FISHING ARTICLES

  • The Life Of A Lake Winnipeg Ice Fishing Guide January 5, 2015 Not what you’re looking for? Find more general fishing articles! Lee Nolden, hard water guru Late fall and the ice is starting to form on the waterways of the prairies. Its arrival is anxiously awaited by thousands of anglers who are checking out their hard water equipment, re-spooling reels, purchasing and re-organizing tackle, checking out heaters, tents, ...
  • Strangest Catch Of The Year December 29, 2014 During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I love getting together and visiting with family and friends. During the many visits throughout the holiday, it never fails that at some point the conversation always comes around to the past fishing season and each year I always get asked the same question: What was the strangest ...
  • Stocking Stuffers For The Hunter & Angler December 15, 2014 Christmas is right around the corner and outdoor enthusiasts can be some of the hardest people to buy a Christmas gifts for. It seems they have everything or there’s something new on the outdoor market that they just can’t live without. However, there are several things that the outdoor enthusiasts can never have enough of ...
  • Never Too Late For Fly Fishing December 9, 2014 I felt the subtle tap of another fish on my fly and I instinctively set the hook. My fly rod bowed under the weight of the fish as I worked my fly line back onto my reel. The fish instantly came to the surface, trying to spit the hook. But I could see he was ...
  • Booking A Winter Fishing Vacation November 19, 2014 A recent e-mail triggered the idea for this blog. The e-mail asked if I use a guide for any of my fishing trips. The answer is yes. The lady e-mailing was looking to book a surprise deep-sea fishing trip for her husband on their winter vacation. She wanted to give the surprise trip to her ...
  • Choosing The Right Rod & Reel November 13, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on fishing gear! Picking out the right fishing gear will help you land more fish Walk into any outdoor sporting goods store and you’re sure to find multiple aisles of fishing rods. The price of these rods will vary from $15 for a rod/reel combo to hundreds of dollars ...
  • Cat Daddy October 20, 2014 I recently returned from an incredible fishing adventure on Manitoba’s Red River. I had never fished the Red River before, so I hired the services of Paul Munroe, the owner of Cat Daddy Fishing Guide Service. We were targeting the abundant channel catfish within the river and Paul said we would catch fish. However, I ...
  • Cutthroat At The Top Of The World October 20, 2014 It was 6 a.m. and I was loading our float tubes, fishing gear and all our camping supplies into the cargo baskets mounted on the side of the helicopter for a two-day stay high in the Rocky Mountains. Icefield Heli Tours would be flying us into Lake of the Falls for a fly-fishing bonanza. Lake ...
  • Game Bird Hunting & Fly Tying September 23, 2014 Throughout the western provinces, a wide variety of hunting seasons are well underway during the month of September, and one of those hunting seasons is upland game bird. However, many fly fishermen are still on the rivers and lakes, catching a variety of trout species that are beginning to strap on the feedbag to prepare ...
  • You Never Know What Will Come To The Surface September 3, 2014 If your call the prairie provinces home, like I do, and you’ve dreamed of fishing Canada’s west coast, you need to do it now. I had the good fortune of fishing with Serengeti Fishing Charters during the month of June, with two good friends, and it was a trip of a lifetime – one I ...
  • The Wrong Fish August 20, 2014 It was a sunny but cold day during the second day of the Southern Alberta Walleye Tournament. We put together a middle-of-the-pack limit of walleye on day one, but the second day of any walleye tournament is always much tougher than the opener. The reason being, the lake or reservoir has been picked apart for ...
  • A Pike Encounter August 1, 2014 When you mention float tubes, your mind might quickly turn to fly fishing and trout. It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about floats tubes. I make it a point to spend as much time as I can every summer landing fish from the comforts of my float tube. However, I fish for more than trout. Every ...
  • Bullets And Bait July 28, 2014 July is one of my favourite months of the year. The weather is usually sunny and hot and there’s a ton of outdoor activities to do. However, one of my favourite July activities is to combine a hunting and fishing trip. Yes, hunting and fishing in July. A bullets-and-bait outing. There are thousands of lakes, reservoirs, ...
  • Fishing Boreal Lakes July 15, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! Introduction – our day on the water Trolling loud, brightly coloured baits in late July was responsible for catching many large pike and walleye in a small, seemingly unimpressive, double-portage lake. My brother Alexei and I were enjoying a day (off the clock) ...
  • Just For The Halibut July 10, 2014 I recently had the good fortune of fishing the west coast with Serengeti Fishing Charters. Myself, fellow outdoor writer Brad Fenson and good friend Cam Morison spent three days fishing for salmon, rock and bottom fish and, of course, halibut. The first morning, to say “the seas were angry” was an understatement. With 10 to 14-foot ...
  • Crazy For Catfish July 10, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing articles! As we slowly motored toward the gates at Lockport, I was again mesmerized by the power of the current that rushed by, creating small whirlpools and back eddies topped off with foam. How could any fish thrive in that environment? As we anchored, the current pushed us ...
  • Western Sportsman Hits The Walleye Trail June 17, 2014 Many readers may not realize that the longest running and most well-rounded hunting and fishing magazine throughout the western provinces is the Western Sportsman magazine. The magazine has been in publication since the 1960s. Why has it been able to stand the test of time? Because the pages of Western Sportsman are filled with exciting ...
  • The Quest For Manitoba Walleye June 6, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! My anticipation was palpable, as I stood with spinning gear in hand, slowly raising, pausing and dropping the jig and minnow set up. I’d thump the bottom a couple of times, raise a foot, pause, jiggle, slowly lower. Repeat. Until suddenly it ...
