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 you’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 don’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. I’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, we’ve assembled a collection of 10 top destinations. With so much water to cover, however, we simply couldn’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 fish—and trip—of a lifetime.
- <h2>Lake Athabasca </h2>Canada’s eighth-largest lake, Athabasca stretches more than 230 miles across Saskatchewan and Alberta. With large connected rivers and expansive weedflats, it’s known for lunker lake trout but holds monster pike as well. It produced a 42-pound, 12-ounce Canadian record in 1954, and continues to provide some of the finest trophy potential on the planet. <a href="http://lakersunlimited.com/fishing.htm"target="_blank">lakersunlimited.com</a>