“Teslin Lake” means “long threadlike waters” in the local Tlingit tongue. The 70 mile long body of crystal clear water provides access to many points of interest as most of the lake lies in undisturbed, pristine wilderness. This lake is also famous for its fishing. Lake trout are attracted to the “mudline” in June right near the village of Teslin. Later, the trout travel to more southerly points along the lake.
Northern Pike, or “slough shark” can be found in Eagle Bay in great abundance. The reference to the shark family is not totally without merit. A pike will attack almost anything travelling through its waters, often, it seems, as if in rage.
Doug Martens has been a licensed fishing guide here in Teslin every year since the turn of the century! He has experienced all kinds of weather, lake levels and fishing conditions on Teslin Lake and as such, is most likely to help you safely locate the trout or pike or grayling of your dreams. As it goes with hunting, so it is with fishing. Good fishing and hunting only occur where the fish and wildlife actually choose to live! Though conditions may seem ideal to us, it is the wildlife that makes the selection of where it wants to be, and when!
And although he is neither tall, nor dark, nor exactly handsome, you’ll find Doug to be a pretty amiable guy and open to suggestion. Let him know your expectations for the trip and he’ll do his best to accommodate! Happy fishing!