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Explore One of the Greatest Sport Fishing Destinations in the World

The Northwest Territories is recognized as one of the greatest sport fishing destinations in the world.  If you are an angler, we invite you to review the information below so you can have an enjoyable experience.

The Northwest Territories wilderness is both beautiful and unforgiving.  Even the most experience fisherman can find themselves in difficult and challenging situations.  Familiarize yourself with the information and guides below so you are prepared with appropriate personal and fishing documentation, and emergency requirements.

Nonacho Lake Fishing is a “catch and release” fishing camp on fish over 10 pounds.  For the first 6 years of lake trout’s life they grow at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per year. However, as they mature their growth rate slows, often to an inch or less per year beyond age 7 or 8.  Wherever self-sustaining populations of lake trout occur fishery management emphasizes protecting these wild fish resources.

Be sure to review the Fishing Regulations in the resources below to know your limit and size of lake trout fish that are perfect for savouring for shore lunch! Bon Appetit!

Visitor Requirements for CANADA'S Northwest Territories

Get all the information you need to prepare for your trip to Canada. The only thing left to do will be to decide what kind of adventure you want to embark on BEFORE or AFTER your Nonacho Lake fishing experience!


Whether you’re coming from abroad or are our neighbours from the south be sure to check out your visiting requirements and remember to bring your passports or other appropriate secure documents.
Visit the Northwest Territories Tourism Guide

Hay River, Northwest Territories

If your fishing trip takes you first to Hay River - the Hub of the North - you'll find a close knit community that will go above and beyond to make visitors feel welcome.


There’s lots to do, see and learn in Hay River. You can check out some of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls or just soak up the sun on the big, beautiful beaches of Great Slave Lake. Spend a day fishing, hunting or just enjoy the aboriginal culture with many local artist. Whatever the season you definitely will take home a “piece of the North”. Visit the Hay River Website for visitor information and download the Official Hay River Visitors Guide.

Northwest Territories Weather Conditions & Forecast by Locations

Get the weather forecast from the weather network for your north destination.


Despite the ever popular belief the North is cold, the Northwest Territories can have beautiful summers where residents line the beaches of the Great Slave Lake and soak up the beautiful hot sun.  Days can be long and beautiful with sunsets that are breath-taking.  Temperatures can reach into the 30’sC (86F – 90F) in the summer.  Explore the North but be sure to check the temperature before you head out.

Sport Fishing Regulations for NWT

Sport fishing is enjoyed by all residents and visitors alike however, be sure to follow the regulation of fishing licenses, daily catch and hook types, etc. Violations of renewable resource legislation are serious offences.


Sport fishing licences are available from ENR Offices, on line and several other locations. Know your daily limits and the fishing regulations. Be sure to visit the Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources website to review the information and download their NWT Sport Fishing Guide. It’s a great reference and guide for a successful fishing experience.

Visit Fort Smith, Northwest Territories - Unexpected and Unforgettable!

A vibrant city in the heart of the wilderness! Discover the midnight sun in the amenities of a city and the natural experiences found only in the North.

Fort Smith - World Renowned Dogsledding, Snowshoeing & Whitewater Kayaking

Whether you’re embarking on a long-haul NWT adventure or exploring the South Slave Region, Fort Smith is fully equipped to serve as the headquarters for any trip.  Nestled in the boreal forest along the banks of Slave River, Fort Smith is the gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest national park in Canada.  Fort Smith is the host and winning bid to the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.  Visit the Fort Smith website for more details.

Visit Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - the Aurora Capitol of North America!

A vibrant city in the heart of the wilderness! Discover the midnight sun in the amenities of a city and the natural experiences found only in the North.

Yellowknife - the capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada

You’re Nonacho Lake fishing experience will begin in the capital of the Northwest Territories and one of  the most vibrant, diverse communities in Canada’s North.  Yellowknife offers many of the urban amenities you’d find in any Canadian centre. At the same time, this is a magical place on the edge of great wilderness.  Visit The City of Yellowknife website and download their 2015 Visitor’s Guide.