Fishing Destiny

Nueltin Lake

Spanning northern Manitoba and southern Nunavut Territory, Nueltin Lake encompasses 125 miles of remote water amid terrain that varies from sandy eskers and thick jack-pine forest to rocky treeless tundra. Nueltin was the first Canadian lake to voluntarily adopt a catch-and-release ethic (except for small lunch fish) and has long been one of the top lake trout, northern pike, and Arctic grayling destinations in North America. So remote that it's only reached via plane, Nueltin is fished by few people each year during just a three-month season. These anglers see lots of lake trout and northern pike, casting for the latter and primarily trolling for the former. Fifty-six pounds is the largest laker on record for Nueltin. Fish in the 15- to 25-pound class are fairly common, with good opportunities for trout up to 40 pounds. Many pike in the 15- to 22-pound range are available, with bigger ones caught annually; large numbers of pike are caught in bay shallows early in the season. Grayling action is also good, with fish up to 3 pounds taken, especially by anglers fishing swift water around Nueltin Narrows. In addition to the great resources of Nueltin, lodges here have exclusive access to scores of other waters in the region, with 130 boats scattered about at these places, many of which see no lures from one year to the next. For details, call Nueltin Fly-In Lodges at 800-361-7177 or visit www.nueltin.com.