Fish a million acres of private water
With our network of 22 flyout 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 flyout option is just that—an option. While the fishing on Scott and the adjacent Premier, Wayo 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 flyout system fresh and exciting. You will have the “chance” for extraordinary fishing. All we can promise is that all of our flyout lakes have great fisheries, great fishing history and have passed 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 as a flyout 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. 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.
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 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.
Burslem is brand new to our flyout network. Part of the lake was fished once with a Zodiac over 20 years ago and produced very good numbers of pike with plenty of trophy-sized fish. At that time, however, it was determined that it wasn’t big enough to handle two boats and during Scott’s early years all of our lakes featured two boats. So, it was put on the shelf. Now with the single Otter flying to lakes with both one and two boats, we are putting this beautiful lake back on the menu. New lakes always have eager fish. Be one of the first to meet these never-seen-a-lure pike. It’s possible that there are trout in Burslem—no one remembers
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 an outpost camp in 1997 and 1998 but was opened for Scott guests in 2013. Many of the biggest lake trout in recent years have come out of Dodge. 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 still a lot of water to explore. It’s a short plane ride to the southeast.
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 big grayling 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 flyout 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”.
After just three seasons, Flett has become a Scott Lake Lodge legend. Flett put on a hell of a show in 2016, its first season, coughing up more trophy pike than any lake in our history. Last season it continued to produce many of our largest pike. 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 definitely a long flight but worth it.
If you like your pike long and fat this can be the place. It may not provide the steady action of an Insula, Ivanhoe or Labyrinth, but your odds of getting a super-sized pike are pretty good here. 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 more seasons. There just don’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 some great trout holes and an option for arctic grayling in the outflow. 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 that produce trophy-sized lakers, the Insula story is one 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.
Ivanhoe has always been the pike lake by which we measure the rest: it’s our gold standard. It is a big lake though, 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 trophies. 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 can produce trophy trout. The grayling fishing is excellent but requires a 20-minute hike, and yes, there will be bugs on that walk. Ivanhoe is probably our most photogenic lake with lots of interesting topography and a beautiful waterfall at the south end. It’s simply the best.
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 late July and August when the cabbage beds are prime. 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.
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—plenty of them. It’s kept producing ever since. It is big enough to have big fish and yet small enough that you can fish the entire lake in a day. It’s a perfect lake in big wind—it’s not big enough for rough water. It’s at the southern end of our flyout system, just barely into the Northwest Territories. If you like your lakes friendly, fishy 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 your 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 2017 and 2018. There are at least two trout holes there that have produced a strike on almost every drop of the trolling gear. The fishing for lake trout has been so good right near the landing zone that the rest of this rather large lake hasn’t seen any anglers. The lake flows into the Dubawnt River, just east of Wholdaia. It is the longest flight on our flyout menu, but the pilots know the way. Help write the story of this intriguing lake.
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.
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.
This is another massive new lake for Scott Lake Lodge anglers. Selwyn Lake, 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 south-west arm of the lake, a long boat ride from the now closed Selwyn Lake Lodge, has been fished very lightly, if at all, for decades. In 2018 Scott Lake Lodge acquired outfitting rights to Selwyn and to an adjacent, connected lake, Shagory. Like Scott, Selwyn is bisected by the 60th parallel. The fishing in 2018 was consistent with our high expectations. While the guide team was still learning the lake, they helped their anglers tie into a tremendous number of trophy pike and trout. Late in the season, one of the guides also found some wonderful grayling fishing. It’s a long flight and not an inexpensive day but talk to your guide about taking a flight to this amazing lake.
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 the most northerly of any of our flyouts; a 45-minute tour in the Otter takes you to the land of “small trees” and a hint of true tundra. It’s been a Scott Lake Classic for many years. A lake that just keeps giving.
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 as a flyout destination. Now the landscape has recovered and the pike fishing, oddly, is much better than it was back then. Maybe the ash in the lake stimulated growth? 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 big pike. It’s still a dynamite lake with the right conditions (warm weather). It’s a small lake and the guides now know it doesn’t fish well in cold fronts. 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. After our third season we are getting a handle on this lake. This year we will have five boats there so we can really cover the lake. 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 or even Selwyn feel small. 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.