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Good call Groovey! Since we have several fisherfolk on the board and a new fishing season upon us, we need...

A place to discuss fishing! No matter the style or area. Saltwater, freshwater, open-water, hard-water, still, spin, fly, jiggin', trollin', spear lol, er whatever floats your boat as long as it's legal and ya ain't poaching let's talk fishnnn!

I'll fish any style anywhere anytime but if it's my choice I'm two feet and a heartbeat, blazing ever so light trail, on a mountain stream/river, with me flyrod in hand. Though wrangling monster sturgeon from the SSR is always fun too haha!

Unfortunately for me, due to reconstructive surgery to my wrist (in my dominant arm) in late Jan and further complications since, I won't be casting a line for awhile, possibly months ...this absolutely breaks my heart. But... where there's a will, there's a way! Been thinking of buying a drone and then rig it up to jig over lakes (don't need my wrist for that haha), kidding.

Anyways, good luck on the water this season folks. Stay safe and have fun out there. Look forward to the stories present, past, and beyond!

note) it could be argued this thread should be in the 'Other Sports' forum depending on how peeps view fishing. I don't really care, I fish for fun and don't really view it as a sport.

Fish On!!!

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Back in the early 1990s, a friend and I guided fishing trips on the Bow River for 4 years. We met some very interesting people from Germany, Israel, and the U.S.A. We averaged one 20" trout (around 3 lbs.) every 30 minutes. Every year we hooked into 15 lb.+ trout but never managed to land any of them.

Two years ago the same friend bought an 18 foot fibreglass boat (ex- Alberta Fisheries) with a 70 HP jet motor, so now we can run up river whenever we want.

Last November, we took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I caught a Striped Marlin and we both caught several Dorado, Bonito, and Needlefish. We released the Marlin and Needlefish, the Dorado and Bonito tasted fantastic fried in butter and garlic.

 

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I'm likin' this thread Happy... I've actually got something to look forward to! lol

I'm in Ontario, so the delicious Walleye is my main quarry. If you're going after Muskie jigging with a drone, I'm imagining the scene from Jaws 2 with the helicopter... is your wrist too damaged to simply switch hands, like Rocky 2?

Anyway, as for pics, the size limit here is .21 MB... we'll have to either dial the settings way down on our modern cameras, or figure out how to reduce size/resolution on Photoshop or something...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walleye is probably my favourite fish to eat, fresh or saltwater.

I've lived most of my life in Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Manitoba, and began fishing when I was 6 years old.

Every time I go out fishing, I can feel the stress leaving my body very quickly.

Nature & fresh air is always a great tonic for the body, mind, & soul.

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18 hours ago, GrooveyAsh said:

I'm likin' this thread Happy... I've actually got something to look forward to! lol

I'm in Ontario, so the delicious Walleye is my main quarry. If you're going after Muskie jigging with a drone, I'm imagining the scene from Jaws 2 with the helicopter... is your wrist too damaged to simply switch hands, like Rocky 2?

Anyway, as for pics, the size limit here is .21 MB... we'll have to either dial the settings way down on our modern cameras, or figure out how to reduce size/resolution on Photoshop or something...

Haha, yeah a drone might not work for Muskie! You ever fish for them?

As for the wrist it's one step at a time, doc inserted 3 pins (3" steel nails that stick right out of my skin!) through a couple bones in my wrist 2.5 months ago and 2 of them still remain in, scheduled to come out on the 13th then it's a buncha physio. They were to come out in 5 weeks, it's been 9 and counting. Fun fun fun. But enough about that.

I'm not a big fish eater and so I release most fish I catch but I do agree that of all the freshwater fish I've tried I enjoyed Walleye the best. Heard their cheeks are the treasure but have never tried them. They've made it quite hard to harvest Walleye out west here now. Smoked candied Trout is pretty good too. Saltwater fish is a different story, most of what I've eaten I've liked, Halibut probably at the top of the list.

Just kidding about pics, I have a hard enough time trying to figure out how to post a pic from the Internet let alone resize one of my own and post it haha. I trust your words. Fishermen never lie.;):huh::th_rolf:

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12 hours ago, 420since1974 said:

Every time I go out fishing, I can feel the stress leaving my body very quickly.

Nature & fresh air is always a great tonic for the body, mind, & soul.

Amen to this.

I wish I had started as young as you, went out with grandpa a couple times when young but never found the real passion till I was 30ish doh!! Better late then never and a dozen yrs later it has far and away become my favourite hobby. Teaching junior now and he's loving it!

