Fishing in the Yukon Territory
The discovery of yellow gold by Skookum Jim Mason, Tagish Charlie, and George Carmack, started the first stampede of outsiders into the Yukon Territory. The trio made their discovery in 1896 on Rabbit Creek, not far from the sleepy little northern town of Dawson City. By the spring of 1897, news had spread, and the gold rush was on. The great gold rush branded the Yukon Territory forever. Thousands of tourists make the long pilgrimage north up the Alcan highway each summer. The Klondike gold fields top the list of attractions for most, but an informed few come to fish. With a land mass larger than Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands combined, fishing in the Yukon Territory is as good as it gets. Anywhere.
Favorite Yukon Fish Species
From large lakes with hundreds of miles of shoreline to small mountain streams the Yukon is truly an angler’s paradise. The list of game fish that are found in Yukon waters reads like a who’s who list of the most sought after fresh water species on the planet. Here at Grizzly Creek Lodge our clients can target the top tier of this list. Hard fighting lake trout, huge northern pike, and the beautiful arctic grayling are all available within a stone’s throw of the dock.
Travel Options to the Yukon Territory
During the great gold rush in the late 1800s, fortune seekers from around the world encountered incredible hardships on the long journey to the Klondike. Most didn’t make it. Severe weather, wild rivers, and rugged mountain passes proved too much for most of the newcomers. Luckily todays anglers have it much easier. Both Air Canada, and Air North offer multiple flights every week into Whitehorse, the Territories capitol city. Short non-stop flights from Edmonton, Calgary, or Vancouver allow travellers to access the Territory in just a few short hours. Anglers can choose to sample some of the local fishing around Whitehorse, or head into the backcountry for the serious stuff. Alkan Air offers a scheduled flight three times a week from Whitehorse to Watson Lake. Watson Lake is a picturesque little town in the remote southeast corner of the Territory. A short 45-minute float plane flight northeast of Watson Lake will get you to Grizzly Creek Lodge. Like an oasis in the wilderness, Grizzly Creek Lodge has the honor of being the only lodge in this remote region. Fishing in Canada’s Yukon Territory is fishing at its finest. Every day is an adventure in the ‘land of the midnight sun.’