Sport fishing is a challenging, exciting opportunity for anglers to make a memorable catch. With an increase in guided tours and charters, it’s also not just for professionals. No matter your experience, you can have a thrilling afternoon on the water without worrying about your skill level or buying costly gear.

However, if it’s your first time booking a charter, the last thing you want to do is feel unprepared for an adventure on the open water. So, how should you prepare for a day of exciting fishing?

In this article, Yellowknife Sportfishing Adventures’s experts dive deep into the world of sport fishing charters and break down what an average day might look like. We discuss the best way to prepare for a tour, highlight the best time of year to book a charter, and shed some light on the experience as a whole.

Sport Fishing Charters vs. Regular Fishing – What’s the Difference?

Before we jump into our prep guide, it’s essential to clarify the distinction between a sport fishing charter and conventional fishing.

A sport fishing charter is a professional, guided experience that usually takes place on larger bodies of water and includes top-of-the-line gear and equipment to help you catch a specific type of fish.

Whereas regular fishing might be a small activity at a local pond, a sport fishing excursion requires licensing and gives you access to advanced gear. It will bring you to deeper, more challenging, but more productive fishing waters.

When Should You Schedule a Recreational Fishing Charter?

If you have your mind set on catching a specific fish species, it’s vital to do your due diligence before scheduling a charter. The sport fishing season in the Northwest Territories typically runs from May to September, but there will be optimal periods that will increase the odds of success during your adventure.

Three of the most popular sports fishing targets in Northern Canada are Lake Trout, Northern Pike, and Arctic Grayling. If you’re interested in testing your prowess and trying to catch these species, you should adhere to the following scheduling suggestions and check government websites for updates and warnings:

  • Lake Trout: Peak fishing for large Lake Trout occurs during the pre-spawn period, which is typically in late August and early September.
  • Northern Pike: Northern Pike can be caught throughout the entire season, but June or July are often considered the optimal months.
  • Arctic Grayling: Arctic Grayling fishing is typically most successful from June through August, with a peak around early July.

Before You Board: Getting Prepared

Once you’ve settled on a date and found a reputable company for your charter, you need to prepare your gear and secure all necessary documentation and permissions. Make sure you consult with your charter company in advance so you are aware of any deadlines to apply for licenses and local permits.

The last thing you want to do is find out you’ve broken laws or potentially caused harm to local ecosystems and species. Taking the time to learn about fishing regulations is essential before you get on the water.

What to Pack for Your Next Fishing Adventure

If you’ve found a reputable team to help you plan a sport fishing adventure, you likely won’t have to bring your fishing equipment. You’ll need to secure your permits and pay your own gratuities, but you should also be prepared for a long day on the water and bring supplies to keep you and your companions comfortable on your journey.

At a minimum, we recommend that you bring the following:

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Warm clothing and layers
  • Water-resistant shoes/boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti-nausea supplies
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • A camera
  • Water-resistant storage container/backpack

What Does Your Fishing Tour Provide?

Any recreational fishing tour should provide basic amenities and state-of-the-art fishing equipment to ensure a productive, enjoyable day. In addition to taking you out on a well-maintained fishing boat operated by a knowledgeable captain and crew, you should expect them to supply you with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and top-quality safety gear.

The charter crew will take you to optimal spots and can set up the equipment to help you catch a trophy fish. Whether you want to catch and release or take your prize home, your fishing guides will walk you through the protocols for reporting the catch.

Even if you don’t haul in a 30-pound Northern Pike, you’ll have a fun, memorable day out on the water surrounded by the natural beauty of your surroundings.

Post-Charter: Cleaning, Storage, and Trophies

If you were fortunate enough to bag a prize fish and want to bring it home as a trophy, your charter crew will help. From weighing your catch to helping you clean and store it safely, you should get the same level of support after your charter as when you were on the water.

Experienced Fishing Charter Companies Go Above and Beyond

Investing in a sports fishing charter can be significant, so you deserve to get the most out of your day. You should look for a company with a service-oriented approach that prioritizes your needs and helps you scope out the best location for your catch.

The best fishing charter companies understand this and do everything possible to create a memorable experience for you. They should be proficient at navigating local waters, knowledgeable about the best fishing locations, and passionate about delivering high-quality services to their guests.

You’ll be able to have an incredible experience, regardless of your success in catching a trophy fish.

Schedule a Recreational Fishing Tour With Yellowknife Sportfishing Adventures Today

At Yellowknife Sportfishing Adventures, we’ve been in the business of sport fishing charters and tours for years. Our enthusiastic team members will tirelessly support you and help you build lasting memories with your friends or family.

We’re local fishing experts and outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about our work and have a proven track record of friendly service.

Get in touch with us at (867) 447-4868 to learn more about our charters, and reserve a tour today.