  • Bull Trout In Northern BC June 5, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! I bet you’d agree that catching any fish, regardless of size, is significantly better than a day in the office. But there is certainly something special about battling a big, predatory fish on a fly rod. Northern BC is an excellent place ...
  • Take A Youngster Fishing June 3, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing articles! It’s finally the fair-weather fishing season. As exciting as it is, you may have already planned out all your spring and summer fishing trips. I know I have! However, have you planned to take a youngster fishing? Every year I make it a point to go on at ...
  • Edmonton’s Second Cabela’s Store Opens May 22, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! May 22, 2014, marked the grand opening day of the second Cabela’s store in Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton is currently the only city in Canada to have two Cabela’s locations. Cabela’s staff estimated about 2,o00 customers lined up to get into the store on opening morning, but this ...
  • Opening Day Pike May 13, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! Opening day of the fair-weather fishing season is one of the most exciting times of the year for anglers. For many anglers, the morning of is just like Christmas morning. With so many fish species to fish for, what and where is ...
  • Leopard Sharks Near Alcatraz April 30, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for saltwater fish!   I consider myself a history fanatic, so when my wife said we’re going on a well-deserved five day family getaway to San Francisco, Calif., I quickly booked a guided tour to see the legendary and historic maximum security prison, Alcatraz. The tour of ...
  • Three Season Trout Fishing April 25, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! Trout fishing isn’t reserved for the fly fishermen The early morning sun was heating up the surface water of the lake, causing the cool air to lift off the water and create a misty fog. It was a warm morning and through the ...
  • Fish For Early-Season Pike April 21, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! I slowly motored to the middle of the calm bay and cut the engine to start fishing. I launched my big, chartreuse spoon towards the cattail-lined shore and had only turned the crank four times when I saw a wake appear behind ...
  • Put Your Ice Fishing Gear Away April 14, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing articles! Mid-April signals that time of the year to put your ice fishing gear away for another season. However, taking the time to properly store it during the off season will save you a ton of grief next winter. Start with your rods and reels. As a rule, only ...
  • Anatomy Of A Small Stream April 11, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! When English anatomist Henry Gray published his masterpiece back in 1858, and then died shortly after of smallpox, little would he have realized that it would be well into its 40th edition by now and that Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook, not the ...
  • Fishing For Spring Pike April 7, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! It was early spring and I was at my favourite pike lake, Wabamun, near Edmonton, Alta. The ice had come off and my buddy Arnold and I were feeling great. We were on the water, chucking spoons, cranking plugs and having the ...
  • Fishing In The NWT April 5, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! A fishing adventure in the Northwest Territories From Edmonton to Yellowknife, and from Yellowknife to the most beautiful middle of nowhere that I have ever seen. Welcome to Yellow Dog Lodge. My husband, Jeff, and I were invited to spend five days fishing on the ...
  • Last Ice Rainbows March 27, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! The month of April triggers the closing of the ice fishing season. However, throughout the prairie provinces there are still a number of stocked rainbow trout waters that remain open for avid ice anglers can take advantage. (Check your provincial fishing regulations). Rainbow ...
  • Wildlife Law Q&A March 3, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing articles! A frank discussion about the laws that govern hunters and anglers Driving a back road en-route to one of my favourite hunting grounds, I saw a doe laying in the ditch a hundred metres ahead. Driving closer, it was obvious ...
  • NEWS: Fish And Game Club Battling Billionaire February 17, 2014 The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, of Merrit, BC, is taking on US billionaire Stanley Kroenke in a legal battle. The fish and game club wants to keep public access to Minnie and Stoney Lakes, but Kroenke is fighting to establish that the lakes, and the roads leading to them, are private. Kroenke owns ...
  • Walleye On First Ice January 14, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! As the mercury drops, ice anglers get excited – they know it won’t be long until the lakes freeze over. Once the ice is safe enough to venture onto, it’s time to search for first ice walleye and experience some of the ...
  • Fish Mortality – Catch And Release January 13, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! Catch-and-release (CR) angling is a hot-button topic for many fisherman, with as many viewpoints as there are flies in my fly box. After a recent debate with a fellow ...
  • Video Like A Pro December 31, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Not what you’re looking for? Find more general fishing articles! Capturing quality footage is tougher than it looks, but cover the bases and you’ll be on the fast track to videoing like a pro I first began recording my own hunting and fishing trips almost two decades ago. My ...
  • Fishing For Walleye August 23, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! Spice up your angling adventures with these tips I pity the angler who grows tired of catching fish. It’s an unfortunate thing, really. This being said, I’m guilty of occasionally experiencing enthusiasm lulls during a season. More often than not, the culprit is ...
  • Gear Review: Magellan eXplorist August 13, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Every once in a while, I discover a product designed for Canadian users. It is noteworthy for that reason alone, but when it offers an array of features that can be of use to those of us who live north of the border, it is ...
  • Fishing In Pressured Waters August 7, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more general fishing articles! The popularity of fishing continues to flourish each year. This growth is fundamental for the future of the sport we love, but can also spell competition and congestion on some of our favourite waterways. Increased angling pressure often equates to a tougher bite, as fish become conditioned ...
  • Gear Review: Hotcore sleeping bag August 6, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! For the better-than-average-sized backpacker, Hotcore Sleeping Bags has designed the new Fatboy 200. Weighing in at 5.2 pounds, with an overall size of 78 inches by 42 inches, this unit compresses to a carry size of 15.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Hotcore uses high quality, siliconized ...
