In pressured pike waters across the Lower 48, your odds of catching a gator topping 20 pounds are only slightly better than your chances of actually collecting a dime from that email notification that youâ€™ve won $10 million in the Nigerian Lottery. A combination of overharvesting mid-size to large fish, habitat degradation, exotic species, and other factors have decimated big-fish numbers in once-notable waters.
The good news, however, is that you donâ€™t have to settle for 16-inch snot rockets. At least not on the kind of world-class pike fisheries found in Saskatchewan pike hotspots. Iâ€™ll never forget my first trip to legendary Wollaston Lake, where I broke the 44-inch barrier with the kind of gator that had eluded me during more than three decades of serious pike hunting south of the Canadian border.
Indeed, with nearly 100,000 lakes and countless river miles, the province provides incredible opportunities catching pike topping 40, even 50 inches. In fact, in 2008 Mirond Lake gave up a 47.5-pound, 55.5-inch provincial record big enough to swallow pike considered trophies in harder hit waters.
To help fuel your dreams and sift through the options, weâ€™ve assembled a collection of 10 top destinations. With so much water to cover, however, we simply couldnâ€™t touch them all. So be sure to check out resources such as the Tourism Saskatchewan website to check out lakes, lodges, and outfitters across the province. Then chart your course to the fishâ€”and tripâ€”of a lifetime.
Arctic Lodges: arcticlodges.com
Nordic Lodge: reindeerlake.com
Lawrence Bay: lawrencebay.com
Cheemo Lodge: cheemolodge.com
Tobin Lake Resort: tobinlakeresort.com