Sounds like you've caught some nice Saltwater species there 420, good stuff! I'm only fished the Pacific a couple times many yrs back  outta a kayak lol. Was a blast though, crossed around small islands (can't recall their names.. Dendy? rings a bell). Didn't catch nothing special apparently (flounder, redfish, dogfish-which at the time I thought I had caught a shark haha they look identical) but it was one of my first real fishing experiences and I was hooked for life. 

The Bow riv is a gem I'm just starting to explore. Why did I wait so long! Only been out wading a couple times on the fly, managed a small brown and rainbow, lost a couple big girls in epic battles. Went out with the spin rod from shore a few months ago, awesome to be able to open-water fish in middle of winter. Landed both a 20" brown and bow yahooo! Now to do that outta the bow on the fly is another challenge I can't wait to tackle. You must have seen some Big Bow River Bullets back in your guiding days, jealous I am!

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15 hours ago, 420since1974 said:

Walleye is probably my favourite fish to eat, fresh or saltwater.

I've lived most of my life in Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Manitoba, and began fishing when I was 6 years old.

Every time I go out fishing, I can feel the stress leaving my body very quickly.

Nature & fresh air is always a great tonic for the body, mind, & soul.

Jumbo perch, while harder to find, is like freakin candy... eyes just roll back in your head, savoring the moment.... man, I'm drooling just thinking about it...

Also, while a bit of work to catch and prepare, a mess of crayfish is absolutely amazing... I got the recipe when I was in New Orleans, OK,now I'm hungry...

 

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3 hours ago, HappyHappy said:

Haha, yeah a drone might not work for Muskie! You ever fish for them?

As for the wrist it's one step at a time, doc inserted 3 pins (3" steel nails that stick right out of my skin!) through a couple bones in my wrist 2.5 months ago and 2 of them still remain in, scheduled to come out on the 13th then it's a buncha physio. They were to come out in 5 weeks, it's been 9 and counting. Fun fun fun. But enough about that.

I'm not a big fish eater and so I release most fish I catch but I do agree that of all the freshwater fish I've tried I enjoyed Walleye the best. Heard their cheeks are the treasure but have never tried them. They've made it quite hard to harvest Walleye out west here now. Smoked candied Trout is pretty good too. Saltwater fish is a different story, most of what I've eaten I've liked, Halibut probably at the top of the list.

Just kidding about pics, I have a hard enough time trying to figure out how to post a pic from the Internet let alone resize one of my own and post it haha. I trust your words. Fishermen never lie.;):huh::th_rolf:

There are lakes with Muskie around here but no, I've never went after them. 

I also release most of what I catch... I find the smaller the fish, the tastier. Usually with Wallies, 2-2.5 lbs. is the max size I will eat, plus the bigger ones produce more young ones down the road anyway, so it's a win-win. And yes, Halibut is pretty awesome. Actually, every time I watch a Jets game and they say Hellebuyck's name I hear 'halibut' and think of Homer Simpson: "Mmmm-mmmm.... halibuuuuut..."

 

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Some good convo going on! Walleye is my fav as well but do enjoy trout and perch as well. I also release almost all the fish a catch. I only keep one when I’m cooking er up immediately! Hey 420 where is a good area to fish the bow with easy access?

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Happy is right. The Bow River is truly a gem. The Alberta Fish & Wildlife Department estimates the trout population in the Bow River at 2500 catch-able trout per river mile. It has been rated as one of the top trout fishing rivers in the world.

 

Here is a link to all of the boat launches within Calgary:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1FMWXg45If_GVFl3QN0yeXpH2Epo&ll=50.97610071058498%2C-113.97272553601073&z=9

 

We do most of our fishing between Calgary and Carsland. There are five boat launches along the most productive stretch of the Bow River.

Fish Creek Park, Policeman's Flats, MacKinnon Flats, Legacy Island, and Carsland.

Link to map: https://bowrivertrout.org/bow-river-boat-ramps/

 

Fly fishing can be a lot of fun, but if you really want to catch and release lots of fish, spinners are the best lure for the Bow River.

The best blade colours/patterns are Nickel, Brass, Brown Trout, & Rainbow Trout. Most of the fluorescent colours work well when water clarity is poor.

Some days, even crank-baits work. I've caught more than a few 25" Rainbow Trout on brown trout pattern Rat-L-Traps and rainbow pattern Rapalas.

Most of the fish caught are Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. . But, I have also caught Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Burbot, Northern Pike, and a few Bull, Lake, & Cutthroat Trout,  (even a couple of rare Rainbow/Cutthroat crosses).

