Gods Lake in Manitoba, Canada was so named without a possessive apostrophe in error. While some controversy exists over the validity of this name, one thing is not controversial: Gods Lake and the river that drains it into the Hudson Bay is one of the most idyllic, preserved fisheries in North America. The lake is 1/3 the size of Rhode Island, and it was from a seven-mile-long island, Elk Island, that I was based for my expedition. We landed there on a gravel runway that used to be a working platform for the now-extinct mining settlement there. In the waters of Gods Lake trophy pike and lake trout thrive, but the most special aspect is the trophy brook trout fishing of Gods River.
A thirty minute float plane ride from Elk Island, Gods River is thronged with brookies that consistently top the 25″ mark. While this species’ population has been crippled in most of North America, here the deforestation and human impacts on the ecosystem that have decimated literally 95% of the wild brookie population on the continent is absent. Our guides skillfully navigated class III whitewater in our aluminum boats as Phil Shook and I angled for that once-in-a-lifetime catch. And we found it.
Read about this trip and the plight of the Eastern brook trout next year in FLY FISHERMAN magazine