Fish a million acres of private water
With our network of 20 fly out destinations Scott Lake Lodge anglers have exclusive access to literally a million acres of water on lakes ranging in size from a few thousand acres to a few hundred thousand acres. Those lakes are spread across a vast region encompassing 15,000 square miles of pure, untouched wilderness—that’s quite a backyard. And you will not see another boat without a Scott Lake Lodge decal on its side. It’s all yours!
Our fly out option is just that—an option. While the fishing on Scott and the adjacent Premier and Grindle lakes is excellent, many anglers just love to get in that float plane and see some new country.
With so many lakes in our network, we can really spread the fishing pressure around, keeping the entire fly out system fresh and exciting. You will have the “chance” for extraordinary fishing. All we can promise is that all of our fly out lakes have great fisheries, great fishing history and have passed over a very high bar to make the list. But no one can predict the outcome on any particular day. At any lake, anywhere the final decision is up to the fish: they always have the last word.
Abitau is a classy lake. It has both trout and pike matched with some of the most attractive landscape of any of our many fly out lakes. It was opened up as a fly out lake in 2002 and quickly became the #1 lake trout destination. It produced so many double digit days that the lodge had to run a lottery to determine who could go there. Trout over 40″ were caught regularly. As in many of our great trout lakes, the fish there got smart and the trophy totals fell off. We gave the lake a five-year rest and now it’s ready for prime time again. With just one boat there the trout fishing should be sensational. And the pike fishing is fast and furious too. Pike up to 45″ have been landed on Abitau. Lots of cabbage to concentrate the pike in July and August. We’re happy to welcome a great lake back into the fold.
Beauvais is a beautiful, sprawling lake. Beauvais produces both pike and trout in good numbers with plenty of trophies. The trout holes are well known and can be fished fairly quickly, leaving plenty of time for the many shallow bays where the pike action can be terrific. In 2014 our biggest pike of the season came from Beauvais and a pair of 47 inchers were landed in one afternoon in 2015. In June and early July the pike are in the shallow bays and in late July and August they hold in some of the best “cabbage” beds of any of our lakes.
The Dodge lake complex has two connected lakes with lots of interesting water. You could never see it all in a day or even in a week. This was a Scott outpost for two seasons 16 years ago but never had guided fishing. Scott guides have been lusting after this lake for years. In 2013 we opened the lake for our guides and they quickly found some dynamite trout holes. Many of the biggest lake trout of 2013, 2014 and 2015 came out of Dodge, including a very high percentage of our trout over 40”. And it has plenty of unexplored pike bays and plenty of pike. No one has spent much time on the connected lake, Sovereign, yet— Dodge was always too good.
If you don’t like to hike far for grayling fishing, we can put you right on some of our best grayling water just downstream of Ivanhoe. After a very short walk (5 minutes on flat ground) you can fish a mile of beautiful grayling water. Lots of 18” fish have been taken here. For the dry-fly angler, this is heaven. There are slippery rocks but the current is not heavy. The docking area on the river is too tight for the Otter so it is accessible only with the Beaver.
It’s a tough call to decide if Dunvegan is a trout lake or a pike lake. It’s been great for both species. One of Scott’s first fly out lakes, Dunvegan has provided some epic trophy lake trout days. There are good sized deep holes (60-70 feet) in the sandy lakebed that concentrate the lakers, especially mid-season. It also has lots of first class pike bays and plenty of cabbage for late season. In June and July it has first rate shallow water pike fishing. As one wise guide said, “sometimes it’s a can’t miss lake”. In fact, it usually is. After years of regular fishing, Dunvegan has been on the back burner for the past two seasons. It’s had a nice rest.
After just one season Flett has become a Scott Lake Lodge legend. Part of the Dubawnt River system, the same river that has blessed us with Ivanhoe, Labyrinth, Sandy, Smalltree and Wholdaia, Flett put on a hell of a show in 2016, coughing up more trophy pike than any lake in our history including a bunch over 47” and a 51”, our biggest of 2016. It also delivered some huge lake trout, including a 46 incher. Big fish or lots of smaller fish, Flett is a memorable fishing experience. It is a relatively long flight but it’s worth it.
If you like your pike long and fat this is the place. It may not provide the steady action of Ivanhoe or Labyrinth but your odds of getting a super-sized pike are pretty good on Gardiner. In recent years it has produced more than its share of 45”+ fish including three 49 inchers. Gardiner has one first rate trout hole for mid-season trolling or jigging. The grayling fishing requires a 15-20 minute hike but you could get your Trophy Triple (or 100+Club) in one day here.
This is another fantastic lake that was rested for nearly ten years. It’s ready to be back in the action. Hostile is great pike lake. While fishing here has been limited it has also been memorable. The guide team will be exploring all corners in 2017. The pike there are eager and maybe even a little hostile.
A huge lake, rivaling Scott Lake in size and complexity, Ingalls was a new lake back in 2013 and was sensational for pike from the first day. It has kept producing fantastic fishing for four consecutive seasons, offering quite a few pike over 45”. There just don’t seem to be many slow days on Ingalls. There are rumors of a way beyond 50 incher that has been seen but not yet caught. Maybe this is the season. We still have barely touched all the pike nooks and crannies of Ingalls. It also features great trout holes and some of our best fishing for arctic grayling. The outflow river system is extensive and has not been fully explored but we know it has a lot of big grayling. It was only in 2016 that all the lake trout holes were found—we think. A lot of 40-inch trout have ended up in the boat at Ingalls. It’s an exciting place.
