Continued hot, dry weather is causing major concern for people who enjoy the outdoors in this province, especially the backcountry with restricted travel in some regions. For those who have boats and want to visit their favourite lakes, dramatically lowered water levels in some lakes and rivers has made launching a boat something of an adventure. Many anglers are seeing rocks they never knew existed on their home bodies of water. Still, despite all of this fishing has been excellent the first week of the season. For those who fish stocked trout from a portable device such as a float tube, action has been particularly good and you don't have to worry about a boat launch.
After successfully hosting the National Fly Fishing Championships in 2010, Roblin will host its first annual fly-fishing tournament starting on June 1. Bill Pollock, one of the organizers of the Bug Chucker Cup flying fishing tournament has been having good success on Patterson Lake in the Parkland region of Manitoba. He is looking forward to hosting this fun event on a number of different lakes in the region. Pollock says Bench Lake has been added to the list because of the number of big feisty rainbows that have been caught lately. Pollock says the tiger trout fishing in Twin Lakes has been good with nice fat rainbows and brookies cooperating in Persse Lake. For information on this event and lakes in the region visit their website at www.bugchuckercup.com
The Miles Mac Angling Club is back for another year, with more students than ever interested in learning how to fish and raising money for a good cause. The club is once again raising money for the "Kids Fishing for a Cure" organization. All students participating will be getting pledges and organizers Tim Au and Corey Kapilik will be presenting a cheque to the organization on June 2. This earmarked money goes to Child Oncology at Cancer Care Manitoba as well as for taking children who are current or past patients and their families fishing! Last year The Miles Mac Angling Club raised almost $1000. They are hoping to at least match that this year.
On Monday, May 15 the club hit the shores of the mighty Red River at Lockport. With 20 students participating over 90 fish were landed
I was invited down to participate in the event, and spent a great evening helping students learn the in an outs of casting and tying on lures. Most of the fish closer to the locks were caught using a simple 3/8 ounce lead head jig and a twister tail. Tim Au and one of the students hooked up a big channel catfish using this setup and it was fun to watch the fish head to the dam with the young angler hanging on to the rod for dear life! After an intense battle, the fish was finally netted by Tim and this young angler had her picture taken with her first channel catfish. Further down towards the Red River spillway another group of anglers were throwing out pickerel rigs tipped with shiner minnows. Many a carp and silver bass came to shore using this technique. Tim and Corey also make sure to give back to the area, spearheading a riverbank cleanup that produced three full bags of garbage.
All in all it was a great evening with some pretty spectacular fishing, all for a great cause.
Anglers Notes: Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Winnipeg with nice catches of fish on Traverse Bay and the south basin. Those fishing the south basin have been using crankbaits to cover water and the majority of the fish have been a little deeper, three to four metres. In Traverse Bay, jigging scattered rock piles has been a solid producer of eating sized fish. Those looking for some intense action can now catch a ton of white bass below the dam in Pine Falls, a traditional spawning area for these fish.