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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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:
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...