Fish a million acres of private water
With our network of 22 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 first-class lake with both trout and pike. It was opened up as a fly out lake in 2000 and quickly became our #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 a bit smarter and the trophy totals fell off. We gave the lake an eight-year rest and brought it back in 2016 and it produced well again. With just one boat there you will have only trout and pike for company and maybe a moose. The pike fishing has always been fast and furious with pike up to 45”.
Beauvais is a beautiful, sprawling lake, producing both pike and trout in good numbers with plenty of trophies. The trout holes are well known and can be fished 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 a single 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 on any of our lakes.
The close by 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 was opened for Scott guests in 2013. 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. There is a lot of water to explore.
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.
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 a few seasons. It’s ready for action again.
After just two seasons, Flett has become a Scott Lake Lodge legend. 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. Last season it continued to produce many of our largest fish. It also delivered some huge lake trout, including a 46 incher. Big fish or lots of smaller fish, Flett is a memorable fishing experience.
If you like your pike long and fat this can be the place. On Gardiner your odds of getting a super-sized pike are pretty darn good. 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 hat (or 100+Club jacket) in a single day here. It’s been done before
This is a fantastic lake that was rested for ten years and brought back in 2107. It has produced some incredible fishing days for some very eager pike. While fishing here has been limited, it has also been memorable. While great numbers are the story here, it has produced some huge pike, including a 47 incher. 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 five consecutive seasons, offering quite a lot of pike over 45”. There just doesn’t seem to be many slow days on Ingalls. There are many stories of a pike way beyond 50 inches: seen but not yet caught. Maybe this is the season and you’re the angler. It also features great trout holes and great fishing for arctic grayling in the outflow. 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. While there are some trout holes, the Insula story is of an incredible number of 35-38” aggressive pike. In 2017, two anglers landed around 200 fish by lunch and were too tired to fish any more: they came home early. Days of 100 + pike are common. The pike action here can sometimes be described only as fantasy fishing. If you want fast action and “easy” fishing this is your lake. So far there have been no “mega” pike (those over 47”) caught but pike up to 45” have been taken.
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. Early in the season and in September there are some lakers around 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.
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 to late 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 a beautiful falls at the south end. It’s simply the best.
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 and 2017. It’s big enough to have big fish and yet small enough that you can fish the whole lake in a day with never any rough water. It has some very healthy pike cruising around its shoreline. It’s at the southern end of our flyout 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. A group of up to six can fish here.
The story of Lone has yet to be written. It was fished just a few times in August of 2017 with results beyond words. There are at least two trout holes there that produce a strike on every drop of the trolling gear. In just a few trip s our guides found some outstanding trout holes and a few very nice pike. The fishing for lake trout was so good right near the landing spot that no one has explored the rest of this rather large lake. The lake flows into the Dubawnt River, just east of Wholdaia where undoubtedly there will be grayling. It is the longest flight on our flyout menu but the pilots know the way. Help write the story of this intriguing lake. We’ll put your story in this space a year from now.
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. It’s been the “secret lake” for a couple of guides. 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 very short hike, the excellent grayling water near the inflow to Labyrinth can be accessed. Odin is a winner with very little pressure.
Talk about big, totally unexplored water. The Rennie/Vermette complex is a lot of water. The two connected lakes run about 30 miles north to south with the top of Rennie stretching about 12 miles east to west. In addition to a big wide-open basin there is a fairly narrow western arm providing some protection from wind and waves. It will be a challenge for the guide team to learn this water but it’s what they live for. They are all explorers at heart. And so are at least a few of our guests. This is our only true tundra lake. The “official treeline” on maps cuts the lake right in half. You are up there, about 100 miles due north of the lodge. This is the land of caribou, musk ox and wolves. Will you see one? Wildlife sightings are even less predictable than fishing but the odds are good. The fishing? It’s an unknown as we head into the season, but we do know that we are the first outfitter to tackle this lake. A few canoeists have paddled its length and we have heard stories of giant trout. We’ll find out this summer. Will you?
Sandy has been for years one of our top big pike producers. Like Ivanhoe, Odin, Labyrinth and Smalltree and now Wholdaia, Sandy is part of the Dubawnt River system. It’s a shallow lake with lots of aquatic vegetation, some of the best of any of our flyout lakes. 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 which are prime in July and August. For June it has some deadly good shallow bays. And it has during the lower water levels of July and August 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.
Yet another massive new lake for Scott Lake Lodge. Selwyn Lake, around 75 miles east of Scott Lake, is one of northern Canada’s most storied lakes. It’s been producing huge trout and pike for decades but has not been fished heavily in the past few years. In fact, the southwest arm of the lake, a long boat ride from Selwyn Lake Lodge, has been fished very lightly, if at all. Scott Lake Lodge has acquired outfitting rights to the Saskatchewan half of the huge lake, about 75,000 acres of water and to an adjacent, connected lake, Shagory. Like Scott, Selwyn is bisected by the 60th parallel. While we know this lake only by its reputation, we are confident it will produce for our guide team, a group at a level of near frenzy over this opportunity. One of our current guides was years ago “on loan” to Selwyn Lake Lodge and found an incredible number of 40” lake trout. All we know is that learning this new water will be high on our hit list as soon as the ice leaves. We will be putting three brand new rigs in the lake—18’ guide boats with 40 HP Yamahas, the same setup we have at Scott. Like Rennie Lake this is an explorer’s dream. Let’s fish.
Smalltree has produced a tremendous number of trophy pike and many memorable trophy days over the past decade or so. It has become for many of our guides the “go to” lake for trophy pike. Like any lake, it can have a slow day but it’s rare 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 one of the most northerly of any of our flyouts; it’s a 45 minute drive in the Otter. It’s a Scott Lake Classic.
Sometimes precious things come in small packages. Thomas is one of those gems. It was fished for two seasons about 20 years ago with sensational results. Then wildfire swept through the area and burned the landscape badly: it was just too ugly to fish and was abandoned. Now the landscape has recovered and the pike fishing, oddly, is much better than it was back then. Maybe the ash in the lake? We don’t know why but we do know that Thomas has produced a lot of big pike. In 2014 it was our #1 lake for pike over 45”. It’s still a dynamite lake with the right conditions (warm weather). 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.
Maybe you remember seeing the fat 51” pike in the four-page photo spread of mega pike in last season’s Annual Report. That was a Wholdaia fish as well as many others on those pages. Wholdaia is a monster of a lake with monster fish. New in 2016 it immediately produced some very heavy pike. It is part of the famed Dubawnt River system and is so large it took all of 2016 and a chunk of 2017 to fish even half of it. This year we will be positioning a boat on the northeast side of the lake, about a three hour boat ride from our current boat base. We will be able to double drop anglers on the same lake—it’s that big. It could well become our crown jewel in a collection of amazing gems. It is vast with so many bays and arms that getting an accurate size estimation is almost impossible, but it makes Scott feel small. New this year boats on Wholdaia will be equipped with 30 HP motors to move around this vast expanse a bit faster . This lake is a winner.
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 70 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 we know of on the Elk River, at the outflow of Rennie Lake (the early European explorers called the abundant caribou “elk”, however there are no real 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.