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.
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!
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.
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.
Headed back to Quarry Lake in Canmore Alberta with my dad to see if we could land some Grayling from the pond. We fished the last hour and a half of light and caught four nice grayling all on bead head nymphs and chroni's. This lake has a bait ban and catch and release only as they use the eggs to harvest for the hatchery.
Fishing Hermitage Park Pond for Rainbow Trout under the ice is always something I like to try when home for Christmas. This is late in the season for these rainbows and sometimes they aren't very active as the oxygen levels in the lake fall. I got out to the lake around sunrise although it was cloudy so I didn't see it. I wasn't getting any hits in a usual spot so I moved across the pond to another spot. Right around noon I had the first hit on the Jaw Jacker and lost him at the hole. Lowered back down and soon had a nice 16 inch rainbow. I underestimated in the video at 14 inches. After that the bites were on and off. But must have had 15 fish on the line and hits on the Jaw Jacker but only ended up getting four on the ice. It was a lot of fun. Check out the video for all the details and how you can catch more fish at Hermitage Park pond. Get out there before they winterkill. The action was fast and furious in the afternoon.
Here's my first video with the GoPro Hero 3+ out Rainbow Trout Fishing on a neighbor's Trout Pond. Had some amazing afternoon action with the Jaw Jacker. Crazy good action with some fat rainbows.
These are a few fishing fails that have been captured overt the last few months of fishing. Check it out. I'm sure with the cameras rolling all the time there will be more. Bill Dance Fishing Fails its time to move over the Doctor is in the house, haha! More Bloopers to come I'm sure.
This was one of those perfect fall evenings with glass calm conditions and minimal cloud cover. The temperature had also warmed up. All the stars were aligned and we were hot on the spot. The Walleye Feeding frenzy went on for over an hour into the darkness with crazy fast action. What a night. What great fun. I was using a slip bobber so you the viewer can feel like you're right there with me feeling the bite. These work great for light biting fish and those who want a dead still bait. Give it a try next time you're out there fishing the fall bite. Everyone deserves a few good nights out like this!
Fishing with the family in a 12 foot aluminum Springbok and 9.9 HP Johnson. Sure doesn't take much to have a whole lot of fun. In the age of high tech fancy everything you can still catch fish with a small boat and a big heart! Check out the action from a summer day in July out on the water. We were slamming the walleye and caught a few perch and pike as the sun drifted low on the horizon. I love summer evening fishing on a calm lake!