A blackened grill over a bed of hot coals. A cast-iron skillet of bubbling oil. Fish so fresh, they're still flipping. And that sweet aroma of wood smoke and fillets on the fry.

A northern fishing adventure just wouldn't be complete without the promise of a delicious, well-earned shorelunch. “A lot of my long-term return guests find the shorelunch to be a highlight of the day,” agrees Tony Jeffers, a guide at Great Bear Lake Lodge in the Northwest Territories. So, just how special are these northern feasts? To find out, we asked four top fishing guides to share their culinary secrets.