Located 60 miles southeast of Goose Bay, Labrador, sits Crooks Lake Lodge, home to some of the finest Brook Trout and Northern Pike fishing in the world. The lodge's remote location in the Upper Eagle River drainage makes it accessible only by float plane. Here, anglers will have unparalleled boat and walk/wade access to the vast lakes and streams of the watershed, providing fantastic opportunities for plump Brookies and aggressive Pike. The cozy lodge features comfortable accommodations, hearty meals, and seasoned guides.
Who It’s For
When To Go
The short fishing season at Crooks Lake Lodge runs eight weeks, from June through July. The early weeks are known for unpressured fish and excellent streamer fishing for Brook Trout and Pike. As June progresses, so do the Mayfly hatches, offering some of the best dry fly action of the season on emergers, duns, and cripples. By early July, the caddis hatches are in full swing, and evening dry fly sessions can be extremely productive for trophy Brookies. The final weeks of the season see diminished hatches but fantastic streamer opportunities in the streams and lakes of the region.
The Upper Eagle River watershed is home to dense populations of wild, trophy brook trout ranging in size from 2 - 8 lbs, with an average fish of about 4 lbs. These beautiful trout have all the necessary ingredients for significant growth: ample food in the form of aquatic and terrestrial insects, clean, cold water, and abundant structured habitat within the lake and tributary ecosystems. Additionally, the fishery’s numerous streams provide an ideal spawning habitat with zero fishing pressure during the fall, ensuring the successful spawning of these wild fish. Without question, the Crooks Lake fishery is one of the best places on Earth to consistently find wild, trophy-sized Brook Trout.
Known for their aggressive strikes, the Northern Pike of the Upper Eagle River fishery are plentiful and energetic. Fish here can grow to over 20 pounds, feeding on large morsels such as mice, lemmings, voles, ducklings, and trout. Anglers typically target Pike in shallow grass beds using poppers, mice, or streamers with 9-weight rods and wire-bite tippets. Few angling experiences compare to watching massive pike explode on big mouse patterns!
Successful fishing at Crooks Lake Lodge requires a few rods with matching reels: a 9’ 5wt for dry flies, a 9’ 6/7wt for nymphing and streamers, and a 9’ 8/9wt for Northern Pike. Your guides will assist in rigging your equipment for the day’s fishing. We recommend adhering to the packing and equipment lists provided by Trident.
Day 1: From Home to Goose Bay, Labrador
A week-long trip at Crooks Lake Lodge typically begins with a flight to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador (YYR). Once you’ve arrived in Goose Bay, a Crooks Lake Lodge representative will drive you to their bunkhouse, where you will stay for one night.
Day 2: From Goose Bay to Crooks Lake Lodge
The next morning, you’ll board a floatplane for a short 60-mile flight from Goose Bay to Crooks Lake Lodge. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll prepare your fishing gear before heading out with your guide for a half-day of fishing.
Days 3 - 7: The Fishing Days
Fishing days start with a full breakfast before heading out with your guide for the day. Hearty cooler lunches are packed by your guide each day, allowing you to eat and relax on the water. Following an afternoon fishing session, you’ll return to the lodge to unwind and enjoy a wonderful home-cooked meal. After dinner, you can enjoy fine cocktails and stories with friends, or retire early to prepare for the next day’s adventure.
Day 8: From Crooks Lake Lodge to Goose Bay
After your week of fishing, you’ll enjoy breakfast before boarding your short flight back to Goose Bay, Labrador. Once you’ve arrived in Goose Bay, a Crooks Lake Lodge representative will drive you to the Bunkhouse, where you’ll spend one night.
Day 9: From Goose Bay to Home
On the final morning of your trip, a Crooks Lake Lodge representative will drive you from the Bunkhouse to the Happy-Valley Goose Bay airport (YYR), where you’ll board your flight back to your home destination.
Crooks Lake Lodge features three comfortable double occupancy rooms. Angler capacity is limited to 6 rods per week, resulting in an intimate and relaxing lodging experience. Each room features two single beds, a hot shower, and clothing/gear storage.
The Lodge features a comfortable living room connected to a homey dining room. The lodge also features a screened sun porch overlooking the lake and the surrounding river valley.
The food at Crooks Lake Lodge is hearty and nourishing, featuring fresh meats, salads and soups, and desserts. Meals typically include an early breakfast with strong coffee and tea, toast, eggs, and sausage or bacon. Depending on your fishing location for the day, wholesome lunches can be served on the water or at the lodge. Dinners include delicious steaks, roasts, or turkey, punctuated by delectable desserts and cocktails.
Complimentary WiFi is available in the lodge. Although it is generally a reliable service, it can be affected by adverse weather conditions. Cell service is generally not available in Goose Bay or at Crooks Lake Lodge.
2024 Fishing Packages
Trident Travel’s expert planning service is free of charge. The rates below are the same as you would pay by booking directly with the lodge.
All rates below are per person for six days of fishing. Rates and inclusions are subject to change at any time. Contact us for the most current pricing.
Double Occupancy (Per Person)
June - July, 2024 = $4,500
What's Not Included:
What skill level is required for this trip?
Crooks Lake Lodge offers something for everyone, from beginners to advanced anglers. No previous experience is required for this trip, although we highly recommend practicing your casting in the wind to get the most out of your experience.
How should I prepare for a week of fly fishing in Labrador?
Most importantly, you should practice casting, as accuracy and presentation are paramount in trout fishing. Also, purchasing the right gear, tackle, and clothing is important - use our recommended packing lists. You should think about your goals for the trip so that you can relay them to your guides. Lastly, figure out your travel logistics well in advance.
Is Crooks Lake Lodge Family Friendly?
Crooks Lake Lodge is best suited for solo anglers or fishing-oriented groups who want a quiet, intimate experience. Due to the remoteness of the lodge, there isn’t much else to do here other than fish and relax at the lodge.
How many other anglers will be there?
Angler capacity at Crooks Lake Lodge is limited to 6 rods per week, resulting in an intimate and personable lodging experience. The vast fishery surrounding the lodge ensures uncrowded fishing beats. Your partner angler, your guide, and the wildlife will be your only company on the water!
How does money work in Labrador?
The Canadian Dollar (CAD) is the official currency in Labrador. Although US Dollars are accepted by some vendors, credit cards are widely accepted. It is advisable to exchange some currency for Canadian Dollars. Please bring enough cash to cover gratuities, departure tax, & incidentals.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. We recommend Travel Guard, a well-established insurance company offering excellent, affordable policies for angling travel.
What kind of electrical outlets are there?
Electrical outlets are the same as in the U.S. - 110 Volt AC power.
What is the weather like?
The continental climate of Labrador offers cool summer temperatures with average highs in the 70s Fahrenheit and lows in the 50s. Weather conditions can change quickly, so anglers should plan to dress in layers to stay protected from sun, wind, and possible rain anytime during the season.
Is tipping customary?
Yes, tipping is customary although it is at your discretion. Tipping 15-20 % of your trip total per person is recommended. Please plan on tipping in cash.