Current news from the North – Report from the lodge March 29 2016

Current news from the North – Report from the lodge March 29 2016

The crew were welcomed by warm weather…temperatures up into the 40’s were settling the snow and starting to give things a spring-like feel. Paul, best cialis Georgie and Aaron (Paul’s brother) went north to move some material, check out the snow vs. roof interaction and try their luck on a few lake trout.

The report is as follows: no snowmobile traffic apparent on the lake, also no caribou tracks (perhaps a correlation!) 2.5′ of snow on the level. 36-40″ of ice on the lake around the lodge. Lake trout proving adept at avoiding the frying pan.

Have a look at these photos, what a beautiful place to visit in the winter. That said its even better in the summer. Haven’t locked in your spot?? There’s still hope! Get in touch with J5 our sales guy and make sure you don’t miss out on 2016!

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What’s Up in the Winter at Scott Lake

What’s Up in the Winter at Scott Lake

From mid September the 13 acre island that houses Scott Lake Lodge is a pretty quiet place, cialis patient the silence only broken by the coming and goings of the few hardy  creatures that spend their winters in Canada’s northern boreal forest, cialis and perhaps the odd trapper’s snowmobile passing by. An island that sees impressive amounts of activity in a short period in the summer gets a long rest for most of the winter; most being the operative term here. Having a fly in fishing lodge located on the border of Saskatchewan and the Northwest territories presents a number of challenges in getting people, find groceries, fuel and materials to the site. When that fly in fishing lodge happens to be one of the few left in Canada on a lake with no winter road access or runway, there are a few more considerations when getting ready for the new season. For this reason the winter trip to Scott Lake by a few folks is an important part of the system that allows us to provide our guests with a first rate fishing trip. Our motto for many years has been, constant, incremental improvement of all facets of the Scott Lake experience. For this reason each spring and fall sees new construction projects to repair, replace or build new the infrastructure that we use to host guests, now in the 20th season of operation under the current ownership. Taking into account the ice breakup period in May and early June where nothing can access the island but helicopter, all new material for spring work needs to be in place in winter when the twin otter can land on skies on the hard water out front of the lodge.

It’s an exciting trip up to Scott Lake in the winter, even early (early) spring, the long milk-run flight stopping at all points from Saskatoon to Stony Rapids, some frenzied running around in Stony securing the last few items needed for the trip and a ski plane flight into the lodge…all in the shortened daylight hours of the North at this time of year. Getting off the plane one never knows what will be found, memories of a squatting bear still fresh in the mind. Now comes a whirlwind of activity that the crew seems to fall into with no planning. The plane is unloaded and a weeks worth of food, gear, beer, snowshoes and fuel to keep things running. Shovels are donned and the process of digging into cabins and the solar room are early priorities. Start a fire, get power going, kick out any unwanted bears, dig out the snow machine (hope it starts) and toboggan, haul gear, start the ice auger and bore a water hole trough almost 4’ of ice, pour a cocktail, check Facebook. After the initial flurry the crew falls into a few days of dawn to dusk work, moving a few lifts of lumber that the ski plane drops off, cutting dead trees fro firewood and for wood chips come spring. It’s a busy time but always a fun time with a portion of each day set aside to check on Scott Lake’s populations of northern pike and lake trout, we want to ensure there are still a few big ones around.

A  week seems to fly by in no time at all and then there is a hurried boarding of doors and piling into the plane always thinking there is no way we are going to make the flight south from Stony Rapids in time. What do we have in store? Well, we aren’t going to let on just what improvements are on the docket for his winter and spring, you will have to come see for your self!

Book now or forever lose your spot for 2016

We are very proud to announce that Scott Lake Lodge is over 85% booked for the 2016 season, this is no small feat and we must thank the continued support of you our customers for your business and loyalty to the place. Sales manager Jon “J5” Wimpney has again done an exceptional job matching people with dates to make sure no one misses out on their fishing trip this year. He is doing such a good job filling spots we thought it was only fair to warn you. Book now to make sure you have a place in the boat for the 2016 season! As we mentioned above there are good things brewing and we want to show you what we’ve been up to.

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Sunshine & Trophies

Sunshine & Trophies

Three groups are now in the books at Scott Lake Lodge and the fishing is still red hot! The bitter cold of the Northern Canadian spring is a thing of the past! Weather has been outstanding with temperatures regularly exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (86 F).

