The Magic of Hook and Line

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East Trout Lake, far younger of the two lakes, is very deep, narrow, clear and cold. It was, in the early 1950s, the home of the first fly-in fishing camp in Saskatchewan and has yielded thousands of pounds of superb lake trout at its finest. Walleye, pike, perch and whitefish also inhabit these waters.

Nipekamew Lake, west and north, is much older. Years of water flow have created a much varied terrain of shelves and underwater islands with extremely fertile, clear, clean, moving, life-giving water. Many locals still drink this water straight from its source, knowing that the entire watershed has very little presence of man. They are aware that there are very few places on earth where this is still true.

Countless numbers of birds migrate past; the great gold eagles pass through; the bald eagles remain for the summer.  Scores of Canada geese visit regularly and flocks of ducks remain until winter closes the door. Pelicans and loons add to the beauty of the lake throughout the summer.

In the forest there still remain huntable numbers of moose, black bears, and an occasional whitetail. Aboriginal trappers and neighbors still find too many beaver as well as wolves, otter, muskrat, fishers, mink and weasels on their winter traplines. Surprisingly an occasional lynx or wolverine appear , and even a cougar has been reported – maybe.

Wilderness, quiet and the beauty of creation endure.  But, for most, it is still the magic of hook and line – and it doesn’t matter if it is fly-rod, bait-cast, spinning rig, monofilament, braided, lead core or even steel. These are the choices of many successful anglers.

Northern Pike, Walleye and Lake Trout are the heavy-duty contenders for fishing excitement.  Each one of these tremendous game fish must be approached with entirely different equipment and location – all within the same bodies of water.

This water had not been regularly fished until roads were dozed in during the 1970s. Almost 50 years later with increasing numbers of fishermen, the waters remain highly fertile and productive.