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2 hours ago, 420since1974 said:

Happy is right. The Bow River is truly a gem. The Alberta Fish & Wildlife Department estimates the trout population in the Bow River at 2500 catch-able trout per river mile. It has been rated as one of the top trout fishing rivers in the world.

 

Here is a link to all of the boat launches within Calgary:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1FMWXg45If_GVFl3QN0yeXpH2Epo&ll=50.97610071058498%2C-113.97272553601073&z=9

 

We do most of our fishing between Calgary and Carsland. There are five boat launches along the most productive stretch of the Bow River.

Fish Creek Park, Policeman's Flats, MacKinnon Flats, Legacy Island, and Carsland.

Link to map: https://bowrivertrout.org/bow-river-boat-ramps/

 

Fly fishing can be a lot of fun, but if you really want to catch and release lots of fish, spinners are the best lure for the Bow River.

The best blade colours/patterns are Nickel, Brass, Brown Trout, & Rainbow Trout. Most of the fluorescent colours work well when water clarity is poor.

Some days, even crank-baits work. I've caught more than a few 25" Rainbow Trout on brown trout pattern Rat-L-Traps and rainbow pattern Rapalas.

Most of the fish caught are Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. . But, I have also caught Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Burbot, Northern Pike, and a few Bull, Lake, & Cutthroat Trout,  (even a couple of rare Rainbow/Cutthroat crosses).

Thanks for that 420. I’m gonna give it a shot this year. Appreciate it!

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I am totally against ice-fishing huts. They're there 24/7 with lines in the water, in some 'hotspots' it looks like a small village on ice, and besides the depletion of fish stock, there's garbage left everywhere. The MNR does relatively nothing to manage this, but God forbid you don't have a whistle or a floating rope when they pull you over during the summer.

The first trip to camp after ice-off is usually a slow one, since there's always leftover crap floating on the surface that you have to look out for. When I was a kid, I would always catch a few lake trout within a few hours steel-lining it. Last year I went at it all day, bouncing big Williams spoons off of shoals as usual, but didn't even get a bite. What I did catch however: a T-shirt, optical frames and a big wadded-up ball of tin foil. 

OK, rant over...

 

 

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1 minute ago, GrooveyAsh said:

I am totally against ice-fishing huts. They're there 24/7 with lines in the water, in some 'hotspots' it looks like a small village on ice, and besides the depletion of fish stock, there's garbage left everywhere. The MNR does relatively nothing to manage this, but God forbid you don't have a whistle or a floating rope when they pull you over during the summer.

The first trip to camp after ice-off is usually a slow one, since there's always leftover crap floating on the surface that you have to look out for. When I was a kid, I would always catch a few lake trout within a few hours steel-lining it. Last year I went at it all day, bouncing big Williams spoons off of shoals as usual, but didn't even get a bite. What I did catch however: a T-shirt, optical frames and a big wadded-up ball of tin foil. 

OK, rant over...

 

 

I'm not sure how it works out East. In my particular neck of the woods in SouthEast AB I believe there is only 2-3 conservation officers in the field at once and they have to cover a vast area, huge. Should be many more. Funding is a big issue in AB. Anyway, hard for them to cover several hundreds of kms and catch everyone breaking regulations. If one leaves their shack to sink, full charges should be laid, rightfully so. I believe it should be mandatory for any permanent ice shack to have owner name and phone # on front door of shack, thus making them more accountable for their actions. 

If a shack/tent is up permanently for the winter that is a right fisherfolk have. As long one is there and able to tend to their line nothing illegal about that. I have learned through xp that a grouping/village of shacks is not always the best route. I've witnessed several times that one group shows up, the next truck assumes they are in a hotspot so they fish close to the 1st group, and so it goes, soon an ice village has formed. But nobody is catching Jack. Meanwhile I'll go to a calmer spot where the smart fish are (away from the village) and it's  fish on! 

As for other's negligence on ice and their debris, I can't defend that. The unwritten rule is try to leave an area cleaner then it looked when you got there. I follow that rule. Might be a yellow puddle on the ice here and there after I'm done my day but that's about it, haha. If ya have a fire on the ice, believe it or not those ashes impact our waters and its best to have a ash drop, haul out the ashes and dispose of accordingly, don't leave them on the ice.

I'm picking up what your laying down Groovey and it disappoints me too. If you see an infraction just report it, snap pics if possible and try to get plates #s. Do not take matters into your own hands.

my rant over.

