Yellow Dog Lodge at Pilote Point | Yellowknife Northwest Territories

This multi-activity fly-in fishing lodge is located only 15 minutes by floatplane northeast of Yellowknife between Duncan and Graham Lakes in the Northwest Territories of Canada. In the summer, the focus is fishing and the fishing here is simply spectacular. There is not a lot of fishing pressure and there are no other lodges on these lakes. Catch and release is encouraged, but a meal of small fish at a shore lunch is always popular. Northern pike and lake trout make up the majority of the quarry, but there are also opportunities for arctic grayling and whitefish. The northern pike grow large here and 48-50+ fish have been caught and released. In the early season you will find the largest pike cruising the shallow bays. This is prime time to target them and they readily take floating or shallow running lures and flies. There is nothing quite like sight fishing for large northern pike in clear shallow water. There are many shallow bays on both lakes as well as inlet streams that offer perfect habitat for large pike. The lake trout fishing is also great along the steep drops and boulder strewn bottoms throughout the season. The biggest lakers will be deeper in mid summer, but adding weight to deep running lures, spoons or crank baits while trolling will pay off. Also drifting and jigging over ledges or humps will produce savage strikes from trout and this is no time for daydreaming. Arctic Grayling can be caught in the channel between the Lakes and in the McRae River, so bring your ultra light or fly rod for these beautiful and aggressive fighting fish. The location of the lodge is simply stunning. Situated right in between a narrow channel that connects Duncan and Graham Lakes, surrounded by a dramatic landscape that is quite mountainous in appearance. The Canadian Shield here is elevated more than normal and very rugged. This adventure lodge offers more than just fishing. Canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking and wildlife watching are also available. The area has beautiful beaches, amazing views and plenty of water to play in so there is something for everyone. Later in the season when the days are shorter, the aurora borealis fills the night sky and bring dramatic closure to the day's fishing. Our hot tub is the best place to watch these spectacular light displays. Season: June to September Difficulty: Easy Accommodations: The lodge complex includes private rooms with private two piece washrooms, two full washrooms with showers in the main building, wood fired hot tub, wood fire sauna, sun decks, fully licensed lounge & dining facilities, karaoke, suround sound, satellite TV, internet & phone, book and video library and reading lounge. There are also two private cabins with wood stoves and a shower tent with continuous on demand hot water. A larger executive cabin with a 3 piece full bath, full kitchen and stereo satellite TV is available by advanced reservation. Requirements: Fishing gear, fishing license.( we have both at the lodge) Equipment Provided: Boats, motors, fuel, canoe, kayaks, paddle boats and safety equipment. Transportation: Trips begin and end in Yellowknife, NT. The only access in is by float plane. Packages include floatplane transfers from Yellowknife. Meal Information: Meals included. Shore lunch is always a highlight of every trip. Guide Information: These fishing trips are self guided. The lodge staff will instruct you in basic techniques, local tips and point out many locations that produce pike and lake trout. We recommend for the first time angler to the lakes a guide for a day or two to help you get onto the fish faster, they are available with advance notice and for an additional fee. Maximum Number of People: 24 (but we try to keep the lodge from 4 to 12) Suggested Items: Don’t forget your passport, camera, day pack, binoculars and insect repellent. Tackle suggestions for both pike and trout include spoons such as yellow/red 5 of diamonds, red devils, black devils, Williams’s wobblers and crank baits and plugs in a variety of colors and styles, such as rapalas and wrigglers. Trout also bite on 6 inch ciscoes with bait harness, Bait and lures are available at the lodge for a small fee. Medium action casting and trolling rigs will work, with 12-20 lb test line recommended. Steel leaders are a must for pike. An ultra light spinning rig or a fly rod is suitable at the creeks and rivers for grayling. Bring an assortment of small spinners, dark nymphs and terrestrial flies as well as dark 1/16 oz rubber jigs. Weather: Average summer temperatures are between 15 to 25 degrees Celsius but can drop to below 10 degrees Celsius. Suggested Clothing: Please bring a coat, long pants, shorts, t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, hat, hiking boots and rain gear for those infrequent rainy days. Bug jackets and bug hats recommended for June 15 to July 15.