Quick Mid-Season Fishing Report

August 21, 2017

The fishing on the Nestor Falls Fly-In outpost lakes is fantastic! You can’t beat it. To give you a good idea of what’s biting, I put together a quick round-up of notes from guests. Dave (and Jon) will have you more specific advice when you get to the base, but our “report” here might help, too!

Northern Pike:

The average Northerns look to be 28″-32″, with the largest up around 41″ or 42″. Bill Diedrich and his family released 7 Northerns over 34″, using plastic Ripple Shads & Pro Shads in 7-12 ft. of water.

The monsters are moving, too! The Turchin party released a 31″ Northern with 3/4 of its fin missing, and 4 hrs later caught it again 400 yards away.


We’re hearing about lots of Walleye being caught at 16″ or so, a great size for eating. The trophy Walleye are easily in the 24-28″ range, with a handful of real fat ones. Watch out – guests have been having very large Northern follow their Walleye up to the boat more often than usual. See if you can net ’em!

Lake Trout:

Ken Moe, a regular guest and friend of ours, told us the Lake Trout are at about 24″, with some nice 26-inchers in the mix. For now, you can find the Trout in deeper water, at least until they come up to spawn later in the season.

Birds & Wildlife:

Keep your eyes on the shore! Look for Black Bears walking at the water’s edge, and Moose of course. For one group, a trip to Cairns started out with seeing 3 moose on the flight in! They also saw 3 Caribou, including a cow with her calf. Lots of Bald Eagles, Mallard Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, and Loons too.


BONUS: Last August’s Report

Mike Gate is a pilot for Nestor Falls Fly-In Fishing, plus he runs a resort. Last August, he did a great video report  for Angling Buzz on the fishing here:

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