  • Sockeye Returns Show Stronger Numbers July 30, 2013 Predictions for this summer’s sockeye salmon returns in BC seem to be improving. Click here to read the entire article.
  • Bushnell SolarBook 850 July 23, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! A portable energy source, no matter where you may find yourself, is not entirely new. But the concept of that source being lightweight, compact and extremely durable is a different kettle of fish. Bushnell, the same company that is better known for its sports optics, has ...
  • Fishing For Athabasca Rainbow Trout July 15, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! Small headwater streams are home to Alberta’s very own native population, the Athabasca rainbow trout. They often share creek and stream space with Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish and bull trout. Athabascans, as they are often called, can be found in larger systems, too. ...
  • Increased Hatchery Funding: Manitoba July 3, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Increased, dedicated funding for the province’s fish hatchery system means there’s an even better chance Manitoba fishers will catch a big one in the province’s many lakes, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced recently. The funding will help ensure the hatchery system’s long-term sustainability, ...
  • Banner Year In Saskatchewan June 20, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Banner year for Saskatchewan anglers and hunters On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Humboldt Wildlife Federation hosted the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation’s Provincial Angling and Henry Kelsey Big Game Awards Banquet for 2012. Over 350 people attended the event and were ...
  • How To Fish The Upper Bow River May 24, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! I have been fortunate enough to log many hours fishing the Upper Bow River in the heart of the Alberta Rockies, having lived in Canmore for over 17 years. There is no doubt in my mind that it is likely one of the most picturesque places to fish ...
  • Fishing A Headwater Stream May 22, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Scientists with the University of Alberta want to understand Arctic grayling population structure and genetic diversity in Alberta, with the hopes that this information will play a key role in the development of Arctic grayling management plans in the province. To this end, my colleague, Jess Reilley, and ...
  • Gerber Myth E-Z Open knife May 17, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! The E-Z Open Gutting Knife boasts the same slim design and comfortable, soft rubberized handle as the rest of the Myth series. Built with a lightweight body directly molded onto the full tang stainless steel blade, the E-Z Open is the ideal tool for long, clean, upward cuts. ...
  • Delta Marsh Restoration May 15, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Ducks Unlimited, Manitoba government partner for North America’s largest wetlands restoration project The Manitoba government and Ducks Unlimited Canada marked World Wetlands Day by announcing a $3.5-million partnership to help restore Delta Marsh, one of the world’s largest marshes covering 190 square kilometres on the southern ...
  • Gear Review: Okuma Helios Spinning Reel May 14, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! The all-new Helios spinning reel from Okuma features: • Lightweight C-40X carbon frame, side plate and rotor • Multi-disc carbonite drag system • 9HPB + 1RB corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings • Quick set anti-reverse roller bearing • ALG: Precision AlumiLite alloy main gear and oscillating gears • Machined aluminum, two-tone anodized spool • ...
  • Fly Fishing From Shore May 9, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A still water fly angler has an excellent chance at catching good trout from shore. While not always the optimal choice, by wisely choosing your time on the water and the lake itself, you will enjoy your fly fishing and maximize shoreline opportunities.   Why: During certain times of ...
  • Avoid Angling Groupthink May 2, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Fishing is an activity based on patterns. Through experience, expectations are created that fish will exhibit behaviours under certain conditions or in specific situations. Looking for themes is helpful, but it’s important to keep an open mind, otherwise one can get stuck in a rut due to ...
  • BC Government Addresses Parks April 26, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Nearly 276,000 hectares was added to the BC Parks system through legislation introduced recently, announced Environment Minister Terry Lake. Bill 5 – the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2013 adds new parks and conservancies and expands the Mount Maxwell ecological reserve, which is home ...
  • Going Live April 25, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A warm, summer day, mixed sun and cloud, drift fishing on the river in north central Manitoba and a steady catch of spunky walleye, with bottom bouncers and jigs with tails being the favourite presentations. What could be better? Why bother with live bait when the fish ...
  • Changes Made To Saskatchewan’s Fisheries Regulations April 24, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! In time for the 2013 angling season, the Ministry of Environment is amending The Fisheries Regulations to reduce red tape while continuing to protect fishing in Saskatchewan. “Saskatchewan’s freshwater fishing is some of the best in the world,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “As a government, ...
  • Kayak Fishing: How To Get Into It April 18, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Affordability, portability, accessibility — what’s not to like about catching fish from a kayak? Six years ago I started kayak fishing. It was fun back then, but today it’s better than ever thanks to on-going improvements in boat designs and gear catered to paddling anglers. Far from a ...
  • Gear Review: Abu Garcia Revo S 20 Spinning Reel April 12, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! Lightweight and strong for hours of fishing, the Revo S has a one-piece X-Cräftic alloy frame, a graphite stem and polymetric body and rotor. Internally, a one-piece gearbox with a Duragear brass gear allows for more precise alignment. Other features include a machined aluminum, braid-ready spool so you ...
  • 6 Must Have Fishing Lures April 10, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! Lures come in all colours, shape, and sizes. Most of us maintain a substantial inventory for those “just in case” situations; but imagine this — if you could choose only six, what would they be? Popping the lid on my Plano, I scanned the familiar box. Each compartment ...
  • Chum Salmon Makes Strong Return April 8, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! This past fall, BC Lower Mainland residents and environmental stewards such as Streamkeepers reported strong returns of chum salmon in many urban streams, in some cases for the first time in decades. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Salmonid Enhancement Program has been working for more than 30 years ...
