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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 year my float tube and I spend a healthy amount of time on lakes and reservoirs fishing weed beds for pike, perch and even walleye. And on my first outing this year, I had a heart-stopping experience with a hungry pike. I was fishing … Read more »

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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) from guiding at Canada North Lodge in north-western Ontario’s Sunset County. In the lake we planned to fish that day we traditionally jig shallow cabbage beds for walleye, but today the fish were scattered and likely suspended deeper somewhere. We needed to cover … Read more »

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Aquarium rule My fascination with fish, fishing and nature began early. During high school, I worked part-time at an exotic pet store showcasing extensive tropical and marine fish display tanks. As a general rule, one inch of fish per gallon is healthy and keeps larger species from becoming stunted. In captivity, the larger the aquarium, the larger fish growth potential can be. Imagine if this rule somewhat applied in nature? That would mean larger systems offer more habitats and can support lots of large fish!   An inland Delta Applying this rule to a province like Manitoba could easily fire … Read more »

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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 an angler to start? My all-time favourite species to fish for is walleye. However, I will get my fill of walleye fishing during the tournament season, which starts a week after opening day. In my mind, opening day and opening week, for that matter, … Read more »

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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 my lure. There was no doubt when the fish hit, as my rod was nearly jerked out of my hands. The line peeled off the reel as if the drag wasn’t set with any resistance. The fact of the matter was the drag was … Read more »

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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 time of our lives. Spring pike at Wabamun are almost always in shallow water and we knew that if we covered enough water we’d end up hooking into a big gator, or two, or three. So that’s how we liked to spend our time. … Read more »

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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 fisherman, I was interested in learning more about the potential impacts of CR. My ultimate goal was to better equip myself and other anglers with real, scientific data so that we can make informed decisions on how we actually go about conducting CR. … Read more »

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At the end of our pike fishing, I had the chance to talk with Garrett about playing the fish. It was a very interesting conversation that I had with him. Now, I had the basic idea about fighting the fish, but I wanted to know more. In my research on the Internet, I learned that you want to set the breaking strength at 25 per cent of the tested poundage of the line. So, if you have eight-pound line, you want to set it at two pounds. This is easy enough to do – tie your line to a scale … Read more »

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