FISHING

Yellowknife is perched on the shore of one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world – a lake renowned for its trophy-sized lake trout and great northern pike.

But that’s not all.  Dozens of smaller lakes accessible from Yellowknife also offer excellent fishing and Yellowknife is the starting point for many fly-in fishing lodges, usually the only lodge on a lake at least 10 miles long.

Sport fishing in the Northwest Territories is governed by the Northwest Territories Sport Fishing Regulations, and requires a valid fishing license.

Staff at the Yellowknife Visitor Information Centre can provide locations for the purchase of  sport fishing licenses. 

The main fish species in the Yellowknife area are:  Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye (Pickerel) Lake Whitefish and Arctic Grayling.  Inconnu are also found in Great Slave Lake, but not the smaller lakes. 

You can venture out on your own and drop a line in a nearby lake, or you can hire a fishing guide who can quickly take you to the places where monsters lurk.

 

Our local operators and lodges are ready to host you for a few hours or a week. Browse local operators below.

Things to Do in Yellowknife
Fishing

Here you will make footprints in one of the most uninhabited regions on earth. Fish for Arctic Grayling, Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish and Burbot in a setting that is breathtaking. Aylmer Lake Lodge is ...

A touch of luxury in the wilderness! 30-minute’s scenic flight from Yellowknife, you’ll find a stunning eco-lodge, cozy cabins, fine dining and more. Unparalleled views of Aurora at night and...

Bluefish Services offers guided fishing trips and naturalist tours on Great Slave Lake. We have been in business for 25 years making us the one of the most experienced tour operators in the Northwest...

As a local Indigenous man Bob has traditional knowledge and insight into the land that the average northerner does not possess. Thanks to a keen connection to the land, Bob is able to guide visitors...

Trout Rock Wilderness Lodge is a premier fly-in fishing/eco lodge on Great Slave Lake - rated as the number one trophy pike fishing lodge in the world. It is also the hot spot for aurora borealis ...

A modern facility with world-class fishing and professional guides. Located on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, we offer the trip of a lifetime targeting trophy Trout, Grayling, Pike and Whitefish. ...

Specializing in outdoor adventures, offering visitors an affordable way to fish and explore Great Slave Lake. Fishing charters run June - October. Ice fishing runs February to April.   

In summer, visit the commercial fishery and fish for Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye/Pickerel and Lingcod. Half day to a week long tours.  Feast on a freshly cooked fish dinner accompanied by...

Remote fly-in fishing lodge only a 20-minute floatplane ride from Yellowknife. Lake and river fishing for Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling and Whitefish, June to mid-September. Our rates...

Fish for Trout and Grayling at our all-inclusive lodge located on Great Slave Lake. Fly-in from Yellowknife. Five guest cabins, meals, lounge and fully-equipped boats.

Travel to the barrenlands, the Land of the Midnight Sun, home of the Aurora Borealis — unchanged wilderness since the beginning of time. Wildlife, which is unique to the Canadian Arctic, is abundant...

Namushka offers all the comforts of home in the middle of secluded wilderness. A self-catered lodge which holds no schedules, because you make your own! “Outdoor Adventure, Your Way” at Namushka...

North Star Adventures is a 100% Aboriginal owned, local tour company. We grew up in Yellowknife, we know Yellowknife! We are happy to share our Aboriginal culture. We offer Aboriginal Cultural Tours...

Great Bear Lake is home of the Trophy Trout, boasting All-Tackle World Records for Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling. Fly to Tree River for Arctic Char. Great Bear is home to indescribable Arctic beauty...

On beautiful Gordon Lake, this full service fly in lodge accommodates up to 16 guests. 100 km northeast of Yellowknife. Lake Trout (to 56 lb) and Northern Pike.  Fish, tee off on our private golf...

The best Northern Pike fishing is found right here just waiting for you to enjoy. Come fish and explore this isolated area of wilderness and beauty. Here you will find huge Northern Pike, as well as...

Located in the rugged unspoiled beauty of Canada's last wilderness, Watta Lake Lodge is truly a little paradise.  An all-inclusive fly-in wilderness lodge nestled on Beaulieau River at Watta Lake...

Yellow Dog Lodge is located between beautiful Duncan and Graham Lakes, only a 15 minute floatplane ride north east of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. The lodge features great sport...