Sometimes searching for perch pays off. Go on the hunt for them early in the year and you may just be into them all season long. Another great lure is the Kastmaster while fishing for those winter perch. It has great action and a lot of flash. The chrome and blue seems to work best in Alberta and the Gold is also a great option if you're after Jumbo Perch.
We all have dreams of that one Jumbo Perch who hangs around the hole all day and never commits. This video is dedicated to all us fishermen who have sat over a hole in the ice all day to catch that one fish. This is the underwater story of the Jumbo Perch.
This video was taken on the same day that I also captured the underwater video of fishing with Northland Tackles Gill-Getter. The perch were not interested at all in the Gill-Getter, but when I dropped the Reef Runner Cicada down in Chartreuse and Glow they were attacking it without hesitation. Check out the underwater footage and how some of the Jumbo Yellow Perch inhale this Cicada! These perch were on the prowl chasing down shiners and spread out over this sand flat. The Cicada can really draw the fish in with its flash and vibration over a long distance. It also helps you key in on those bigger fish and keeps some of the smaller fish away. Give them a try next time you're on the hunt for jumbo perch.
So I didn't think it would be a big deal to make a short documentary of the Alberta Fisheries Management Test Netting in Alberta. Turns out that I was wrong. They did not want us to video the nets being pulled. They stated pictures were fine, but no video. It is too bad because I thought the biologist shared a lot of good information with us. I tried to repeat what he said in this video. Talking with them really changed my view a lot regarding the whole activity of test netting. They were nice, both boats called us right on over so that they could tell us what they were doing. Sorry I had to blur most of the video to protect their identity. I still think you get good picture of what is going on. I know this testing seems to be a controversial subject, but I think if they were more open to the public and wouldn't try to be so secretive maybe they would be more accepted. Or are they doing something wrong? Tell me what you think.
Went out one morning to Floatingstone lake since I was reading on iFishAlberta the summer fishing has been very good for pike and walleye with the closure. I went out to see what could be caught. Approaching a new body of water can be tough, but I studied the depth charts, tried by the iceshacks, and off some points with drop offs. Turns out I didn't have a fabulous morning, but it wasn't awful. Caught a walleye at first light a few pike and some micro perch. Not sure if there are many good sized perch in there. Good luck if you head out just remember there is a bait ban (maggots meal worms only) and a 0 keep limit for pike and walleye. Got a nice shot of a pike sitting on the bottom below my hole with a GoPro Hero.
How to Catch Brood Stock Rainbow Trout Ice Fishing with Berkley Power Nymph and micro jig. The province of Alberta often stocks their worn out brood stock rainbows into ponds and lakes accross the province. You can find out which lakes get these stockings by looking at the stocking list published by the province. These fish average 55 cm but can be as large as 5-7 pounds. This was my first time out on the ice this year and didn't have the MarCum along. I sure felt like I was fishing blind but still managed a couple nice rainbows. These Berkley Powernymphs work really well and are a great alternative if you forget to buy some live bait.
Wolf Lake Fishing for Water Wolves. We had a super heavy snow year, there was 4 feet of snow in the bush around the lake. If it weren't for the warm weather and 100 km winds a few days before I don't think we would have got on the lake. A trapper had made one rutted trail across the lake to his cabin. Couldn't get out to the spot I had fished before years ago. So we headed back to a point adjacent a shallow flat dropping into the North lake basin. Only managed one larger pike, not huge but fun to catch. Northern Pike were biting great and had flags going constantly, two three at a time. Great size range of fish in this lake. All fish caught on Windlass tip ups with quick strike rigs. Also was fishing with my 2 year old daughter who tried to catch some and got one with the help of mom.
Fall walleye can sometimes be difficult to find. Using a slow troll or drift with a bottom bouncer and spinner rig tipped with a night crawler can help you find those fish over key pieces of structure. When conditions are right this set up can really produce well all year and especially when the leaves turn yellow and autumn is in the air. Watch this video for a few tips on rigging and running your bottom bouncers to catch more walleye this fall.
The boy's Catching a Big Pike Ice Fishing at Slave Lake!