Big Water, Small Water, Walleye Everywhere
Saskatchewan has over 100,000 lakes (hard to believe someone counted, but they did) and most of them have walleye. But not all lakes are created equal. Some have the topography and food sources to be true walleye factories, producing plenty of rod-bending lunkers. You need to pick the right lakes. That’s why fishing lodges are built where they are, because that’s where you’ll find the fish. If you want to improve your chances of having that epic walleye fishing trip, start by making a plan with a Saskatchewan fishing lodge.
Drive In, Fly In
Some of us like to fish where we know what to expect. Some of us are always seeking new adventures. Saskatchewan has a huge range of fishing lodges to choose from, including over 80 SCPO members. About half of these fishing lodges are located in the province’s far north and are fly-in only. That puts you in exclusive company, where the fish are plentiful, the boat traffic is scarce and the environment is pristine. You also have a choice of drive-in fishing lodges. You won’t sacrifice quality, just expect to see more anglers on the water.
Depending on the lake, you have the opportunity to catch other species of game fish, often in the same location. While it all varies by time of year, water depth, water temperature, lure choice, time of day, and every other factor you care to read about in fishing magazines and fishing blogs, where you find walleye, you’ll often find northern pike. Think about some of your tackle choices for walleye—spoons, jigs, crank baits, with or without bait. If a big walleye will bite, so will a big northern pike.
Many of the deeper northern lakes (depths greater than 50 feet) may also hold lake trout. Lake trout are typically in deeper water than you’ll be fishing for walleye, except in the early spring and late fall. So, if you switch gears and try your hand at fishing for lake trout, get ready to go deep.
On the right lake, in the right location in Saskatchewan, you may be within a few hundred yards of a prime walleye fishing hole, northern pike area and lake trout spot. It’s not unheard of to catch all three species within a few minutes, using the same rod and lure.
Other species also commonly caught in walleye waters include perch, goldeye, whitefish, sauger (a close relative of walleye) and Arctic grayling.
The secret to a legendary Saskatchewan walleye fishing adventure is knowing where, when and how to locate the fish. Almost every body of water has walleye, but it takes experience and local knowledge to get the best out of the depths. Knowing the water, knowing the location of the walleye holes, knowing their seasonal habits is often the difference between a good day on the water and a phenomenal walleye fishing trip. Local guides know the waters. Most of them grew up fishing these same waters and have been working as guides for years. You can’t ask for a better person to be guiding your boat.
The Saskatchewan Commission of Professional Outfitters (SCPO) is an industry-driven, not-for-profit association made up of licensed professional outfitters. Our members know the lay of the land, the whims of weather, the habits of local fish & game. As licensed professional outfitters they operate within a code of ethics and to a standard that ensures your hunting experience will be everything you expect. Outstanding hospitality. Unmatched, experienced guides. Ethical hunting and fishing practices.
Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, it seems like the sun is always up during Saskatchewan’s summers, especially in the north. We give you more daylight to pursue that trophy. The landscape is a ruggedly spectacular backdrop for your brochure-quality fishing picture. The rewards come in the form of memories. The memories come in the form of rod-bending that will tire out your arms but also make you eager for a tug on the line that might come on the very next cast. Add in your best fishing buddies, truly outstanding hospitality and you have a northern Canadian fishing adventure with a full load of stories to tell. Until next year, when the pull of that big walleye lures you back.
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