Whether sight-casting to huge pike, jigging and trolling for overgrown lake trout or drifting flies for grayling, there’s no place in the world quite like Great Slave. Here, the expectations of catching 30- to 40-pound lakers and pike are so high, 20-pounders elicit a mere yawn. This lake is cold, very deep (more than 600 metres) and frozen eight months of the year—the resulting frigid temperatures mean you don’t have to dredge the depths to hook a trophy.
In 2009, Pike; Numerous fish weighing up to 30 pounds.
When to Fish: Mid-June to mid-July is best.
Where to Fish: Focus on shallow bays in the lake’s north arm.
Tip: Shallow-running baits and topwaters, such as Rapala Skitter Walks, Skitter Pops and Glidin’ Raps, work best. Long streamers also work well.