On of the most consistent way to catch a meal of rainbow trout from a stocked pond is to use floating dough baits for trout. I prefer to use the Berkley products Powerbait and Gulp Trout Dough. Both of these baits float well and produce a lot of fish. My all round favorite tested in several lakes seems to be Gulp Chunky Cheese in Garlic scent or flavor. The trout go crazy after this bait and if presented well you will be into some great fishing. You will need a 3/8 oz sliding egg sinker, a barrel swivel, 4 pound Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon line and a size 18 treble hook. Very the leader length from 12 inches to 4 feet for best results. I usually start with a leader around 18 inches long. Roll up a ball of bait and cover the treble hook. Then launch it out into the water gently so not to lose the bait. Then the waiting begins and if everything is right with fish in the area you wont have long to wait. So go catch some rainbow trout today at a local pond or lake and give this set up a try.
Our first time to Moose Lake near Bonnyville was a success! We searched all morning but found the walleye hanging on a point with a near by weed bed. The fish reacted very well to a Berkley Havoc swim bait that was cast up on the flat and then hopped down the drop off. They were hitting the lure multiple times every cast. Fishing was fast and furious and ranged in size from 43- 60 cm with the odd Northern Pike thrown in for good measure. This really is a great lake in Alberta if you're looking to catch some beautiful walleye. Don't take my word for it, get out there and try it for yourself. Amazing structural elements as well with tons of points, flats, humps, rivers, weed beds... you name it that lake has it.
Here's our day one fishing Cold Lake with the Family. Was a beautiful day. Cold Lake is one of the few lakes in the province where you can still keep walleye without a tag. This is not due to the abundance of walleye though, I feel rather due to fisheries not managing this as a walleye fishery. What do you guys think??? They don't seem to care what happens to the population sadly. So for now you can keep some but they sure are elusive and after fishing a few days for them I finally managed to catch three. There are much better walleye lakes in the province and if you are just after walleye you probably could spend your time better somewhere else. Consider trying near by Moose Lake or Marie Lake that are loaded with walleye and where you can also keep one for the dinner table. If you do go to Cold Lake you will have a lot more fun fishing for the abundant pike and Lake trout that come in very large sizes at this lake. Hope you enjoy the video.
Trolling for walleye with a spinner rig and night crawler on the downrigger and underwater GoPro Hero. It proved difficult to entice a bite so close to the camera housing and canon ball but two walleye were brave enough to take the worm on camera. The water was a bit murky but you can still see what is going on as the walleye move in and hit the spinner rig with trailing night crawler in 20 feet of water. I'll be trying to get more footage of walleye... I'll just have to find some clear water and crazy walleye action.
Watch as Northern Pike Attack a jointed Salmo Crankbait Underwater. I built an underwater housing to troll with and tried it out for the first time. This is what happened. Filmed at Floatingstone Lake with clear water and the fish were on the prowl. Check out how these water wolves track and pounce on the helpless plug. Personally this is the most epic underwater fishing film I've created this year. Check it out, lots of action and some surprises that I never would have expected if I didn't see it myself.
Spring Fishing Walleye in the first week of June can sometimes be a little tricky. With water temperatures still low the walleye are not always as active as you would expect by mid June. The fish are still moving from their spawning areas back to prime feeding areas. Needless to say a little hide and seek is sometimes needed to begin your walleye fishing day. First try near prime spawning locations and fish shallower than you usually would later in the summer. Walleye can be found in a few feet of water at this time of year around rocky shorelines, creeks or river mouths. If you don't find activity in those locations you should head to structure where you usually find them in mid June. Some fish will have already taken up residence off main lake points, mid lake humps, flats and so on. But this some of year fish will really be keying in on fish holding structure since there isn't really weed growth yet to protect the bait fish from predation. So where ever you find rocky cover for bait fish you will probably find the Walleye. Go for a slower presentation and sometimes tipping with a piece of minnow will work well. If using lures I prefer mid size Cicada's by Reef Runner fished slow along the bottom or small swimbaits. The fish will be eating small forage fish at this time of year and many times are often surviving on fresh water shrimp and may fly larva as I found in some stomach contents this spring. So small presentations will often trigger more strikes. Don't forget to give this a try next time you are out this spring.
This was the first ice fishing season I used Slender Spoons to catch jumbo perch. Wish I would have given them a try earlier. Caught many perch and walleye on this lure during this ice fishing season. What a great addition to your winter tackle box by.
Yellow Perch Ice Fishing underwater video with HD GoPro Hero 3 plus video in high speed. Amazingly clear shots again and fun to watch in high speed. Also seems like a minnow got snagged while jigging a Cicada . Good thing the perch know it's illegal to you like minnows in Alberta so they left it alone.
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Underwater camera set up to film the Jaw Jacker. I didn't realize it had been set off earlier and this is what resulted underwater during that time. I'm amazed how clear this Hero 3+ is. Really spectacular images in HD. Too bad there weren't a few more perch around that were interested in biting this day. It was fun to watch them chase the minnows around anyways.
Ice Fishing for Big Pike at Pinehurst Lake Alberta. This is one of the lakes I enjoy going to since if feels wild and you have the chance to catch a nice pike. Maybe not the greatest numbers, but there are a few larger fish around. Headed out with my mom and got set up around noon. Caught a couple nice pike and a smaller one. Also had a bunch of dropped baits... I guess we'll never know how big those ones were. All fish caught on Windlass Tip Up.
Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta is known for great walleye fishing and this was my first experience on the lake during the hard water season. Supposedly 90 % of the fish spawn in the river running into the west side of the lake. Since we were fishing the first week of March and spring was coming it seemed like the West side of the lake would be an obvious choice to try. We drove onto the lake and noticed a line of ice huts. We picke a location and drilled some holes and noted these shacks were not on any structure. So we drilled towards shore until we found to drop off from 30 feet of water up to 10 feet. As soon as we got onto the drop we started to nail the walleye. They were very concentrated in this location and the action was steady for the first few hours. It tapered off later during the day but we continued to catch walleye, pike and tulibee. In the afternoon we tried our deeper holes near the ice hut depth and ended up catching a couple nice perch and more walleye. What a great day for our first time ice fishing the lake.