One of our newest lakes, set up in 2016, Insula is a pike lake, pure and simple. There is one trout hole of 100’ but with the incredible numbers of pike there no one has tried it yet. While we have taken trophy pike up to 45” there, the Insula story is an incredible number of 35-38” aggressive pike. One group last season caught around 200 fish by lunch and were too tired to fish any more: they came home early. The pike action here can sometimes be described only as fantasy fishing. If you want fast action and “easy” fishing this is your lake.
Ivanhoe has always been the pike lake by which we measure the rest: it’s our gold standard. It’s a big lake: you will not see more than half of the lake in a full day. The action is usually fast. It has not produced our largest pike but it consistently produces a lot of 40”-44” pike and has one 49er in the books. It has great shallow bays for early season and lots of cabbage beds for mid-season. One large hole near the landing zone produces trophy trout. The grayling fishing is excellent but requires a 20-minute hike, and yes, there will be bugs. Ivanhoe is probably our most photogenic lake with lots of interesting topography and beautiful falls at the south end. It’s simply a great lake.
Just downstream of Ivanhoe but to the north (rivers flow north and east in this part of the world), Labyrinth has a near cult following with some Scott guides, especially in the late season when lots of cabbage is available. It also has classic early season pike bays as well. Early in the season and in September there are some lakers ar0und the inflow but it’s the big pike that lure anglers here. Labyrinth is known for particularly fat, girthy pike. It’s also one of our most dependable trophy grayling locations. There are grayling runs at both the inflow and outflow. A short hike (10 minutes) gets you to either one.
What a gem of a lake we found in 2015. A boat went into Lacusta in August of that year and immediately it began producing big pike—lots of them. It kept producing all of 2016. It’s big enough to have big fish and yet small enough that you can fish the whole lake in a day. And never any rough water. It has some very healthy pike cruising around its shoreline. It’s at the southern end of our fly out system, just barely into the Northwest Territories. If you like your lakes friendly and intimate this is the one for you.
Lefty falls is a spectacular place, officially one of Saskatchewan’s “Seven Wonders”. And it’s all yours for the day. Picture a national park without handrails, signs or any other people. Then picture lots of eager grayling. There is a steep 15-20 minute hike from the plane to the river and the rocks in the river are very slippery. If you’re not in reasonable shape or if you balance is questionable, take another choice for grayling. Especially during mid and late season, the grayling action can be sensational. It’s a lot like fishing a western trout river except there are lots more fish and no other anglers–a solitude you can’t find anywhere south of the border.
Odin is a cool lake between Labyrinth and Ivanhoe, keeping very good company. It is just a bit small for two boats but it’s perfect for one. Odin has always had excellent pike fishing with consistent trophy production. Lots of lily pads to cast to and plenty of other aquatic vegetation is part of its charm. There are some lake trout but it’s primarily an excellent pike lake. With a short hike, the grayling water near the inflow of Labyrinth can be accessed. Odin is a winner with very little pressure.
Sandy is one of our top big pike producers. Like Ivanhoe, Odin, Labyrinth and Smalltree, Sandy is part of the Dubawnt River system. It’s a shallow lake with lots of aquatic vegetation. The water is fairly dark so sight fishing is not part of the package, just jolting strikes and lots of pike. Sandy has the famed (at least famous to Scott Lake guides) Football and Soccer Fields–huge cabbage patches. And it has solid grayling fishing at the outflow which at the right water levels can be fished right from the boat or with a short walk in waders.
Smalltree has produced a tremendous number of trophy pike and many memorable trophy days. It has become the “go to” lake for trophy pike. Like any lake it can have a slow day but it’s more unlikely here. Smalltree is blessed with an abundance of cabbage and other aquatic vegetation that concentrate pike. Early season finds pike at Smalltree in literally inches of water. There are two quality trout holes as well. It also has one excellent grayling spot, where some of our biggest grayling are taken, at the outlet, a boat ride of about 25 minutes with lots of pike spots on the way. There have been many Trophy Triple days here and even some 100+Club days—a “done-in-one” experience. Smalltree is the most northerly of any of the fly outs; it’s a 45-50 minute scenic ride in the Otter with possible sightings of musk ox or moose. It’s not quite the true tundra but it’s close—you can see it from there.
Thomas was fished for a couple of seasons about fifteen years ago with sensational results. Then wildfire swept through the area and burned the landscape badly. It was abandoned but now has recovered nicely. In 2014 we got it back in the program with amazing results. That season it produced more pike over 45” than any other fly out lake and it held up well into 2015. It’s a small lake and the guides now know it cold. This is strictly a pike pilgrimage. Like any small lake temperature changes can affect it more dramatically than our larger lakes. Check with your guide and then check it out.
Wholdaia is a monster of a lake with monster fish. New in 2016 it produced some very heavy pike. It could well be the crown jewel of the Dubawnt River system. It’s a lake we’re still getting to know. It is vast with so many bays and arms that getting an accurate size estimation is almost impossible. This will be a summer of exploration for Wholdaia. Be one of those explorers.
The Tundra Tour
This full day trip takes you into the heart of the Northwest Territories.
You will fly north from the Lodge over hundreds of lakes and absolutely no sign of humanity. About a hundred miles north of Scott the trees start to melt away to reveal a vast rolling plain, a sort of North American Serengeti. The wildlife viewing, though unpredictable, can be spectacular. A flight often brings sightings of musk ox, caribou (especially later in the season), wolves, black bear and moose or even wolverine. But the animals are a bonus. The experience of flying over a pristine wilderness is the payoff. The day is quite flexible with the opportunity to land and hike, have a subarctic picnic or experience the absolute best grayling fishing in the region on the Elk River (the early European explorers called the abundant caribou “elk”, however there are no elk in the region). Most groups end up spending most of the day on the river but that call is yours. Typically the trip runs from 8AM until 6PM and will cover a few hundred miles. It is one of those “bucket list” experiences that you need to check off.