The gray world awaits—a chiaroscuro of gunmetal skies, charcoal water, and dappled submarines. I’ve been fortunate enough to chase lake trout from the Yukon to Labrador and from Colorado to the Arctic Sea, always hunting for another shot at a 50 pounder. Trolling spoons, fly fishing with big synthetic flies, pitching plastics, casting swimbaits—there are as many methods for lake trout as there are tactics for bass, pike, or anything else. The best method is the one catching the most and biggest fish, in my opinion. Every environment distills its own unique methods out of its signature blend of baitfish, structure, water clarity, and latitude. Developing tactics designed to complement the specific and unique character of the water is what it’s all about. The following waters offer the best laker fishing on earth right now, in my opinion. (Could be wrong, but I doubt it.) And right now is the time to call one of the following venues to set up the trip of a lifetime.
- <h2>Great Slave Lake (Northwest Territories)</h2>Great Slave is about the size of Lake Erie. It's huge, but the Plummer's lodge is on a long northern arm of the lake, allowing you to get out on the water almost every day. I watched a man haul in a 54 pounder here, the biggest I've ever seen respond to a vertical-jigging technique. If that's your favorite method, this is the place to be. We caught several fish over 30 pounds dropping jigs to bottom and reeling them quickly back toward the surface. Sometimes bulging gray predators would follow right up into the surface film and throw water over everyone on board. This is an exciting fishery in a gorgeous wilderness setting. Contact: Plummer's Arctic Lodges 800/665-0240