Whitefish lake is not too far from where we usually fish so I decided to head there after seeing some nice walleye on Instagram posted by a local. Careful though the water level is down and there are exposed rock islands and large boulders at the launch, stay trimmed up for at least 100-200 yards out. We headed across to a couple underwater islands and started trolling crankbaits. The first to go was a minnow pattern Rapala Tail Dancer. The fish fought long and hard and turned out to be a big northern pike. Not a bad fish for the first fish ever at a lake. Beginners luck I guess. Then we went on to catch some nice walleye as well on crankbaits and jigging a kastmaster. Get out there and try it out seems to be loaded with fish judging by my fish finder.
This is the biggest Northern Pike I have ever caught at Pigeon lake so it was pretty surprising. Even though there is the odd giant pike in the lake they really are few and far between. We caught quite a few pike this day and hopefully it is a good sign for the future. It would be nice to see more big pike again one day in this lake. They sure are fun to catch! I think this was actually 6 pound test when I checked afterward and caught on a Jig and Minnow just when setting up the Jaw Jacker. After watching my underwater footage I actually hooked this fish on the jaw Jacker before this but he got off. That underwater footage to come.
Fly Fishing Alberta, Canada. Guided Fly Fishing in Alberta. Fly Fish Alberta
Fishing show "Angler's View" segment from Shaun Rickard's Urban Outdoor Adventures
I've been fishing for Northern Pike for many years through the ice and tip up fishing is a great way to catch a lot of fish and some hogs. Here's a video on how to make your own monofilament quick strike rig, hook your bait and set an HT Windlass Tip Up. Over the years we seem to catch most of our big pike on the Windlass Tip up. The only trouble in Alberta is that using these can be tough when it is cold since the line freezes in the hole killing the action. On those warm windy days of winter though this is a go to set up!
This has to be one of the most extreme weather ice fishing experiences I have ever fished. The wind was howling and snow blowing filling your hole and covering your gear in a minute or so. Got out there in the dark at Driftwood and hiked out to the middle. Where I drilled it was about 65 feet deep. I was marking fish near the bottom which were slow movers and following the jig but not committing. Then one came in and hit, then I cranked the jig up and he chased it up and grabbed it. The MarCum really comes in handing getting fish to bit. I landed this fish and that was to be all the luck I had. Stayed out until noon but it was just too cold to stay longer. What a crazy day, stunning scenery and sunrise.
A short movie about how important boats can be in someones life. To find out more information go to DiscoverBoating.com
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