  • Conservatives Create Hunting And Angling Caucus April 4, 2013 Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin/Swan River/Marquette, chaired the inaugural Conservative Hunting and Angling caucus, with his vice chairs Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, and Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon. The caucus was established for Conservative Members of Parliament to move forward on conservation issues and the concerns of Canada’s ...
  • Gear Review: Princecraft Fishing Boat The Hudson March 27, 2013 You and four friends would have a relaxing afternoon on the lake in the new Princecraft Hudson DLX WS aluminium boat. The boat, weighing in at about 1,325 pounds with a built-in gas tank able to hold just over 100 litres, makes an ideal fishing vessel. Features include: Bow raised casting platform Deep cycle battery storage compartment Large storage compartment Electric-fill, ...
  • Gear Review: Scotty Electric Downrigger March 25, 2013 Scotty electric downrigger, No. 1106 Depthpower 36 inches to 60 inches! The most popular Scotty electric downrigger, this model comes with a boom that telescopes for extra reach and collapses for extra storage. Includes: 60-inch, with one-and-a-quarter inch diameter, telescoping stainless steel boom, which collapses to 36 inches for storage Boom mounted No. 350 Rodmaster II rod holder One Power ...
  • Fly Fishing For Pike March 7, 2013 About eight years ago, I introduced my sons, Brandon and Sean, to fly fishing for pike. Within the first few hours of our initial trip, the pike’s fear-nothing, take-no-prisoners attitude etched a place within their psyche. I was no different. Pike aren’t called the water wolf for nothing – a stark comparison to trout, the ...
  • Tails And Profiles For Walleye March 6, 2013 It’s undeniable that walleye anglers have a love affair with soft baits. From dainty, finesse offerings, to mondo grande plastics for power fishing, there are options for virtually every scenario. The following are some of the most effective squishy offerings available and a rundown on when, where and how to fish them for bragging-sized ‘eyes.   Give ...
  • Reeling In Stocked Trout March 6, 2013 The beauty of fishing stocked trout is the great diversity of fishing options. Trout are often the only fish available in many communities and whether you are just looking for an angling opportunity or searching for a big lunker, stocked trout can provide it all. We walked along the windswept shoreline, looking for the best spot ...
  • Jigging For Lake Trout March 6, 2013 My drag was practically smoking as the eight-pound test sizzled off my reel. I had just set the hook, burying my jig into the mouth of what I thought was an average lake trout, getting him about 10 feet off bottom before all hell broke loose. The battle was on and after some fierce head ...
  • Fishing Fortress Lake, BC March 6, 2013 Mountainous peaks, surrounding the pure, blue waters of Fortress Lake in Hamber Provincial Park, offer world-class fishing for huge brook trout. The remoteness of the lake will ensure it’ll last for quite some time, and there are many options to fish the lake – for all types and budgets. The North American continental divide follows the ...
  • Going Digital February 25, 2013 With much of the world embracing social media and offering increased digital or online presence, Western Sportsman wants to know what our readers are thinking. How many of you would be interested in receiving a digital edition of the magazine? Comment below and let us know! Join Us On Facebook! Do You Like What You’re Reading? Subscribe ...
  • Gear Review: Cabela’s Polartec Garments January 22, 2013 Check out these new Polartec base layers from Cabela’s. Looking for a technical base layer with some substance to it? Check out Thermal Zone base layers from Cabela’s. Using Polartec’s Power Dry High Efficiency fabrics, these base layers are designed to wick moisture and keep in heat when you need it most — during January ...
  • Gear Review: Thermacell Heated Insole October 5, 2012 When I think of all those frigid days on a stand waiting out a big buck or on a lake in the middle of winter ice fishing, what always comes to mind is how cold my feet got and what I could possibly do to improve on my footwear for the next trip. Seldom did I ...
  • Gear Review: Foodsaver Gamesaver Silver September 17, 2012 I have used FoodSaver products for years. They have been the answer for storage of much of my wild game and fish. Vacuum sealing has allowed me to store both game and fish for much longer periods of time than I would have otherwise considered feasible. Despite their all but indispensable home-based use, I often would ...
  • Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits — SOL Escape Bivvy September 12, 2012 Unfortunately every year outdoor enthusiasts succumb to the elements often due to the lack of preparation. Whether from a misadventure or a mishap the results are the same — they either aren’t prepared for a survival situation or do not have sufficient knowledge on how to survive in the wilderness. Enter Adventure Medical Kits — SOL ...
  • New Rods From Rapala July 19, 2012 Fishing season is in full swing — and if you’re looking for a new spinning or casting rod, check out these offerings from Rapala. Rapala Axiom Spinning Combo Try Rapala’s new Axiom Spinning combos. These great new combos feature lightweight, sensitive graphite rods with blank-through-handle construction, split-grip cork, graphite reel seats and virtually friction-free eyes matched with ...
  • New Eyes on Old Hot Fishing Spots July 1, 2012 Finding new and productive fishing holes in your old familiar lake. The world is getting smaller. We travel around the world at dizzying speeds to places that our parents never dreamt of. Yes — the world is so tiny now days, but the same can be said about the old fishing hole. That lake I grew up ...
  • Gear Review: D-Shock Combos June 20, 2012 These brightly-coloured, affordable spinning combos are brand-new from Daiwa. All D-Shock combos include reels with Digi-gear ultra-smooth retrieves, aluminum spools, graphite bodies and Twist-Buster line-twist reduction. Depending on the model, expect either one, two or four-ball-bearings. The two-piece rods are available in either graphite or fiberglass, and come in a very wide variety of actions. The ...