The only thing hotter than the weather has been the fishing! At this point last year our world class guide team had boated an amazing 261 trophy sized Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and Artic Grayling. However, this year there has been an astonishing 481 trophies caught! Highlighted by our first 100+ club member of the year Stephen “Big Dog” Bandt with a remarkable 105” total (46” Pike, 43.5” Trout, 15.5” Grayling), guided by J5.

It has been the year of the 46” Jack! To date there has been fourteen 46” Northern Pike caught, six of which all caught on June 24th, what a day! It’s been a great start to the year already with our best Trout fishing still to come so stay tuned! Be sure to keep an eye on our website for regular blog updates, and daily additions of the Tundra Times and Pic of the Day. Also if you have not already done so, like our page on Facebook at:


Red Hot Start!

Red Hot Start!

Even though spring was cold in northern Canada, fishing at Scott Lake Lodge is on fire! Our first two groups of the summer saw its share of challenges, however nothing was going to stop our world class guide team from putting our guest on lots of big Northern Pike and Lake Trout! It started with a lake half covered in ice, and ended with some of our best trophy fish days in years, highlighted by an astounding 52 trophies caught on June 16th.

After 10 days on the water our guides are averaging over 28 trophies per day. These numbers are not going to slow down anytime soon because the weather forecast is looking great, and we have barely scratched the surface of our fly-out lakes!

The spring bite is on so stay tuned to our website for regular blog updates, and daily additions of the Tundra Times and Pic of the Day. Also if you have not already done so, like our page on Facebook at:

Up And Running

Some seasons everything just falls into place. The staff at Scott Lake Lodge faced some daunting challenges as they opened up the Lodge for the 2012 season. Heavy snow knocked down the twin compressors running the walk in freezer/refrigerator. Wind driven ice pushed around two of our boat docks. And the wood chip walkways did not fare well over the winter. But put enough focused, best viagra shop recipe hard working people on jobs and they get done. Everything was repaired or rebuilt; tens of thousands of pounds of food, cialis sale search fishing tackle, fuel, motors and of course a few hundred cases of beer were flown in, unloaded and stored. It was a busy place. But on June 10 every last job was complete and the place looked like it was in the running for a Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot. General Manager John Gariepy did an outstanding job coordinating all the preparation. Owner Tom Klein did a lot of fishing.

Many of our regular guests arriving were startled by the sight of a lake that just looked a lot bigger. After five years of drought and low snowfalls, Scott Lake was about as low in late 2011 as anyone could remember. What a pleasant surprise that very heavy snowfalls in late winter could bring the lake level back to near record levels. All the bays are flooded right back to grass and bushes. Places that have not been fished for years because the entrances were too shallow are now accessible again, as well as the big pike that spend most of the early part of the season in very shallow water. There should be a few more trophy pike pins handed out at the nightly Biff Piston Show (you need to be a Scott guest to understand that reference, but trust us: it is an experience.)

Speaking of trophy pins we did dent our supply with the first group in. Despite cool and cloudy weather, forty-four pins found new homes on hats and fishing shirts. The numbers were even better. Everyone caught a lot of fish. Ryan McPhee kicked things off well with three trophy pike on the opening morning. David Marco came all the way from Florida to catch big pike and he wasn’t going home without some memorable ones. He got three trophy pike the next day while son Michael got stuck at the 39 inch mark. But Michael returned the favor on Day 3 by nailing three trophy pike himself. Both used fly rods to capture their big fish. A Montana angler, Nate Naprstek, not only limited himself to a fly rod but he stayed with top water flies. It’s a real show to see pike turn themselves inside out smashing a surface fly. He not only caught a lot of pike: he got four trophies. Jim McPhee had the biggest fish of the week, a very fat 44.5” pike. Another McPhee, Colin, joined the big fish parade, landing a 40” lake trout.

Those are just numbers. Everyone left with great memories and a bit of soreness in their fish fighting arm. The next group though started their trip with a great first day. Fourteen trophy pike were caught. Jim Klenk who has been coming to Scott for a long time got one of his biggest fish ever, landing a 45” pike that had not missed many meals. But the fish of the year, so far, went to Jack Barko who watched as his guide slid the cradle under a 47.5” monster. That’s setting the bar. And that’s the story at Scott, so far. We’re just getting started.