PIKE/WALLEYE

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