Nice Walter btw, piggy! I am convinced the next recorded Canadian record for Walleye will come out of either Lake Newell here in AB, or the SSR also here in AB. Call it home province prejudice lol. I'll send ya a pic when I catch her.??

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6 minutes ago, HappyHappy said:

I'm not sure how it works out East. In my particular neck of the woods in SouthEast AB I believe there is only 2-3 conservation officers in the field at once and they have to cover a vast area, huge. Should be many more. Funding is a big issue in AB. Anyway, hard for them to cover several hundreds of kms and catch everyone breaking regulations. If one leaves their shack to sink, full charges should be laid, rightfully so. I believe it should be mandatory for any permanent ice shack to have owner name and phone # on front door of shack, thus making them more accountable for their actions. 

If a shack/tent is up permanently for the winter that is a right fisherfolk have. As long one is there and able to tend to their line nothing illegal about that. I have learned through xp that a grouping/village of shacks is not always the best route. I've witnessed several times that one group shows up, the next truck assumes they are in a hotspot so they fish close to the 1st group, and so it goes, soon an ice village has formed. But nobody is catching Jack. Meanwhile I'll go to a calmer spot where the smart fish are (away from the village) and it's  fish on! 

As for other's negligence on ice and their debris, I can't defend that. The unwritten rule is try to leave an area cleaner then it looked when you got there. I follow that rule. Might be a yellow puddle on the ice here and there after I'm done my day but that's about it, haha. If ya have a fire on the ice, believe it or not those ashes impact our waters and its best to have a ash drop, haul out the ashes and dispose of accordingly, don't leave them on the ice.

I'm picking up what your laying down Groovey and it disappoints me too. If you see an infraction just report it, snap pics if possible and try to get plates #s. Do not take matters into your own hands.

my rant over.

Nice Walter btw, piggy! I am convinced the next recorded Canadian record for Walleye will come out of either Lake Newell here in AB, or the SSR also here in AB. Call it home province prejudice lol. I'll send ya a pic when I catch her.??

I rarely ice-fish, preferring to be on the water, so all I see are the results of Icehutvilles... I see too much pressure on the fish stock and the garbage. The MNR is responsible for maintaining said stocks, and if I'm seeing a huge drop in numbers, they must see it too. Seems to me that it's only logical that reduced catch limits or some sort of abbreviated season should be implemented to control things better. 

 

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6 hours ago, GrooveyAsh said:

I rarely ice-fish, preferring to be on the water, so all I see are the results of Icehutvilles... I see too much pressure on the fish stock and the garbage. The MNR is responsible for maintaining said stocks, and if I'm seeing a huge drop in numbers, they must see it too. Seems to me that it's only logical that reduced catch limits or some sort of abbreviated season should be implemented to control things better. 

 

Just be careful not to generalize. Imo, most fisherfolk know the rules, some just choose to ignore them.  Bad apples ruin the whole bunch. For those that don't read the regs, reap the repercussions. I'll dig up the #s and if you think it's bad out east wait till you see the #s out west. There is probably more lakes in Manitoba then there are fisherfolk in AB lol, ok not that bad, but pretty bad. Consider yourself lucky. 

The beauty of the Bow River is there is no beauty. It's likely the world's best trout fishery and absolutely beyond disgusting at the same time. Litter, litter, litter. I have a hard time enjoying fishing while surrounded by noise and litter. This why I never took to the Bow. But the fish are there. 420 has it right, that is the best stretch of water, from city to Cars. McS, before hitting the bow do yourself a favour and pick up a map from TFS or one of the local fishing stores. Ample maps of the Bow and prime spots to fish from shore or boat. Heads up though, if u rip by me on a jet boat while I'm wading or you attempt to invade a hole I'm fishing, don't be surprised if I pull out my slingshot and start slinging rocks at you haha. If you approach me I will dig deeper into my pockets, and your boat won't be able to go fast enough. Kidding, sorta.

Tight lines fellas.

 

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The fishing pressure in Alberta is very high as there are fewer than 800 lakes & rivers that contain catch-able fish.

Compare that to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Ontario, where there are literally tens of thousands of lakes to choose from.

 

If you want to help get rid of some of the litter, I would suggest that you join in the annual cleanup that first began in 1967.

It takes place on the first Sunday each May.

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Volunteer/Pathway-River-Cleanup/Pathway-and-River-clean-up.aspx

Most of the trash seems to come from non-fisher-folk, specifically the drunken yahoos floating down the river in their dinghies.

Watching them use the Bow as their garbage pail tempts me to swamp a few of them.

Kidding, sorta.

