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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, sleighs, snowmobiles, quads and anxiously reading reports on local forums to find the first safe ice that signals the start of the ice fishing season. In Manitoba, the waters of the Red River and the south basin of Lake Winnipeg attract particular attention, … Read more »

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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 about half of the line on your ice fishing reel gets used. (There are exemptions.) That leaves half the line on your reel new and unused. But line that’s been spooled tight over long periods of time causes even the best line to … Read more »

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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 trout have just endured a long winter in lowlight conditions beneath the ice, and trout in smaller, shallower lakes and trout ponds are also dealing with the stresses of low oxygen levels. However, rainbow trout will still be feeding aggressively at this time … Read more »

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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 best, hard water walleye fishing of the year! As soon as a lake freezes over, a magical, underwater phenomenon begins to occur. The underwater environment is suddenly sealed off from the above-water environment and the wind is no longer able to whip and churn … Read more »

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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 to 20 feet of water will often result in all-day action, with plenty of fish in the 35- to 40-inch range, particularly as spring approaches. Tip-ups baited with frozen smelt or sardines represent a presentation favourite, with baits suspended three to six feet off … Read more »

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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: Continue reading Read more »

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