Northwest Territories Fishing Spots, Maps and Reports
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Types of Fish in Northwest Territories
The Northwest Territories is part of the 3 federal territories of Canada. The other 2 are Yukon and Nunavut. They are different from the Canadian provinces because they have a federal government unlike the provinces, which has more power, have to answer only to the Constitution Act.
Northwest Territory is nothing short of spectacular. It’s wild with miles of virgin territory and it is also one of the biggest challenges for any sport, angling included. The territory is a powerful, often rough land that pushes one to the limit. If you’re into extreme angling, make Northwest Territories your primary goal for your next fishing trip. The chances are high that you will not be disappointed.
The stories of anglers who have gone to Northwest Territories will have you salivating at the thought of an average char catch or 10 to 15 pounds or maybe even topping the world record for char of 32.9 pounds which took place in Tree River Camp in 1981!
Some interesting facts about The Tree are that it is limited to 250 guests a year staying there from July to August. The rule established by the Department of Fisheries and Ocean is that for a group only one fish is allowed to be kept for a meal or a maximum of only 350 fishes every season. This makes it possible for the department to preserve the char population.
A wonderful Canadian tradition is the shore lunch. This is fish caught in the morning and cooked for lunch right on the shores of Northwest Territories with side dishes of corn, potatoes, beans, or onions. And as you eat your delicious fish, you will get the urge to grab your equipment and catch more. In many rivers, waterfalls, and lakes in the Northwest Territories, the fish are easily visible from the shores. Why? They say there is nothing that can top a Northwest fish cooked within hours of being caught.
If it’s shore lunch you’re craving for, the fish you should try to catch are the trout, northern pike, Arctic char, and the all-time local favorites, the pickerel and the whitefish.
The options for extreme fishing in the Northwest Territories are winter ice fishing and fishing on the fast rivers in the Mackenzie Mountains. The Mackenzie River starts from the Arctic and flows through Canada making it the longest river system in the country. The section that passes through the Northwest Territories is mostly isolated and remote. For most of the river, the water is slow-paced and manageable except for the Territories where water levels can change dramatically and without much warning. Other rivers to go angling on extreme adventures are the Keele River, Liard River and the Natia River.
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