  • The Secrets to Effective Trolling June 15, 2012 When I think back to the thousands of hours I have spent fishing for just about every variety of fish that Canada has to offer, by far and away trolling has consistently produced the most fish. It has proven successful for species as diverse as walleye to rainbow trout — I have even caught bass while ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Husky XTP Spinning Combo June 13, 2012 If you’re looking for an affordable, general-purpose spinning combo, check out the all-new Rapala XTP Split Grip rod-and-reel combos. These medium power, medium action, cork-handled two-piece rods are well-balanced with a smooth and light spinning reel. The reel features a 5.1:1 retrieve ratio, an aluminum spool, multi-point anti-reverse and precision gears and three-bearings that are of ...
  • Gear Review: Canadian Range Trailer June 11, 2012 If you’re looking for a Canadian-made solution to both work and play, check out the Canadian Range Trailer. Made in Lantzville, BC, by sportsmen and tradesmen (who know their stuff), this towable trailer converts from work-horse to camper tent-trailer in minutes. All-steel and built-tough, the trailer can often carry more than the vehicle towing it! Unlike ...
  • Boats: selecting, equipping & maintaining the perfect sport-fishing craft June 8, 2012 Out there on the open water, there are no roads, no road signs, no traffic lights and, best of all, there is no rush hour traffic. There is just you, your boat and the open water. I must admit that I have a passion for boats. I have owned about everything one can imagine from a ...
  • Gear Review: Airbac backpack May 30, 2012 Airbac builds a better mousetrap — that is, a brand-new way to carry items in a backpack! Airbac is a new backpack invention that uses a patented, built-in air cushion technology to prevent back stress and make wearers feel as if they are carrying half the weight or less, as well as protecting the backpack contents, ...
  • Gear Review: LensPen May 21, 2012 If you’re looking for a way to clean your optics or camera gear – look no further. LensPen is your solution. It has been 20 years since Parkside Optical introduced the original LensPen, and for a generation photographers and outdoor enthusiasts have counted on LensPen to keep their cameras, scopes, binoculars and other fine optics clean ...
  • Gear Review: Snap-on LED Hybrid Light May 16, 2012 If you’re looking for a great way to light up — check out this new flashlight from Snap-On. Their new LED Hybrid Light features 53 LEDs and unlike incandescent bulbs, which burn hot, this portable, battery-powered auxiliary light is cool to the touch. The tubular-shaped light has a tough tube lens, a rubber molded comfort grip ...
  • Deep Water Fishing Tactics May 9, 2012 When the dog days chase the fish deep — you just have to follow them down. Every angler knows fish are not always to be found on the surface or in shallow water. Various factors contribute to this migration into deeper water — but two of the most important are water temperature and availability of ...
  • Small Stream Fly Fishing How To April 30, 2012 Nothing epitomizes fly fishing like casting to trout in a small stream environment — and here’s how to best target trout in your area. I really enjoy fly fishing small creeks. They offer a tremendous amount of diversity, from small babbling mountainous brooks, to raging torrents, to slick meadow spring creeks. They harbour brown, rainbow, brook ...
  • Western Canada’s Classic Fisheries April 27, 2012 Keep your line tight and your hooks sharp — here are the four greatest freshwater fisheries in our four Western Provinces. The rod barely twitched. It could have easily been a perch nibbling on a worm. Then it twitched again. “Pick it up,” said our guide, Randy Beck. Obliging, Vanessa gently pulled the rod from the holder ...
  • Gear Review: Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad April 25, 2012 At times, going bigger isn’t always better. At Rapala, this philosophy holds true with the introduction of the new Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad. Designed to offer big action in a small bait, the Ultra Light Minnow stays true to form with a classic minnow profile that packs a powerful underwater punch of action. “Unlike ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala X-Rap and X-Rap Prop April 16, 2012 Rapala is taking the powerful X-Rap line to the surface with the introduction of two topwater maniacs: the X-Rap Pop and the X-Rap Prop. “I’ve fished with topwater baits throughout my career,” said Mike Iaconelli, Rapala and VMC pro staff member. “But none have come close to the big poppin’, monster splashin’ and scream action of ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Rippin’ Rap April 4, 2012 Sporting an antagonistic scowl with soul-penetrating eyes, the new Rippin’ Rap from Rapala tears through the water, enticing predators into a fish-fighting battle of epic proportions. With its tall, thin bodied, lipless design, the Rippin’ Rap cranks, swims and rips its way into the thick, along rock cover, structure and anywhere in between. “The Rippin’ Rap is a ...
  • Gear Review: Steez Flourocarbon Line March 30, 2012 New for 2012 — Steez’s green coloured, super soft, super strong 100 per cent Fluorocarbon line that has the flexibility and castability of regular monofilament. Formulated exclusively for Steez spinning and casting reels, it is highly resistant to abrasion and offers a faster sink rate than monofilament. Parallel winding on the filler spool ...
  • Your Guide To Understanding Fishing Line March 28, 2012 Monofilament, flourocarbon, braided, superlines, copolymer — what’s the difference between the different fishing lines on the market? Two and a half hours into an epic struggle with a monster tarpon and the only connection that existed between it and me was a spool of 30-pound-test monofilament fishing line. I could not believe it had held this ...
  • ATV Review: Can-Am Commander 800R Series March 23, 2012 Are you looking to get into some serious backwoods fishing hotspots? Try the 2012 Can-Am Commander 800R series side-by-sides. Powering the Commander 800R family is a proven Rotax 800 EFI V-Twin powerplant, which is only bested in power in the rec-utility class by the Rotax 1000 EFI V-Twin engine. The Can-Am Commander 800R family also uses ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife March 9, 2012 New Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet from Rapala is Pure Luxury! The power, performance and superb craftsmanship of the new Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet will put anglers in the driver’s seat for uncompromised, reliable fish filleting. Its lithium-ion battery provides continuous, full-power operation for 80 minutes, without reduced power or hesitation as the battery power trickles ...
