Fishing reel

Selwyn Lake


Species: Pike, Trout

Coordinates: 60° 0€² 0€³ N, 104° 30€² 0€³ W


Location: Saskatchewan

Surface area: 717 km²

Why we chose it

In 2010, Best for lake trout; Is a trophy-class fishery


When to go: Late July to September is best.

Where to fish: Fish deep rock reefs and trenches.


Tip: Troll eight- to 14-inch plugs, big spoons or vertically jig giant tubes.

—Mike Asher, a manager at Cabela’s Canada in Winnipeg

Pike; Trophy fish, many pushing 50 inches and longer

When to fish: The end of June and the beginning of July are best.

Where to fish: Fish shallow, muddy bays or the mouths of bays.

Tip: Big, soft-bodied swimbaits such as the Storm WildEye Swim Shad attract big gators.

—Richie Tripp, freelance photographer and tournament angler, who also does camera work for Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing TV show

In 2008, Pike; Giant gators and a great lodge

When to fish: June to August.

Where to fish: Good numbers and the odd trophy in back bays; trophies on main-lake points.

Tip: Cast and slowly retrieve Storm WildEye swimbaits.

—Dave Mercer, host of Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing: The Show