What will the next months bring for those of us who like to explore new water and adventures? In my line of work, I like to visit new places to write about. In the last year and a half that has been pretty much non-existent. I did have one fly-in trip with my family and that has been the highlight of my COVID-restricted adventures.
I am now fully immunized so theoretically should be able to move around the country a bit. It doesn’t mean I am bulletproof, but with proper care and caution it should mean a return to fishing opportunities with more than just my family.
There is a fly-in trip planned to northern Saskatchewan to a lodge that is hoping to attract customers. I just hope to get out to the wilderness I love to enjoy new experiences and adventures. It is also a chance to reconnect with old friends who also make their living in the fishing industry as writers. It will feel very strange to get back to what I have been doing for a lifetime. I will let you know how it goes.
The winds of change are blowing across the Prairies on needed fisheries management. Sparked by COVID-19, and the need to stay close to home, the outdoors have become the place to be.
With the bad comes the good, but also the need to adjust. With a huge influx of anglers new to the sport, the pressure on our aquatic resources has increased substantially.
So much so, that resource managers from coast to coast have recognized the need for regulation changes.
In Manitoba, those changes have been in the works for a while, fuelled by the anglers and stakeholders themselves, who for years, knew this day would come.
Despite the push, it has been hard for governments to feel the need to change the status quo. With a willingness to offer constructive advice and support organizations such as the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, Swan Valley Sport Fishing and Fish Futures have made a difference.
There is always one last piece required for change and that is a government willing to listen and make the final commitment for change. So far that has happened in this province with the current government.
This spring the Manitoba Fisheries Department released a comprehensive plan to overhaul fisheries management in Manitoba.
This 10-page document is called Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy- Managing our World-class Fisheries, it can be found at manitobafisheries.com.
As we head into July, there will be plenty of opportunity to book a trip at a lodge or other accommodations. This is especially true in Northwestern Ontario with the U.S Border closed until at least July 21. There is myriad great lakes to fish in both Manitoba and Ontario and you might want to book that trip earlier than later. It is a great way to spend time with your family and do something you might never get the chance to do otherwise.
We have one family trip planned for the August long weekend. It has now become a priority every summer that we get to spend one fishing adventure together. We are so fortunate to have such a wide variety of places to choose from. One of the most impressive fly-in lodges that I have been to, for both convenience and first-class service, is Sasa-Ginni-Gak Lodge. Owned by Northway Aviation, you can schedule a trip pretty much anytime you want given the flexibility allowed with owning an aviation company. The cabins are first class, and so are the boats and the fishing. Check them out at saslodge.com.