Located 300 miles north of Yellowknife, just within the Arctic Circle, Plummer’s Great Bear Lodge is arguably the most iconic lake trout lodge ever as well as the gateway to the Tree River and the largest arctic char in the world. Great Bear Lake is the 4th largest lake in North America and the largest lake entirely within Canada. It is home to four species of lake trout, and boasts the All Tackle World Records for lake trout and Arctic Grayling, as well as dozens of line class records. On a calm day you can see fish swimming 100 feet beneath you and with some of the cleanest water in the world guests have the pleasure of drinking directly from it. It is often said of Plummer’s that their guides never leave, but rather that they figure out how to come back, often for short cameos, because this lake and this lodge is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
In addition to fishing vast amounts of water directly from the lodge, Plummer has two turbine otters enabling anglers to fly more distant and seldom fished reaches of Great Bear Lake as well as taking the longer flight northeast to their rustic Tree River Camp. From here anglers access the rough and tumble flows of the crystal clear Tree River where the world’s largest sea-run arctic char return each season to spawn. This is a unique and challenging fishery with lots of hiking. While the majority of Plummer’s guests are conventional anglers, combining Great Bear Lodge with the Tree Camp is great fun for fly anglers and offers a unique trophy venue unlike any other. While the main lodge can take up to 44 anglers, they typically run about 35 guest per week. Do to their location being so far north, their season runs from July through August.
Tree River Camp: The Tree River Camp is a rustic wall-tent camp that is accessed by float plane from Plummer’s Lodge. While it can sleep upwards of 12 guests, they tend to keep occupancy to 12 or less. Most Plummer’s guests visit for a single overnight while serious fly anglers can arrange to spend 2-3 night there in combination with their time at the main lodge. The tents sleep four anglers per tent and have heat, electric lights and a plug in for charging. There are multiple outhouses, hot showers and a main dining building where meals are served. Much of the best fishing is located upstream of the lodge and anglers must be good hikers to reach these waters. Much of the fishing is short line pocket water fishing with weighted streamers. The fish can be over twenty pounds and are strong beautiful creatures. They can be tough to catch in direct sunlight and are often finicky late in the season when they are in peak spawning colors. The river and region are very spectacular and it is a unique and wonderful experience. The degree of fly fishing expertise varies greatly within the staff and in some instances the native community from whom the land is leased may elect to put their own guides in camp.
Location: Plummer"s Arctic Lodge is located within the Arctic Circle on Great Bear Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. Their Tree River camp is located northeast of the main lodge in Nunavut.
Fishing Program: Anglers tend to pair with one primary guide for their week. For fly anglers we make a special request to have fly fishing guides on hand as the vast majority of Plummer’s clients and guides focus on conventional fishing. At the main lodge guests meet their guides on the dock and head out for the day.On the Tree, anglers will hike out of camp, typically staying out all day. Good walking legs and a pack are a good idea.
Accommodations and Meals: Plummer's a large operation that can take over 45 guests but prefers to run with 35 anglers or less. Their main lodge is located on a peninsula in the northeast arm of Great Bear Lake. they have lots of lakefront cabins with multiple configurations. The accommodations are dated but comfortable and there is a large main building with a bar, pool table, living room and dining room. The Tree camp is very rustic and can sleep as many as 12 guests in wall tents. The tents sleep four anglers per tent and have heat, electric lights and a plug-in for charging. There are multiple outhouses, hot showers and a main dining building where meals are served. Meals in both the lodge and the camp are hearty and served family style.
Rates: Call for details
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, charter flight between Yellowknife and lodge, guided fishing, transfers on the rivers to various pools, GST.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Yellowknife, accommodations and meals in Yellowknife, alcoholic beverages and mix, fishing license, optional fly outs, staff and guide gratuities, equipment and tackle.
Species: Four species of lake trout, arctic grayling, sea-run arctic char
Season: July - August
Capacity: 36 anglers
Time: Mountain Standard Time