  • Gear Review: Magellan RoadMate RV9145 February 24, 2012 Magellan and Good Sam Club Deliver New Recreational Vehicle GPS Device that Features High-Resolution 7” Screen, Customized RV Routes, AV Input, and the Trailer Life RV Parks & Campground Directory. Magellan is set to introduce a new device to its line of GPS navigation products specifically designed for RVers. The RoadMate RV9145 navigator features an extra-large ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Camping Sleeping Pads February 22, 2012 Self-inflating sleeping pads from Browning Camping are a must for the backpacking hunter! If you haven’t seen Browning Camping’s lineup, you’re missing out. Check out their sleeping pads. Available in sizes regular, long, XL and double (as well as just a seat), these Jet Stream Polyurethane Open Cell Foam pads self-inflate, are made of tough material, ...
  • Gear Review: Williams New 2012 Lure Lineup February 10, 2012 Check out these new lures from Williams for the 2012 fishing season. Williams has two new lure series for 2012. The first, dubbed the Nipigon, is a slender bodied 2 1/2″, 1/3 oz spoon that imitates a baitfish in distress. Available in 8 colors, featuring a red treble hook and a red 3D eye with a ...
  • Gear Review: 2012 Can-Am Outlander 650 ATV Family February 8, 2012 BRP Can-Am engineers have given the 2012 Can-Am Outlander 650 line of ATVs the most powerful engine under 800cc! With 60 horsepower, Can-Am claims the Outlander 650 has proven that it can give up 150cc to competitive machines with a larger bore and still come out ahead. Throw in our supreme comfort, value and all-out trail ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Baked Stuffed Fish January 27, 2012 Baked Stuffed Fish: A memorable big fish supper. Whether you stuff it and bake in foil over glowing embers for a special fish camp supper to show off the day’s trophy or take the prize home and cook it in a clay baker, here’s one of the most impressive and tastiest ways to showcase a fresh fish. What ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Trout & Fiddleheads in Lemon Sauce January 23, 2012 Here’s a catch and a pick paired up for a perfect feast. Eating “locally-grown” never tasted so good. I love foods that live up to the high standards of eating within what’s fashionably known as “the 100-mile diet”! To me, it’s a satisfying feat to eat foods that come from within a hundred mile radius of ...
  • Outdoors Survival Skills January 18, 2012 Before you venture afield, any time of year, you must know the basics of orienteering, weather preparedness and treatment of injuries. There are three primary wilderness situations that can each, in their own right, spell disaster: becoming lost, accidents and weather. Today we, as outdoors enthusiasts, are most fortunate to have some of the finest technology ...
  • Gear Review: Garmin eTrex January 16, 2012 Never get lost in the wilderness again with the new Garmin eTrex! The popular Garmin eTrex handheld GPS device has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 2.2-inch, 65k colour screen with expanded mapping capabilities. These new additions — along with up to 25 hours of battery life — ...
  • Gear Review: Mepps Mister Twister Neon January 11, 2012 New three-inch Meeny and four-inch Mister Twister neon colours! The three-inch Meeny and four-inch original Mister Twister curly tails will be offered in new neon colours for the 2012 season. The Meeny will sport two new colours: Neon Blue 51S and Neon pink 61S. (Blue is one of the most effective all species colour patterns.) The ...
  • Gear Review: Suffix Performance Ice Fuse January 9, 2012 Gear Review: Suffix Performance Ice Fuse. Performance Ice Fuse is the next generation of thermally fused ice fishing line. Performance Ice Fuse features hydrophobic characteristics that reduce line freezing, keeping ice anglers in the game longer. Other features include exceptional abrasion resistance and superior tensile and knot strength. Available in Smoke Blue or Fluorescent Neon Fire, ice ...
  • Survival Skills For Hunters & Anglers December 16, 2011 Before you venture afield, any time of year, you must know the basics of orienteering, weather preparedness and treatment of injuries. There are three primary wilderness situations that can each, in their own right, spell disaster: becoming lost, accidents and weather. Today we, as outdoors enthusiasts, are most fortunate to have some of the finest ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Wild Winter Teas December 7, 2011 A cup of “Bush Tea” is a sure-fire way to warm up on frosty trails. Whether you’re rabbit hunting in the frozen hollows, exploring backcountry on snowshoes or huddled in your hut hard-water fishing, nothing rids the shivers better than a steaming cup of wilderness tea. Regardless of terrain, even in the dead of winter, ...
  • Alberta’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots December 5, 2011 Here are the best lakes in Alberta for ice fishing this season: Calling Lake, 55 km north of Athabasca on SH 813, has a simple rule: get up early (or stay late) if you want to catch the walleye bite. I took a friend to Calling for his first-ever go at walleye and between us we ...
  • Gear Review: Hi Mountain Seasonings Dry Rubs December 2, 2011 Nothing flavours and adds character to meats and seafood like a good spice rub. Hi Mountain Seasonings has created their unique rubs to extract maximum flavour from the meat. There are specific spice blends in a Venison Rub, Poultry Rub and Salmon Rub. The rubs adhere using the natural moisture of the meat, so no oil ...
