your own gear, we have plenty. Otherwise, the following guidelines should help.

  • Casting rod - 6 - 7 foot med. heavy fast action able to handle 25 pound test line.
  • Casting reel - Amassadeur or Shimano, etc. With enough capacity to handle 25 pound line.
  • Spinning rod if needed. Able to handle 17 pound line.
  • Spinning reel - Shimano 4000 is enough.
  • Lures for Lake Trout-Eppinger Huskie Devles, Huskie JRs, Yakima's T-60/T-55 flatfish, hoochie squids, size 0 dodgers.
  • Line - For trout, 25 pound. For Pike, 17 pound. For grayling, 6 pound.
  • Braided line- we like to use 50-65lb
  • Fluorocarbon leader material 80lb for Lake Trout along with no less than 80lb snap-swivels.
  • Pike - Mepp's maribous with a Colorado blade, spoons, Eppinger or Len Thompson's 1-3/4 ounce. Leaders are very important for pike. The snaps should be cross lock or coast lock and the breaking strength of the wire no less than 40 pounds.
  • Wire or Titanium leaders with heavy ball bearings and snaps
  • Grayling - Small Mepp's, blue fox or my favorite, Panther Martins. Small flies like black gnats are hard to bear for Grayling.

Fly Fishing

Lake Athabasca offers great fly fishing for all species at different times of the year.  Below is a testimonial from the Marketing Director of Eppinger Lures who has came up a number of times and fly fished extensively during his stay.

 

 Lake Trout Fishing on the Fly!

I have had the oppourtunity to fish for Lake Trout all over Canada including some of the major Lake Trout destination lakes such as Great Bear and Great Slave but nothing prepared me for the incredible Fall Fly Fishing for Lake Trout at Lakers Unlimited on Lake Athabasca.  My fishing partner Patrick Walsh, Editor and Chief of Outdoor Canada Magazine and I had what can only be described as an epic week landing somewhere between 500 and 600 lake trout ranging between 8 and 30lbs with our fly rods and setting 5 Line Class World Records in the process.  By the middle of the week we were shaking off 18-20lb trout so we could get our flies infront of the 30-40lb bohemiths that were cruizing underneath our boat as we drifted across the reefs.  I can say with confidence you will have the oppourtunity to catch more big Lake Trout in shallow water on a fly rod than any other destination in North America.  The Fall Fly Fishing is one of the most unique, off the charts, fun fly fishing adventures I have ever expirienced.

 

John Cleveland 

Marketing Director

Eppinger Mfg. Co.

 

Come visit us soon and experience your own trip of a lifetime!

LAKERS UNLIMITED • LAKE ATHABASCA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA • 306.864.8087