Big Brook Trout & Northern Pike Adventure
Season: June through July
The package price includes transportation from airport, floatplane trip to and from camp, 7 nights at camp, 6 days fishing, all meals and beverages and fishing license.
The package does not include: airfare to Goose Bay, Labrador, hotel and meals in Goose Bay, liquor and beverage needs, gratuities, and taxes.
Crooks Lake Lodge is located 60 miles southeast of Goose Bay, Labrador on the upper Eagle River watershed, south of the Mealy Mountains. The lake is 5 miles long with rivers and streams that offer consistent, high quality wild Brook Trout fishing and great fishing for Northern Pike. The Brookies range from 3-8 pounds with an average size of 5 pounds. The Northern Pike, which weigh up to 20 pounds, are plentiful.
Most fishing is done in the rivers and streams with dry fly equipment. Light spinning gear may be used with barbless hooks. Catch and release is encouraged. Boats and motors are provided with one guide for every two fishermen.
Accommodations are available at Crooks Lake Lodge and are accessible by 60-mile float plane flight from Goose Bay. The Lodge can accommodate 6 guests per week. The main lodge overlooks the lake and consists of a kitchen, dining and lounge area, three double bedrooms and a screened in sun porch. There are two full bathrooms, each with hot showers. Generated electricity, refrigeration and user pay satellite telephone are provided.
Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
Sometimes called the eastern brook trout or squaretail is a species of fish in the salmon family (Salmoniformes). Though commonly called a trout, the brook trout is actually a char along with lake trout, Dolly Varden, and the Arctic char. The Brook Trout is native to the many rivers and lakes in Labrador. They prefer temperatures from 57-60 degrees F. Color variations include green to brown base with a marbled pattern of lighter shades. There is a distinctive sprinkling of red dots, surrounded by blue halos on their sides. The belly and lower fins are reddish in color and the belly of the male becomes very red or orange when the fish are spawning. The tail fin is square or rarely slightly forked, hence the name squaretail.
At Crooks Lake, the Brook Trout fishing is truly trophy Brook Trout fishing with an impressive range in weight from 3-8 pounds, occasionally larger, with an average size of 5 pounds. They feed voraciously on the abundant insects. Hatches of mayflies, stoneflies,or caddisflies can occur anytime, and when they do, you had better be ready! Depending on the time frame, anglers should also bring an assortment of wooly buggers, and saltwater deceivers. Later in the season at Crooks Lake, when the hatches taper off and the fish start to stage for spawning, a popular fly is the "shaving brush". It is a big spun caribou or deer hair popper with a blunt end that pops as you retrieve it in short jerks. The more noise the better. Apparently the fly mimics a lemming or a vole, both of which are plentiful. The brook trout don't love this fly, they hate it, and prove it by smashing at it with a vengeance, often coming a foot out of water when they hit!
Known for their savage strikes, Northern Pike of 20 pounds and more, provide a secondary challenge for fly fishers who choose to take them on light tackle. Typically found in the shallower weedy areas of the watershed, these fish are the Barracuda of the North, feeding on anything that swims, including voles, duckling, and even trout. For Northern Pike fishing, anglers are well advised to bring wire tippets as their surgical scalpel-like teeth will slice through monofilament like a knife through butter. They love mice patterns, but will also explode on big poppers and large saltwater streamer patterns.