  • Saskatchewan’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots November 23, 2011 It’s almost ice fishing season in Saskatchewan! Check out these local waters: Lake Diefenbaker, located southwest of Saskatoon and northwest of Regina, is a sprawling reservoir was created as an impoundment of the South Saskatchewan River by the Qu’Appelle and Gardiner dams. It holds pike, walleye, burbot, perch and rainbow trout. In fact, in the past ...
  • Manitoba’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots November 9, 2011 It’s almost ice fishing season! Check out Manitoba’s top ice fishing hot spots: For hardwater northern pike fishing, head to Big Whiteshell Lake in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park, about 130 km east of Winnipeg on Highway 1. Access to this lake is usually walk-on or by snowmobile or ATV. Fishing off points and reefs in 15 ...
  • Gear Review: Ski-Doo Expedition November 7, 2011 Ski-Doo’s 2012 Expedition model is ideal for areas where snowmobiles are used as transportation and trails are either primitive or non-existent — such as your deep-winter, deep-woods spike camp. Deep snows, rugged terrain or even heavy loads won’t stop this sled! BRP builds the Expedition snowmobile with a totally unique feature set making it an outstanding ...
  • How To Field-Prep Your Trophy For Taxidermy October 28, 2011 Taking care of your bird, fish or big game animal while in the field will go a long way toward ensuring you have a beautiful mount later on. A well-mounted trophy, be it a big game animal, bird or fish, can be a work of art, something that can provide the hunter or fisher with many ...
  • BC’s Best Fishing Hot Spots July 18, 2011 British Columbia’s Best Fishing Hotspots: When choosing five top spots in a province with more than 600,000 fish-bearing waterbodies, some prime hot spots are bound to be left off. But if you want a combination of accessibility and hot fishing, you can’t beat this bunch: 1. Perhaps not easily as easily accessed as some of the locales ...
  • Manitoba’s Best Fishing Hot Spots July 11, 2011 Learn how to get those walleye biting! Read these 15 tips for successful angling. The six lures you must have! Manitoba’s Best Fishing Hot Spots: Within a two-hour drive of Winnipeg, almost every freshwater fish species swimming in Manitoba’s waters is available to the open-water angler. 1. Right at the top of the list of locations is the mighty Red ...
  • When Walleye Won’t Bite — Make ‘Em! June 27, 2011 Use these tactics to piece together the combination that’ll get inactive walleye to strike. It’s happens to most anglers. We find walleye but they reject lures like snobby gourmets at a roadside chip stand. However, even when fish are fickle, they can often be coerced to chew. The challenge is finding the specific presentation to enchant ...
  • Saskatchewan’s Best Fishing Hot Spots June 22, 2011 Learn how to fish from a kayak! Six fishing lures you can’t be without! Saskatchewan government reduces fishing red tape in 2013. Fishing hot spot guide: With so many excellent lakes and rivers to choose from, Saskatchewan offers the resident and visiting angler alike an almost bewildering selection of world class waters. 1. Churchill River For sheer numbers of healthy, ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Campfire Bannock June 20, 2011 Here’s a recipe for the king of campfire breads: Bannock! When I was kid growing up in Muskoka, ON, Dad and I did a lot of canoeing in the backwaters of Algonquin Park. Since there was usually a portage or two along many of the routes, everything that went into the pannier had to be, in ...
  • 4 Fly Patterns For Stillwater Trout Fishing June 17, 2011 Fly fishermen: if you can’t locate big, stillwater trout… Find Them With Forage! Here are four fly patterns from Phil Rowley to help you located and hook into big, stillwater trout right across Canada. Balanced Leech Hook: Mustad R50-94840 #10-#12 or Mustad Ultra Point Jig Hook 32833BLN #8-#10 Thread: 8/0, Colour to Match Body Tail: Stillwater Solutions Strung or Long ...
  • Gear Review: Samurai Accudepth Braid Line May 28, 2011 Just introduced by Samurai is a new colour-coded braided line with a Fast-Spool package that makes spooling line onto your reel a snap. Lake trout in northern BC and Saskatchewan? Walleye in Alberta? Bass on the coast? Whatever you fish, this line will work for you. Part of Daiwa’s Samurai Braid line group, the new Accudepth ...
  • Alberta’s Best Fishing Hot Spots May 26, 2011 Click here for tips about how to fish the Upper Bow River! Read about your six must-have lures to put the odds in your favour! Learn new ways to fish your favourite hot spots! Are you looking for the best fishing hotspots in Alberta? From the foothill streams, to the northern lakes and the southern rivers, Alberta shines ...
  • Gear Review: Luhr-Jensen Shoehorn Spoon May 21, 2011 Last year, salmon anglers enjoyed Luhr-Jensen’s new Shoehorn Spoon. The oddly balanced, lightweight spoon was a new presentation that salmon had nightmares about. Now, with the introduction of UV Bright technology to the colour scheme and a smaller size, salmon anglers’ dreams have really come true. UV Bright technology is the use of finishes, designed to ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Backtrack Point 3 & 5 May 19, 2011 A couple of years ago, Bushnell revolutionized GPS technology by making it simple for everyone to use with the popular BackTrack (including this writer!). The BackTrack allows you to set a location you want to get back to with a press of a button. Simply follow the arrow and the distance shown so you never have ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Touch Screen Scale May 14, 2011 Tournament anglers know all too well that having the right tools can be the deciding factor between second place and first place. Now, with the first-of-its kind Touch Screen 50 lb. Digital Scale and Touch Screen 15 lb. Digital Scale Culling Kit from Rapala, any angler can weigh his fish with tournament-level state-of-the-art ease. The water-resistant Touch ...
