Really big fish, really far north

Back in 2013, the Duluth News Tribune wrote about Jerry and Steve Butchart’s fishing trip to Great Bear Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. It was the third “once in a lifetime” trip to northern Canada for lake trout, and the father-son duo were amazed how good the fishing was.

Flash forward to summer 2019, and the Butcharts made their 10th straight annual trip to far northern Canada. This time it was Great Slave Lake, and this time the fishing was the best it’s been so far. “We caught 309 lake trout in the week. Steve caught the two biggest, 40 and 43 pounds,” said Jerry, of Duluth.

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