Subj: Peacock Yukon Camps
Just had to write you a note concerning a fantastic and yet affordable fishing trip I recently had to the Yukon Territory. A definitely "must do" adventure. First, it is worth noting that I discovered this place via the Angler Network and I thank you for it. This must be at least the fifth trip on which I have relied on your extremely credible Report and have been satisfied in every case.
Starting at the beginning, we flew into Whitehorse in July and were met at the airport by our host Marion Peacock. She took us to a very nice hotel in Whitehorse for the night; so got to have a relaxed dinner and enjoy this most interesting city. The next morning we were met by Marion who took us grocery shopping and to the tackle shop. She was most helpful in recommending what sorts of lures to use but I got the impression that most of her guests are more interested in spinning and trolling than we were. About 11 AM she took us to the edge of town to meet up with John Peacock (husband and pilot) who promptly ushered us into his float plane for the trip to Frank Lake about 1 00 miles north of Whitehorse (about I hour fight-time). The flight was spectacular; flew over many lakes and mucho wilderness. There were some very large forest fires in the area due to a prolonged drought which was interesting to view from the air. John is a first class highly reliable pilot!
Arrived at Frank Lake about noon and unloaded our gear. John showed us our cabin (sleeps up to 8 but 4 is about the right number), how to turn on lights (gas), frig., start the outboard motor (10 hp on 14 ft boat), etc. Even had a gas grill. Also, a lecture on bears! Importantly, he showed us how to operate the short-wave radio, because it is the only way to communicate with civilization.
Frank Lake is about 7 miles long but the shoreline must be closer to 30 miles. There are numerous coves and islands. The water is crystal clear (can see down about 15 ft) and cold! The primary fishing is for Northerns, although there are a good number of Lake Trout if one wants to go to the effort of fishing deep (50+ ft.). There were also large numbers of Graylings in a few of the coves, but most were small (less than 12 in.). However, they readily took small dries. Also, there were a fair number of whitefish in the same areas, which went for nymphs occasionally.
But now to the good part! There were spectacular numbers of Northerns in the 24-40 inch size. Average was about 30 in. What made this so fascinating was that practically all of the fish we each caught (average 10-15/day but up to 30) were "sighted". The slow days were due to weather; wind which prevented us from sighting the fish or holding the boat close enough for long enough. Only had rain for 1/2 day, although I understand that it can be a problem. The time of the day didn't seem to be important; note that it never got completely dark since it was early July. The pike were voracious in their strikes, taking 6 inch streamers (bright colors seemed to work the best) thrown within 10 ft. Most were sighted under cover (where a tree had fallen into the lake) or along shallow weed beds. It was not unusual to have 2 or 3 pike follow the one that was hooked all the way to the boat. We also caught a few Lakers on these same streamers by throwing to surfacing baitfish. Didn't figure this out until late in the week. However, I was less than impressed because as soon as they took the fly they would go to the bottom and then it was sort of like catching a carp or catfish.
For me the highlight of the trip was the isolation in an incredibly beautiful setting. I have never seen so many loons in one place. Also, lots of eagles and an occasional moose. Thankfully, we did not encounter any grizzlies, although one left his calling card beside the cabin (while we were fishing). The best part was that cost of the entire week (fly-in, cabin, boat, etc) was $1350 Canadian or a little less than $1 000.00 US. If you know of a better deal, I would love to hear about it. Finally, Marion and John are first class hosts that run a top-notch operation. They have 6 other lakes in the area with a cabin on each. This means that you are the only people on the lake at any given time. Last year we went to Claire Lake which was somewhat bigger but not as interesting, although the pike were somewhat larger. Caught several up to 30 lbs. using the same techniques. There are no guides but can't actually see the need for one. Also, in the two years I have fished this area I have not had any problem with insects but understand that mosquitoes and black flies can be a problem early in the year (early is June because the ice doesn't go off these lakes until late May). Also, the season ends in early October for the same reason. If you want a fantastic isolated experience at a reasonable price, I can't think of a better place to go than one of John and Marion's lakes.