A whirlwind Northern Saskatchewan

Jason Hamilton

A whirlwind of activity that brought an island in northern Saskatchewan from a winter haven for a few hardy squirrels and a pine marten to a bustling community of 60 people in a couple of weeks. Being a flyin only lodge Scott Lake Lodge, needs to have every stick of lumber, fuel and food flown in on 2 trusty DeHaviland float planes our 1949 Beaver GQD and a 1956 otter HPE. These aircraft are airborne over the northern boreal forest for hundreds of hours in the summer season, flying freight, taking fisherman on day trips to fly out lakes over an area of a few million acres of wild lands and lakes.

The spring started warm but cooled off, leaving the main target, northern pike both in the shallow silty bays and on the drops out front. Day 1 of fishing was a great one. Lots of fish came to the cradle and many over 40” the biggest being a fat 46” water wolf that came from the back of a long shallow bay. Soft plastics and spinners were accounting for most of the bites.

Lake trout, who hold a soft spot in my heart are on the sand cruising, looking for whitefish, suckers and pike in the backs of bays. Sight casting to big trout is a blast. But my favourite method is to get on the 8-15’ sand flats and rip jig big (3-5oz) white ducktail jigs. I keep the speed up around 4-6mph here to let these aggressive spring fish chase the bait down. On a side not I tried this technique last spring on a large Canadian shield lake in NW Ontario. Not only did this produce lakers, it resulted in a number of jumbo walleye.

As the rush of the opening of the lodge subsides. I’ll get out in the boat more and get a couple more fish photos. For now I’ve got an office with a great view and slew of emails to reply to. Good fishing

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