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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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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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On Sunday, July 7, after our morning of exploring Graham Lake and fishing on our own, we packed up the floatplane and made the short flight over to Johnston Lake. I don’t think I will every forget taking those plane rides. The sheer terror and beauty of being in a sardine can while flying over top of the Northwest Territories is something that everybody should experience. Peter, our pilot, made a smooth landing onto Johnston Lake and we got everything unpacked. There were two boats and fish finders already waiting on the rocky shore. Gord, owner of Yellow Dog Lodge … Read more »

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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 too much of the same: same bait, same spot, same pod of fish. To remedy things I look for opportunities to interject some variety, which, as the saying goes, “is the spice of life.” If your walleye outings have become a touch too … Read more »

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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 to resist our favourite baits, are apt to move to less intrusive areas or simply develop the dreaded ‘lock jaw’ affliction. Adapting and changing your mindset can help put the odds back in your favour – and give you the edge when casting … Read more »

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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 Them the Boot A swimbait is one of my favourite lures to cover water quickly when searching for walleye. As their diet is heavily reliant on fish, using a four to six-inch swimbait appeals to a walleye’s preference and desire for a belly-filling … Read more »

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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 has shrunk a remarkable amount in recent years. A leaky row boat with a worm and straight hook dangling under a bobber was all it took for my brother and me to catch a stringer full of fat and sassy slab sided walleye. … Read more »

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