Checked out a new to me lake. I am always looking for a small lake with now power boat nonsense to fly fish for pike. Because of the lake and not because of fishing I will return in spring.
The annual event got a break from the regulations this year because the general season now extends to the end of the public school break. So, instead of haveing to be the last Sunday of March it can be the last Sunday of March break. In this case the 3rd of April. So the temperatures where down right balmy
Kinda my favorite quick stop warm water fishing spot. On this day I caught one bass (pictures) and one Pike (film) on the spey fly fishing rod.
It is big water.
MacArthur falls is a multi-species location I like because of the low angler pressure and the big water I can fish with my spey and switch type fly rods. Bass pike Walleye and moon eye
Sturgeon Creek is right here in town
good for when a mid week fishing trip is needed
Right in Winnipeg here there are numerous creeks that feed the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Sturgeon Creek is one I frequent.
It has mostly small pike and med carp. On this day I took my 5wt cane rod for a little in town action.
Our annual event. Cold weather not bad fish caught tradition upheld!
Manitoba is covered by 6 months of winter most years. Spring is this ethereal thing that looks and feels more like well more winter. Nonetheless afew of us hardy souls head out to the only open water in the province…the Fairford River!
The water is clear, clean and wade-able. So why don’t I fish it more ofte? Because it is 2-3 hours of the most boring and somewhat dangerous driving in the province.
We hit it the last Sunday in March which coincides with the end of the regular fishing season, Spring Break and the warmest part of the late winter.
Now leading up to this day we had temps in the high 20’s but any other year fishing at the end of March and having a day time high of -1 with no wind would be considered a blessing.
So the Fairford River Freeze Off was on even if only 2 participants from Fly Fishing Manitoba were there.
It was -5 on the wake up in the ‘Peg and 5 degrees cooler at our destination.
At Ashern there was icicles on the trees and signs.
I had a couple of Fly Fishing clients this month. One was a Dell computers employee from Texas. His thing was to fly fish where ever his company sent him.
The next Clients where two teachers from Sudbury. Not a lot of fish caught but one of them got a personal best.