In all of Canada, Yukon is the hot spot for fishing. There are more resident anglers in this side of Canada than anywhere else. One reason for this is because nature is exploding all over, fishing regulations are easy to understand and follow, and facilities are available to anyone who wants try angling.
Yukon is the smallest of all 3 territories in Canada. It is known for having the highest mountain in the country, Mount Logan , which also happens to be the second highest in North America. Fishing used to be one of the territories major industries but commercial fishing has declined and taken over by recreational fishing. The main industries today are mining and tourism.
Live release fishing is one of the important things you need to know before fishing in Yukon. It is the similar as “catch and release” that is mandated in other provinces and territories as a conservation effort. In Yukon, the live release fishing is a mix of the First Nation tradition and modern conservation efforts whereby it is done voluntarily instead of forcibly. Also, females are released without question because the large females carry thousands of eggs and hold the key to keeping the waters plentiful.
Yukon authorities and experienced anglers have a guideline for new anglers to follow in protecting these female fishes and releasing them safely while protecting the eggs:
Use barbless hooks
Keep the fish in the water
Using long nose pliers, snag the hook and twist
If need be because the hook is embedded deep, cut your line
It is possible to take a photo even with this procedure by gently holding the fish with your wet hands horizontally. One hand goes under the belly and the other stays behind the gill cover. Does this now explain why some anglers seem to be bending over the boat to get a picture taken with their catch? It isn’t that it’s a fake catch but a live release in progress.
You may want to try the traditional method of fishing on Yukon. All you will need is a net for ice fishing and a reservation at a fishing camp. Historically, First Nation people would set their nets under the ice. You will be able to find outfitters in Yukon able to set you up for ice fishing which means you won’t need to lug around the ice saw or auger and other important tools.
There is a good variety of fish species in Yukon. They are:
Lake Trout – In Yukon, the lake trout grows from mid to large sizes and is a favorite among anglers. They don’t reproduce fast but they are easy to catch. The season for lake trout is from May to June. After that, the trout swims deeper and will require more effort to catch.
Arctic Grayling – This is a common Yukon fish which grows an average of 1 pound each. There have been several lucky anglers who have been able to catch a 3.5 pounder. You can find the Arctic Graylings in pools, creeks, and rivers. Use the spoons and small spinners to catch them. If you’re a beginner, this is one of the best species to start with.
Northern Pike – The Northern Pike can bite you so watch out for their sharp teeth. The average weight is about 15 to 20 pounds and they are challenging to land. You can find them in lakes, bays and lakes and most often at the shallow parts.
Other fish species in Yukon are the Whitefish, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, Rainbow, Burbot, Inconnu, and 4 different species of Salmon.
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