Northern America is a hub for fishing enthusiasts and for a good reason. Canada in North America has one of the best places in the world that you can indulge in freshwater fishing expeditions. The country is filled to the brim with gorgeous lakes, rivers and streams that are overflowing with hundreds of varieties of fish. If you wish to go on a fishing expedition, then you should definitely consider fishing for a few of the unique types here at unique locations. Take, for example, Lake Athabasca.
The Size and Scale of The Lake
Lake Athabasca stands between northeast Alberta and Worth West Saskatchewan. Its gorgeous views and bountiful freshwater fish is a welcome sign for anyone, fishing enthusiast or not. Only 30% of the lake lies in Alerbta with a whopping 70% in Saskatchewan. It is by far the deepest and the largest of lakes in both places. Lake Athabasca is the eighth largest lake in Canada too. With a length of 300 Kms and a width of 50 Kilometers, it is one of the best places for some of the unique varieties of fish in all of Canada and North America. The panoramic views and the beauty of the scape is an added bonus. No roads are leading to the lake, and the location is relatively remote, making it perfect for fly-fishing here. If you are looking for a vacation by the lake and a fishing expedition, then this is the place as the fishing lodges offer just that.
The Varieties of Fish
Several species of fish live in the lake, and this makes for a perfect getaway. Northern pike, lake trouts, Arctic graylings and Giant Clouser minnows are some out of the 20 varieties available. The great thing about the lake is that, since it is remote and the depth favours the fish, the Pisceans are rather super-sized. Trophy fish are a common occurrence here. Many of the fish here weight well over 40lbs and is a fisherman’s dream. On record, the largest trout from the lake was captured by a commercial fisherman at 102lbs in the year 1961.
Preparing to Head to Lake Athabasca
If you wish to go fishing here, then you are going to need some gear that best suited for the size and variety of fish that grow here. You will want a good rod that has a good backbone and a bait cast reel with the right amount of drag power to aid in the capturing of big fish. You can bring your own gear, or you can rent one from the fishing lodges near the lake; same with the tackle and bait. Using a medium to light test monofilament line is suitable for the pikes and the graylings, while a braided line is best suited for the big trouts.
The bobbers you use should match the weight of the rod to ensure balance. Colourful bobbers are great too if you want to get the right fish. Considering the size of the lake, to be able to see the bobbers clearly, the colourful ones might be the best choice. Choosing live baits are also more recommended than choosing artificial ones. If you are looking for large fish, then live bait is the best. Look for pieces of bait that are as realistic as possible to lure your fish to your hook.