And so, it was with high hopes of breaking personal bests and visualizing giant hooksets, that Keevin Erickson and I made the drive out to Baker’s Narrows Lodge one recent mid-October morning. Several bodies of water in the laker hotbed zone of The Pas to Flin Flon have a fall spawning closure. We timed our trip to this drive-to fishing destination to be able to head out the very first morning after it lifted on the designated areas of Lake Athapapuskow.
Athapap, as it is better known, is well regarded as one of the premiere lake trout lakes in Manitoba, and even all of Canada for that matter. Whether you’re after huge numbers, focused on trophy-class size, or looking for a multi-species Master Angler experience, this lake is definitely one that should be on your hit list. The kicker is that there isn’t even a specific time that you need to be up here as any point in the calendar, open or hard water, has a bite going on that is incredible.