Lake trout

Late May – Mid June

We’ll give you all of our expert knowledge in detail upon your arrival. But for now, here’s a snapshot:

  • Ice-out typically occurs during the 2nd week of May

  • Fishing season begins the 3rd Saturday in May

  • Since lake trout prefer water temperatures 52° or colder, they feed all the way up to the surface until the beginning of June

  • Bright-colored spoons, stick baits or in-line spinners can be trolled just under the surface of the water to catch trophy lakers

  • Use fish finders to locate trout suspended in the water column (these lake trout are feeding and, thus, easier to catch than the trout near the bottom)

  • Trigger strikes by using a zigzag trolling pattern and varying boat speed

Late May
High 67° F
Low 44° F
Early June
High 70° F
Low 48° F

The best color of lures for Spring are fire tiger, fluorescent orange, chartreuse, white, silver and gold.

  • Williams Wabler Spoon (½ oz)

  • ProKing Spoon

  • Northport Nailer Spoon

  • Luhr-Jensen-J-Plug (3”)

  • Luhr-Jensen Kwikfish (K7)

  • Wire Leaders (6” to 12” length. 20# to 30# test)

If you forget something, we’ve got you covered with our on-site tackle shop!


Pine Cliff Lodge is the only lodge located on 10,000 acre Big Sandy Lake. With no other commercial access, anglers often feel they have the entire lake to themselves.

A premier Canadian fishing lodge for outdoor enthusiasts, Pine Cliff Lodge offers a remote, world-class fishing experience.


Summer Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 268
Dryden, Ontario Canada
P8N 2Y8

Winter Mailing Address:

Derek and Kara Zimmerman

774 Elmwood Drive

Abilene, TX 79605

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