Great Fishing & Bird Viewing

5 GREAT REASONS it’s been a Unforgettable Summer!
Reason 1
Big fish and no sign of slowing down as we approach the Lake Trout spawn “Hogfest”.



Reason 2
Fishing at the top of the world on the oldest rocks in the world.
The Barrenlands is Nirvana of Canada’s north. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.




Reason 3
Land of the never ending sun
Is a natural phenomenon that occurs where the summer sun can have 22 plus hours of daylight.


Reason 4
Arctic peregrine falcon babies
Come see the arctic peregrine falcon babies, bring your camera as they are very cute. These falcon have reached speeds of over 200 miles an hour on their dives.


Reason 5
Fantastic food
Guests just cant get enough of the cuisine, from home cooked meals and desserts to homemade bread and buns.




Aylmer Lake Lodge Fishing Report July 23, 2017



Photo courteous of guide Nathan Dahl.

The weather conditions have been extremely variable-fishing is getting better as the weather does.
The wind was a challenge this last week, that wind stacked the bait up against shoreline, and the lake trout have been biting. The bay that we fished in had a Long Tail Jaegers following our T-60 plugs.


Photo courteous of Francis Lessard.



Sundown on Rocknest Bay, Aylmer Lake. Photo: Kevin McNeil

When it comes to certain daily activities – such as fishing – we provide each guest with high quality protective equipment such as personal flotation devices, padded cushion seats in the boats. We recommend bringing a small dry day pack that has a waterproof cover and a waterproof bag or protection for your camera. You may also wish to bring some optional gear depending on your interest level in different activities. Each day – depending on expected weather conditions and interests of guests – we will present a couple of experiences that we wish to offer you. You can choose the experience that resonates most with you. Activities may include fishing for huge lake trout, hiking, photography safaris, boating, and canoeing. You may wish to bring along more personal gear such as extra camera batteries, extra memory cards, binoculars, fishing waders and boots, fishing rod or flies/lures, and a waterproof camera or GoPro camera (with float). We welcome you to share with us your expectations and interests for your time at Aylmer Lake Lodge. We are committed to exceeding your expectations making your experience as unforgettable as possible!

Clothing you should pack for your arctic trip. When considering the layering system that works for you, it’s important to consider a few things:

the temperature ranges from -2°C (28°F) to +30°C (88°F) during the summer
the weather can vary including wind and rain. Snow usually does not return until October.
there is little to no shelter out on the tundra.
The good news is, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing!”

Our boats return home after a long day of exploring on Aylmer Lake . Photo: Kevin McNeil

We all have unique experiences when it comes to cold weather. Some of us are furnaces, while others are chilly pretty much all of the time. The key is knowing yourself and how you react to the cold. Do you find enduring cold weather a challenge? When looking at merino base layers and insulating down or synthetic mid-layers, choose a heavier fabric or higher loft or fill power. In contrast, if you are a person who gets warm or hot quickly while moving, consider lighter, wicking fabrics. Ultimately, having three or more layers is the key, because you can take off layers gradually as you get warmer, regulating your temperature.

It is imperative that you bring with you waterproof outer layers, as rain doesn’t discourage us from getting outside! The boats that we use to cross Aylmer Lake are open boats so you will have spray on windy days, but even when boating, we will spend time on the land hiking to beautiful panoramic lookouts or to get closer to the migrating caribou, muskox. Along with waterproof outer layers, we recommend comfortable rubber boots. We all wear and love the neoprene/rubber Muck Boots – They are great for getting in and out of the boats. You should also bring hiking boots/shoes as you may find them less cumbersome for longer hikes where we are not expecting to encounter much water.

Other important items you should bring include:
lip balm
waterproof jacket
Floater jackets are great for the boats
waterproof pants
comfortable/casual clothes for meals and relaxing around the lodge
base layers (we recommend merino wool)
mid layers (fleece or wool)
insulating layers (down/synthetic down jacket or vest)
waterproof gloves (or mitts)
toque (warm hat)
hiking pants
warm socks and socks for hiking
Muck boots
hiking boots
comfortable slippers for around the lodge
personal items and toiletries
*Important: Please refer to the pre-expedition documents you have received for a more detailed packing list.

Big Fish

A must have while traveling to wild and far-flung places, is a journal. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish – just a place to jot down thoughts, feelings and observations, to record plant and animal names and to describe our incredible surroundings.

For further assistance in preparing for Aylmer Lake Lodge, we invite you to check out the Adventure page of our website, where a gear list and frequently asked questions can help you with your trip preparation.

Fishing Friends in The Arctic

One of the coolest things about lake trout fishing on the barren-lands of wild Northwest Territories? It is the seclusion of being the only boat on a lake or river all by your self with only your thoughts to pass by the time, but don’t forget that tug of the rod it brings you back to reality. Many fisherman it is about the journey and the friends that are there with them on this fishing journey.
For most it is about conversation that you have, the stories that are re-lived again, the smiles and expression on your friends faces when they know you are telling a fishing story, these build lasting memories of a great friendships through fishing for lake trout in the wilds of the Northwest Territories

Fishing Lodges are for Making Memories

There’s just something wonderful about getting a group of family or friends together in a isolated location, and there’s something about cabin decks themselves that imply both honor and fun. When you go to the cabin, you’re going to have a good time. What a gorgeous morning at Aylmer Lake Lodge! Sitting on the deck in the early am with a cup of hot coffee at the fishing lodge, over looking barren-lands of Rocknest Bay. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A Smile Says It All

Well the last week has been very busy opening up the camp, getting some lodge and cabin maintenance done, boats ready for excited clients that are coming for a yearly lifetime fishing trip with family and friends. We decided to take some time to go fishing. Nathan hooked into a great lake trout within the first 20 minutes of fishing.image

The First Week at Aylmer Lake.


Aylmer Lake Lodge, Northwest Territories Arctic Fishing Destination.

Well we flew in on Saturday July 8, as the ice have just broke up a few days beforehand, and now have the lodge up and running with 4 boats in the water.  The weather was great the first 3 days and now we have a very strong east wind with lots of rain.
Aylmer Lake Lodge has been exceeding anglers’ expectations since we took over 4 years ago. As the only fishing and eco-tourism lodge in the heart of the barrenlands in the Northwest Territories, we offer the ultimate float plane fly-in fishing experience for lake trout and arctic grayling.  We are located on Aylmer Lake and Clinton-Colden Lake a world class fisheries for arctic grayling and lake trout. We are located 230 miles north east of Yellowknife, these lakes remain two of the most exclusive fishing destinations in the NWT.