I have been to, or worked at a number of lodges in Northern Canada. Brabant is bar none, the best place for a trip. Not only can you expect to catch a number of trophy fish, during peak season probably 4-5 per person per day. Later in the year, the numbers decline, but the opportunity for larger fish, 48+ inches will increase. This lodge also offers excellent home cooked food, longer fishing hours. 8am-5pm, 7pm-10pm than virtually any other lodge. The accomodations are top notch, you won't have to worry about a cold shower in the morning, or mosquitos getting into the room at night as you stay in hand built log cabins. The staff are friendly, speak english, and always willing to go out of their way to help you. Shore lunches are on time, and organized, you won't spend more than an hour on shore which means more fishing time.
Overall the fishing at Brabant compared to other lodges I have been to. Would be as follows on a scale of 1/10
Walleye (walleye can be difficult to catch before July )
Bottom Line at Brabant. You will have a difficult time catching a 30 lb/ 50 in Pike(they do occur every year though, usually 2-3), you have a very reasonable shot at a 46-48in/ 25lb Pike, you should catch a few 44-46 in pike, and if you can cast, you will catch multiple 40-44 in pike every day.
This lodge is not highly publicized like others (Wollaston, Knee Lake, Reindeer Lake, Kasba, Enodah etc...) Compare the numbers and the overall experience.
The boats at Brabant will be clean for you, don't worry about getting into a floating pig sty. They run 18 ft Lunds with 50 hp motors that are well maintained (won't break down on the water). A few things that people may dislike about this lodge are that you will probably have to ride about 40 mins each way to get to a few of the more consistent big pike areas(there are tons of areas closer to the lodge but likely won't produce the quality I have discussed). You may end up crossing some open water areas that like at any lodge can get rough and make fishing/ riding difficult and may affect the fishing success at the time.
Brabant lodge is not only the best run lodge in Canada, but the fishing for Northern Pike is difficult to describe in a short review. There is no other location where you catch and release more N. Pike than the Great Slave Lake & McKenzie River. The lodge is located where these two bodies of water meet. The cabins are among the best of any lodge in Canada and the owner prepares great meals. She and her husband run the lodge and in the 13 years I've been fishing there, I've never had a "bad" fishing day. Once you fish at Brabant you will not return to another lodge.
If you want to catch big fish, and lots of them, than this is the lodge for you. Average size of Northern Pike is 10lb-15lbs with a lot of 20+ lb fish caught. The walleye and arctic grayling fishing is also excellent, but if you want a fight stick to the big Pike. Catch them in the weeds and hang on! The lodge it self is situated on the Mackenzie River, and has spectacular views and sunsets. Accomadations are great and the food is amazing. Expect to put on a few pounds while there.
For any fisherman who really enjoys the outdoors and catching a significant number of Northern Pike, this is the lodge to fish from. It is not difficult to get to by either commerical or charter flights from Edmonton. The accommondations are excellent with from one to three people in each log cabin. More than sufficient room to stretch out in and private showers in each cabin. Newer boats and larger than average outboard engines help make each day a pleasure. Guides that are friendly and desire to work with and for you add to your fishing enjoyment. Last but not least important is the quality (and quantity) of some of the best home-cooked meals at any fishing camp. The owners, Ellen & John Pollard are some of the finest people I've met in Canada.
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