Great Bear Lake: August in the Arctic Circle

Great Bear Lake: August in the Arctic Circle

Jack London wrote – “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” For me a man of the modern age and one who lives and works in one of the largest metropolitans on the planet, Los Angeles, I truly understand this notion. The ability to escape modern life and commune with nature is truly therapeutic; it balances me and makes me feel so very alive! 

I have fished in many places and by far the trek that truly represents a great escape, and remote angling is a self-guided Great Bear Lake Arctic Circle Lodge trip with Plummer’s Northwest Territories Canada.

Join Team BBZ as we explore this remote region on a self-guided adventure fishing the pristine waters of Great Bear Lake.  Depending on where you choose to go you might find yourself in a place where no-one has ever wet a fishing line before!

After departing from Los Angeles, this is the third plane we’ve boarded in two days. Yellow Knife Northwest Territories Canada.

After departing from Los Angeles, this is the third plane we’ve boarded in two days. Yellow Knife Northwest Territories Canada.

Looking down from the plane at the primary Plummer’s Lodge.

Looking down from the plane at the primary Plummer’s Lodge.

We are landing on a dirt runway on a peninsula near the main lodge.

We are landing on a dirt runway on a peninsula near the main lodge.

Welcome

Welcome

One more plane ride and we will be at our destination. 

One more plane ride and we will be at our destination. 

Let’s go the fish are waiting.

Let’s go the fish are waiting.

Our Float Plane Pilot. He looks experienced. 

Our Float Plane Pilot. He looks experienced. 

Here is our ‘Gang'. Left to the rear is Terry Tuttle AKA The Closer, Donny Payne, and Chuck Bucher. On the right needing, no introduction is Mr. BBZ and sitting in front of Bill Siemantel is our charter captain Tim Tuttle. Why does everybody have snake eyes or shades, ha ha ha? We are on the happy airplane!

Here is our ‘Gang'. Left to the rear is Terry Tuttle AKA The Closer, Donny Payne, and Chuck Bucher. On the right needing, no introduction is Mr. BBZ and sitting in front of Bill Siemantel is our charter captain Tim Tuttle. Why does everybody have snake eyes or shades, ha ha ha? We are on the happy airplane!

A shot of the area on this 45-minute float plane ride from Plummer’s  Main Lodge to the Arctic Circle Lodge.

A shot of the area on this 45-minute float plane ride from Plummer’s  Main Lodge to the Arctic Circle Lodge.

Passing over the Arctic Circle Lodge just before landing.

Passing over the Arctic Circle Lodge just before landing.

Touching down and unloading, let’s get this party started.

Touching down and unloading, let’s get this party started.

The ‘Gang’ converges at a narrow channel just before entering the main lake adjacent to Hogarth Island.

The ‘Gang’ converges at a narrow channel just before entering the main lake adjacent to Hogarth Island.

A long tapering point is descending into the depths of Great Bear’s blue water. This is just like bass fishing.

A long tapering point is descending into the depths of Great Bear’s blue water. This is just like bass fishing.

Bill is doing what he does best, getting things started.

Bill is doing what he does best, getting things started.

The structure elements here are as varied as they are beautiful.

The structure elements here are as varied as they are beautiful.

Eppinger Husky Devle spoons, both casting and trolling, are a prime player here.

Eppinger Husky Devle spoons, both casting and trolling, are a prime player here.

A ridge line off shore in the back of an extended cove. Multiple funnels  and shadow lines beginning to emerge.

A ridge line off shore in the back of an extended cove. Multiple funnels  and shadow lines beginning to emerge.

We hit the lighting just right for this Laker photo. Nice work Bill.

We hit the lighting just right for this Laker photo. Nice work Bill.

Midnight, Great Bear will gift you with astonishing sunsets.

Midnight, Great Bear will gift you with astonishing sunsets.

A room with a view. 

A room with a view. 

The light and how the sun works here is incredible. This shot was taken around 11:30 pm. 

The light and how the sun works here is incredible. This shot was taken around 11:30 pm. 

Each night around midnight the sun drops just below the horizon. It stays very close to the horizon for about four hours and then begins to rise in the sky again. 20 hours of daylight and 4 hours of dusk allows for a lot of time on the water when you take the self-guided package at the Arctic Circle Lodge. More time on the water is an excellent thing!


Entering a shallow water bay seeking some Pike action.

Entering a shallow water bay seeking some Pike action.

Bill with a super nice Pike caught from a warmer inlet with a shallow pond off of the MacAlpine Channel.

Bill with a super nice Pike caught from a warmer inlet with a shallow pond off of the MacAlpine Channel.

More Pike Hunting. 

More Pike Hunting. 

Another hefty Pike.

Another hefty Pike.

A mother moose and her calf swimming across a creek channel. 

A mother moose and her calf swimming across a creek channel. 

Shoreline structure elements on the MacAlpine Channel.

Shoreline structure elements on the MacAlpine Channel.

Trolling rugged shoreline on Hogarth Island. Behind us is miles and miles of open water on this ocean-sized lake.

Trolling rugged shoreline on Hogarth Island. Behind us is miles and miles of open water on this ocean-sized lake.

A vertical garden on a bluff wall point near Broadway Island.

A vertical garden on a bluff wall point near Broadway Island.

Another major player here was the Tiger Tube. This 8" giant tube when applied to effective techniques is an amazing big bait. 

Another major player here was the Tiger Tube. This 8" giant tube when applied to effective techniques is an amazing big bait. 

Rouge Seagulls

Rouge Seagulls

A cool photo of Bill with another stout Laker.

A cool photo of Bill with another stout Laker.

The landscape at the Arctic Circle Lodge is spectacular. 

The landscape at the Arctic Circle Lodge is spectacular. 

Say hello to the ‘Beast’. 52 pounds of Great Bear Lake Trout. 

Say hello to the ‘Beast’. 52 pounds of Great Bear Lake Trout. 

While casting a spoon, this huge girl followed the lure all the way to the boat. I immediately initiated a figure eight maneuver. She went for it, slamming into the side of the boat as she leaped onto the Husky Delve. The hook was set and the battle was on!

As you can see,  this is an outstanding place. Plummer’s offers a remarkable range of packages at several different camps. I'd like to say hats off to our charter captain for arranging this self-guided program at the Arctic Circle Lodge. Spectacular scenery coupled with fantastic angling in a remote location who wouldn’t love to fish here?

For more information about the spectacular destinations with Plummer’s Lodges visit  http://www.plummerslodges.com/

Thanks for joining us. 

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