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Going out for a bite

Weather's hot -- fishing's even hotter

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This incredible string of hot weather certainly has not hurt the catfish and goldeye action on the Red River north of Lockport. Anglers are having great success either with shrimp or pieces of fresh goldeye as bait.

This Manitoba delicacy is also being caught in many section of the river using small slip floats and a piece of nightcrawler on a small hook.

The current in the river has decreased dramatically, so a couple small spitshots is all that is need to get to the fish zone. Start out with bait at about a metre of depth, then move the bobber stop as needed to find the correct depth where the goldeye are feeding.

As you read this column, I will be up at Moak Lodge to escape the hot weather and hopefully catch some big fish. Fishing on Cross Bay has been excellent this year and with warm, stable weather hopefully the bite continues.

On a trip at this time last year, we rented a large cabin at Moak Lodge ( on the shore of Cross Bay for three nights -- a good idea, considering the length of the trip and the fact that wind plays an important role in fishing success here. Cross Bay is a flooded reservoir on the upper side of the Grand Rapids dam with plenty of sunken timber. It is also a wide open body of water that generates large waves when the wind blows.

How to catch fall pike: Some anglers think pike are an easy fish to catch. While that can be the case some of the time, large fish that see a lot of angling pressure can be extremely difficult to come by. Time of year certainly plays a factor in fishing success. In the fall, big fish are moving to shallow water again. This was certainly the case last year as cooler overnight temperatures had concentrated the pike on weedlines in three metres of water. Our most effective way to catch these fish was to drift a slip float along the edges of the weeds with frozen ciscoes. We set our stops at two metres or less so the baits would be suspended slightly above the fish and out of the sunken timber as well as the weeds. Drifting the floats was somewhat of a necessity because the heavy wind made boat control an issue. This also allowed us to cover more water to find active fish.

When the wind blows too hard on Cross Bay we trailer back to Grand Rapids to fish the Saskatchewan River were it empties into Lake Winnipeg.

Last year we caught our walleye trolling Berkley Flicker Shads into the current while our friends in the other boat just drifted with the current, using bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with Berkley Power nightcrawlers.

For more on my fishing adventures go to

Fish Winnipeg: It was another sweltering day in Winnipeg this past Tuesday, but the fish were biting for young anglers from the Tuxedo Resource Centre. They were the last of more than 400 young people who participated in the Fish Winnipeg program during July and August.

For many of the more than 400 young people who signed up at community centres all over Winnipeg, it was their first chance at trying to catch a fish. A veteran staff of angling educators made sure their experience was first class. Thanks to April Day and her staff from the City of Winnipeg for making it such a memorable summer for so many.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 31, 2013 C12

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