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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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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 and knowledgeable information on hunting, fishing and a variety of related subjects concerning the outdoors. And now, Western Sportsman is hitting the walleye trail. Western Sportsman magazine, Two Guys Hunting, Lyman Lures, Tracker Boats, and of course me, will be competing this season at variety … 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! 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 felt like something hit the jig with a hammer and the fight was on! I set the hook and watched the rod bend, the fish pulling in that typical walleye head-shake way until an emerald green shadow appeared and moments later the fish was … 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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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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