YWG - Saskatchewan
June to August
50 anglers per week
Northern Pike, Lake Trout…
At the mouth of the Umphreville River, on Hidden Bay, Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan. This is close to Saskatchewan’s border with Nunavut [Northwest Territories], just south of the Arctic Circle. Wollaston Lake is vast: 100 miles long, 40 miles wide at points, and up to 400 feet deep: it has 400 islands, and 2,700 miles of shoreline.
Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, and Walleye
SEASON OF OPERATION
June to August. ‘Ice-out’ in this region of Canada occurs in the middle of June, coinciding with the opening of Wollaston Lake Lodge on June 9. This is usually a time when anglers target the trophy pike marauding in the shallow bays, which are warming from the early summer sunlight. Fishing remains extremely productive through the end of August, when the camp closes for the season.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
There are very specific arrival and departure days which are based on specific week each summer. Please call or email the office for specific dates per week. Guest have the option of a 5 night 4 day fishing trip or a 9 night 8 day trip.
Wollaston Lake Lodge is a magnificent retreat with a ‘five-star’ reputation. The main Lodge, a hilltop chalet, has an impressive 32-foot cathedral ceiling. Sixteen attractive modern log cabins are fully equipped with electricity, heat, private baths, and many have large, comfortable lounge areas. Cabins accommodate 2-8 guests. There’s plenty of room to stretch out and store your gear. The new dining room and main lounge afford a great 270-degree view of the lake. A screened-in porch serves as an open-air lounge. A home theater system allows guests to replay footage from their camcorders. There is also an in-house tackle shop. In the main building satellite TV and wireless internet are available: there is a full-service bar and a cigar room, sauna, workout room, and laundry service.
The beautiful, private modern cabins are spacious. And all the creature comforts are right there - private bathroom, hot shower, thick terry towels, flannel sheets, mini refrigerator, thermostat-controlled heat, card tables - plus all the room you need to stretch out and relax after an exciting day on the water. Each cabin is dedicated to your privacy. Every morning, you’ll awaken to the aroma of fresh coffee brought to your cabin. You’ll be treated to a hearty breakfast each day, followed by a shore lunch during a midday break. Before dinner, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres before you sit down to an evening meal.
Angling capacity is up to 50 anglers per week.
The waters of Wollaston Lake Lodge lure anglers from far and wide for the ultimate ‘Grand Slam’ of freshwater fishing: Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye and Arctic Grayling. These world-class fish are found in only a handful of Saskatchewan’s 98,000 lakes. The Lodge’s catch-and-release tradition for pike (begun in the 1980’s) helps assure great fishing year after year, using barbless hooks and careful handling procedures. They make every effort to conserve the pike population for future generations. Each day you’ll head out with your guide in an 18 foot Lund Pro V equipped with 80 hp motors, MinnKota trolling motor and Lawrence depth finders. Wollaston Lake Lodge offers both quantity and quality of fish.
The guides are versed at spin, casting, or fly-fishing and will strive to put you onto productive fishing grounds. Northern pike account for about 70% of the total catch of anglers visiting Wollaston. Walleye are the next most common species taken, at 15%. Lake trout comprise 10% of the total catch, while Arctic grayling make up the final 5%. As far as pike are concerned, the key is to search for protected bays that possess a bottom composition of sand, sand-muck or sand-rock. These bays heat up faster and concentrate the pike. Bays with lily pad patches will be more productive than barren, sandy bottom areas. A small feeder creek entering these protected bays will further increase the number of shallow migrating pike as well. A favored bait for northern pike is a No.5 Mepps spinner (black bucktail with either chrome or gold blades), retrieved fast over and around vegetation, rocks, points, deeper sandy flats and wood cover. Walleye take spinners such as the Mepps, as well as plastic curly-tailed grubs.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
Fleet of custom 18’ Lund Pro-Vs, with 80HP Yamaha 4-stroke: Two 9-passenger de Havilland “Turbo Otter” float planes. Fly and spin casting welcome.
Guest will fly into Winnipeg Manitoba even though this trip takes place in Saskatchewan. Anglers spend their first night in a first-class Winnipeg hotel (included in the package), then are flown north the next morning, via direct charter air service. After a short transfer to the lodge, it’s time to unpack and get in a full day of fishing, with a shore dinner on the lake.
Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
US citizens must have a valid passport. There are no visa requirements for American citizens. International visitors to Canada (not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents) must carry a valid passport and, if required, a visa. Citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and others do not require a visa to enter Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at www.cic.gc.ca for a complete listing of countries whose citizens require visas to enter Canada.
RATES FOR 2018/19
$4,480 USD for a 5/5 with 4 days of guided fishing DBL
$8,160 USD for a 9/9 with 8 days of guided fishing DBL