The sport of fishing just may be THE most relaxing, calming and tranquil activity ever discovered by mankind, on the other hand it may just be the most frustrating, humbling, and nerve racking experience a person should ever have to endure. This Fish’n Canada episode’s location has the potential of being both. Who could argue that the Rocky Mountains and the many lakes nestled in their valleys offer some of the most spectacular vistas on earth. If you can’t find inner peace here, chances are you’ll never find it anywhere.
On the other hand, the last time they visited these parts, Angelo experienced the highest of highs as he witnessed his grandson Nik catch the biggest fish of his young life, and then the lowest of lows as mother nature decided to serve Ang up a helping of humble pie. Between fish pulling free, breaking off, and any other mishap that could happen, it was the most frustrating fishing he’d had in a long time.
Those big Lakers had his number! So, on this shoot, he’s looking for some redemption, that’s why this time he brought his lucky charm… Pete!
Shortly after touchdown at the Fort Nelson airport, Ang and Pete boarded a shuttle bus and started their venture along the Alaska Highway, which incidentally is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary during this 2017 shoot. This is one of the most spectacular drives they’ve ever been on. The winding pavement cutting through hulking mountains rising from the ground is worth the price of admission alone. However, add to that the vast array of wildlife encounters that seem to be around every corner, turning the 2 hour drive into 3, but ultimately feels like about 30 minutes.
Long Mountain Lake is unique in that it is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, has no road access, and it harbours Lake Trout as well as Grayling. Although at first this doesn’t sound unique, remember it’s located in BC… home of the Sturgeon, Kokanee, Kamloops, Halibut etc., etc. Until that first trip with Nik, the boys had no idea Lakers existed in British Columbia!
“This trip on Long Mountain” says Pete “is a whole lot different from Ang and Nik’s previous fishing adventure, in that we are now faced with mid summer conditions, meaning different water temperatures, different baitfish movements, different light penetration, and so on.”
Angelo continues, “My biggest concern is… will the Lakers still be using the same hotspot as the last time?!”
The flight in from Northern Rockies Lodge to Long Mountain Lake is nothing short of breath taking. From start to finish, it’s the most spectacular traverse to a fishing location that an angler will ever have. And if fishing’s not your game, the lodge offers flight adventure tours that we guarantee will blow your mind!
The boys started with a trolling pass from one of the small, yet very fishable rigs (Princecraft boat and Mercury fourstroke). The lodge had this hidden in the surrounding thick forest, almost directly from the area where the plane dropped them off. They headed straight towards Ang’s hotspot from last year. On that first pass, all the boys could muster up were a couple of small Lake Trout… “I hope this isn’t an indication of things to come” says Ang “Nik and I didn’t see a fish this small last time!”
Finding the Mother Load
It didn’t take long for the boys to finally figure out where the giants were. With Angelo’s recollection from the last trip, along with some extremely helpful assistance from the boys Garmin sonar/GPS combo unit (in a Portable Kit), the boys started to lay a beatin’ on the big Lakers.
“The beauty of using modern day fishing electronics” Ang says “is having the ability to return EXACTLY to the same areas that have produced fish in the past. The problem is, the fish don’t care about all your fancy gear, if they ain’t there, they ain’t there.”
Fortunately for the boys, their electronics didn’t let them down. Ang and Nik’s hotspot from last year was chocked full of big trout.
Pete and Ang have found that trolling and downrigging seem to be their best presentation for big Lake Trout, while vertical jigging spoons, bucktail, and tube jigs can clean up on numbers of fish.
Lately though, they’ve been doing really well jigging, or simply steady reeling big weighted swimbaits for numbers as well as size.
Drop one of these suckers into a Lakers wheelhouse and hang on…
The Lake Trout in Long Mountain are natural fish, with no stocking having been done by the British Columbia fisheries department. In fact, quite a few lakes in Northern BC harbour natural, reproducing Lake Trout.
“Well as I pretty much figured” concludes Ang “Long Mountain Lake didn’t disappoint. I’m pretty sure Pete had a hoot on this crazy adventure and as for me… well let’s just say that redemption feels sweet. All that’s left now is another spectacular plane ride through the Rockies, to our home of pure luxury nestled in the middle of the boonies.”
If you’re looking for the ultimate in adventure, check out Northern Rockies Lodge, it’s guaranteed to satisfy!
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s amazing fishing adventure, Ang and I flew from Toronto to Vancouver. From there, we took our next flight to Prince George, and then hopped onto another plane to Fort Nelson. The remainder of the trip was a drive along the scenic, and now 75 year old, Alaska HWY, to milepost 462 at Northern Rockies Lodge on the shores of Muncho Lake.
This 5-star facility is nothing short of breath taking. Along with fly-in fishing, they offer aerial sight seeing tours, wildlife tours, mountain hiking, and the list goes on and on… they even have access to their own natural hot spring; a great way to end an adventurous fishing day!