Waters of giant pike and golden walleyes
Light tackle fishing for northern pike is gaining popularity rapidly among freshwater anglers. The pike has a lot going for it. It can grow to over 20 pounds, it’s aggressive, will hit surface lures and in the cool waters of northern Canada it’s an excellent fighter and leaper.
One of the best places for trophy pike are the camps under the Little Churchill Lodge umbrella.Little Churchill Lodge is located on Waskiawaka Lake, really a severe widening of the Churchill River. Within minutes of the lodge anglers will find dozens of protected bays, each of which could harbor plenty of large pike. In the spring, pike prowl the shallowest of these coves, cruising the knee deep water like bonefish on a flat.
This is a splendid, unique opportunity for anglers to sight cast for individual big northern. Deeper coves beckon once the water begins to warm and through the remainder of the summer the wise angler probes the extensive weed beds with a variety of lures. Pike in the six- to 12-pound class are routine, with 15-pound pike and larger fish taken daily. Each season anglers land northerns in excess of 25 pounds and annually, these waters rank as among the most productive for Manitoba Master Angler Award northerns.
Of course, a Canadian camp would be incomplete without walleyes, and Little Churchill’s lodges have plenty of them. Two anglers landed over 200 in a single session. In some of the lakes, there’s lake trout as well!
Catch and release fishing has been the camp rule for many years, and is a major reasons why this fishery remains so productive year after year. Save for one fish to be retained for a trophy mount, all fish taken at any of the lakes must be released. Of course, smaller fish are kept for shore lunches.
Little Churchill features individual cabins for two to eight guests. Each has private bathroom and shower facilities, heat and electricity. Meals are served in the spacious main lodge, with a comfortable lounge area and well stocked tackle shop close at hand.
NEW LODGE: Holmes Lake has long been a favorite of anglers, because of its remoteness, and superb big pike fishing. Until now, only a tent camp operation was available to accommodate anglers. But for 1996, a brand new, modern lodge will be opened up, and Holmes Lake guests will not only have great fishing but excellent accommodations, too.
Little Churchill also operates a number of outpost camps–locations where trophy fishing is the norm, and anglers can trade the daily routine of a traditional camp in favor of guiding and cooking for themselves, on their own schedule.
Trips originate in Thompson, Manitoba, and include RT charter to each lodge. Little Churchill and Holmes Lake Lodge packages include all meals, accommodations and guided fishing. Outposts include accommodations, use of boat/motor and gas.
All American plan rates are per person based on double occupancy. All outpost rates are per person based on minimum of 4 anglers.
American plan rates include RT charter to lodge from Thompson, all meals, accommodations and guided fishing. Liquor, tips, applicable provincial and GST taxes, fishing licenses, items of a personal nature.
Outpost rates include: RT charter to lodge from Thompson, use of boats, motors and fuel, cabin complete with sleeping and cooking facilities, refrigeration and freezing facilities.