  • Gear Review: Thermacell Outdoor Lantern May 5, 2011 Keep bugs at bay this summer! The Thermacell Outdoor Insect-Repellent Lantern is the best option for keeping mosquitoes and other insects in any outdoor camping setting. The Patio Lantern is both a powerful insect repellent device and a functional and portable, long-lasting outdoor LED lantern, with both functions being usable separately or together. Providing a 15×15 ...
  • Gear Review: Minox DC 9011 WP Camera April 28, 2011 Neither rain, snow nor submersion will prevent your tails from having back-up photos. The MINOX DC 9011 WP Camera features the ruggedness and top performance for any situation. The DC 9011 WP sets new standards in digital photography with MINOX. Boasting a sturdy body that is waterproof up to a depth of three meters, this compact ...
  • World Record Walleye Caught in Saskatchewan April 27, 2011 Get those walleye to bite! Using soft baits for walleye. Learn all about kayak fishing! World Record Walleye Caught in Saskatchewan! On January 5, 2011, Tim Geni of Wilcox Saskatchewan caught and released a 33-3/4-inch (86-cm) walleye with a robust 19-3/8-inch girth at Last Mountain Lake. Up to that point, the current catch and release record ice walleye was ...
  • 6 Mistakes Anglers Make April 18, 2011 Overcoming bad habits and recognizing the mistakes you commit can help lead anglers to more fruitful days on the water. Now is the time to forge forward with new habits and break the bad ones of yesteryear. Think of them as your new fishing resolutions for 2011. (Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman Magazine Print ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Bean-Hole Beans April 12, 2011 Recipe Special: Baked beans with bacon cooked in an underground pit are the best beans ever. I love baked beans and, contrary to what some contemporary cooks might think, I’m not full of hot air when I boast about bean-hole beans being the best beans recipe ever! (Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman Magazine Print ...
  • Boat Review: Thunder Jet Landing Craft April 7, 2011 It may look like it’s ready to storm the beaches of Normandy, but the new Thunder Jet Landing Craft is exactly the boat you need to transport gear to your remote hunting or fishing camp. The TJ Landing Craft is available in three boat model types (center console, dual console and pilot house) and four different ...
  • Preventive Boat Maintenance for Anglers and Hunters April 4, 2011 Preventive maintenance is something that anglers and hunters who boat should always be mindful of. Certain tasks are best carried out before the boating season starts and others when the boat is being prepared for winter storage. In addition, routine maintenance carried out at regular intervals during the season will help avoid trouble and add to ...
  • Gear Review: Daiwa Steez SPX Mega Top Rods March 24, 2011 Just introduced by Daiwa are two new finesse worm and jig rods with a solid SPX graphite tip. Called Mega Top, the new tip design promises greater casting accuracy and enhanced detection of subtle bites. Unlike ordinary solid tips, Mega Top is built with an exclusive process that distributes graphite fiber evenly with precise ...
  • End of Season Special: Is There Ice Fishing in BC? March 21, 2011 Well, contrary to the belief of many Western Canadians, you can ice fish in BC. And with only a week left in the season (in most places), it’s time to dispel the myth once and for all with the Top Five ice fishing locations in BC:
  • Gear Review: Rapala Clackin’ Minnow & Clackin’ Crank March 17, 2011 Rapala’s new Clackin’ Crank and Clackin’ Minnow feature a single stainless steel ball that transmits a loud cadence rattle that fish not only hear but feel as it produces vibrations through the water. Built for long casting, these lures sport translucent textured bodies with internal holographic foil and are available in 16 colour patterns.
  • Cold Water Survival: Are You Prepared? February 23, 2011 Cold water survival: If you don’t wear a lifejacket, you could be in for a shock. When you head out on the water for a day of pleasure, the last thing you expect is tragedy. But did you know that 90 per cent of boating death victims were not wearing lifejackets? All sports fishermen, hunters and ...
  • Fly Fishing For Lake Trout & Char – Part One: Line Selection January 18, 2011 Fly fishing for species such as lake trout, bull trout or Arctic char in the frigid waters of the north requires some tough, specialized line. Thankfully, Rio Fly Lines have a model lineup that fits the bill perfectly — the company’s Specialty Fly Lines. The Rio Outbound is the ideal line for Arctic char or bull trout, ...
  • Gear Review: Sufix 832 January 18, 2011 Sufix — in partnership with Gore, the makers of Gore-Tex Fabrics — has created a brand new breakthrough in fishing line technology: Sufix 832. Sufix 832 fishing line offers stealth technology that the company claims “will shake the fishing line industry to its core.” The combination of Gore’s expertise in advanced materials, Sufix’s capability and know-how ...
  • Salmon Fishing in Haida Gwaii January 17, 2011 It’s a fact — 4:00 a.m. in the Haida Gwaii is easier than 8:00 a.m. back home will ever be. Bleary-eyed from our wake up call, I breathe deep pure salt air and let the morning chill and the coffee’s kick rouse my senses from slumber. Sunlight hides below the eastern horizon. Above is only the ...
  • Fly Fishing for Pike Gear Selection Tips January 17, 2011 When fly fishing for pike, your first order of business is to equip yourself with the right arsenal. An eight or nine-weight fly rod and lightweight large-arbour reel is the way to go. As far as lines go, this will vary slightly depending on season. Immediately after ice-out, a weight-forward floating line with a 200-grain shooting ...
  • 15 Tips for Successful Angling January 17, 2011 Whatever species of fish you’re angling for, or if you fish in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba — there are things to remember each and every trip that will increase the odds of catching some fish and reduce the chances that the outing will be ruined by misfortune 1 Get Organized I make lists for almost every ...