summer whitefish


July - August

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

  • When mayflies hatch, whitefish move out of the rivers and stay just below the surface to feed on mayflies (typically first two weeks of July)

  • Mayfly hatch is a great time for fly fisherman!

  • When fly fishing: whitefish like to see a mayfly stationary with circular movement. Leave your fly stationary and spin your rod a few times with your finger-tips. The heavy fly line will spin with the rod and, if your lead line is not too long, it will spin too and make the fly flop around.

  • In early summer, catch whitefish on the surface with small spinners, 1/16 oz jigs, tiny Rapalas or put a mayfly or waxworm on a hook with a small float and cast off the dock

  • After the mayfly hatch, whitefish go deep (50-60 feet); troll or jig for deep whitefish

  • Summer technique #1: jig deep water with a tiny jig and a piece of waxworm or dew worms

  • Summer technique #2: use a three-way swivel system with a Zero Mepps or Blue Fox and troll very slow in about 60 feet of water. You’ll likely catch some nice lake trout in the process!

High 76° F
Low 57° F
High 74° F
Low 56° F
  • Flies to mimic mayflies

  • Small spinners

  • 1/16 oz jigs

  • Tiny Rapalas

  • Mayflies

  • Waxworms

  • Small hooks and floats

  • Zero Mepps (with 3-way swivel system)

  • Blue Fox (with 3-way swivel system)

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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