 

Not to worry Happy, we slowly putt-putt along in our jet boat, whenever we are passing waders or drift boats.

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I'm not much of a fisherman - I've been skunked in some of the best water a n y w h e r e!  However, I do enjoy the calm and peace that comes with fishing; in fact, I pack a rod in my car just in case I happen along a nice stream or river and enjoy a break (no lures - just practice casting).

With the empirical evidence of the therapeutic value of fishing, it should be covered under the health plan!

Enjoy boys...tight lines and loose women!!

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5 hours ago, RapierShot said:

I'm not much of a fisherman - I've been skunked in some of the best water a n y w h e r e!  However, I do enjoy the calm and peace that comes with fishing; in fact, I pack a rod in my car just in case I happen along a nice stream or river and enjoy a break (no lures - just practice casting).

With the empirical evidence of the therapeutic value of fishing, it should be covered under the health plan!

Enjoy boys...tight lines and loose women!!

Haha good stuff Rap! Agreed!

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6 hours ago, 420since1974 said:

The fishing pressure in Alberta is very high as there ares fewer than 800 lakes & rivers that contain catch-able fish.

Compare that to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Ontario, where there are literally tens of thousands of lakes to choose from.

 

If you want to help get rid of some of the litter, I would suggest that you join in the annual cleanup that first began in 1967.

It takes place on the first Sunday each May.

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Volunteer/Pathway-River-Cleanup/Pathway-and-River-clean-up.aspx

Most of the trash seems to come from non-fisher-folk, specifically the drunken yahoos floating down the river in their dinghies.

Watching them use the Bow as their garbage pail tempts me to swamp a few of them.

Kidding, sorta.

 

Not to worry Happy, we slowly putt-putt along in our jet boat, whenever we are passing waders or drift boats.

Great post 420. Thx for links.

Ftr, I was kidding about the slingshot lol, I'm harmless out there.?  Also, I understand boats sometimes have to follow certain paths due to water levels, obstacles, etc... I actually like it sometimes if the fishing is slow and a boat or two goes by, moving them feeshies around.

Tight lines.:)

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Strangely enough, it is the lack of natural biomass that makes the Alberta lakes and rivers so great to fish.

With less natural food to choose from , Alberta fish more readily take to artificial lures, making the fishing easier.

Spinners rule!

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On 4/7/2018 at 1:36 AM, HappyHappy said:

Just be careful not to generalize. Imo, most fisherfolk know the rules, some just choose to ignore them.

 

I agree....I'm just saying that I think the rules regarding ice fishing are inadequate to maintain a healthy population. To maintain the moose population for instance, only a certain amount of tags are issued, thus limiting the amount of hunters who are allowed to take game, and only for a short period of time. When it comes to the number of ice huts there are no such limitations. And it's today's kids, and future generations that will miss out on the fun if this continues, IMO. 

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Went out to Cypress Hills AB the other day to check conditions and do some feeeshing. Most of the stocked trout lakes (which are pretty much the only places ya can fish right now around here due to seasonal closures) are still thick with ice. The lake we fished had easily 16" of ice with snow on top. Windy as heck and tough fishing. Between 3 of us we only managed 4 trout in 3 hrs of fishing, and no bites in between. Not good for a lake I can usually catch 20-50 trout through the ice on a good day. Coulda just been one of those days but I suspect winter kill. There are several lakes in that area and I've heard reports about all of them that the fishing is not so good and lotsa ice and snow. With the long winter and snow remaining on the ice for so long I have a hunch winter kill is gonna happen to many Southern lakes this year, doh. Not a big deal as most these lakes are stocked trout lakes that will be restocked anyway but they are my go-to while I wait for streams and rivers to open! Can't wait for open water everywhere! Be gone with you winter, be gone!!

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Yaaaaay, spring has finally sprung!????????????? 

Needed to test out my gimp wrist, physiotherapist said "absolutely fishing would be good exercise" so how could I not!:P Despite the ridiculous winds I ventured around the shores and fished several spots looking for coverage as I fished for pretty small rainbows, the lake average is probably around 10-12", but fish or not, a day outdoors on the water beats most other things afaic. Only managed 2 fish in two hrs or so of fishing but low and behold BAM caught my personal best at that lake, 17" beauty! Quick pic and measurement and back she went to be caught another day haha. I wouldn't normally measure a fish of this size but for this lake she was a piggie and my fisherfolk friends wouldn't have believed me hahah. You know how it is. Felt great to be out and the wrist held up well. Was too windy for the flyrod so went with a tiny lightweight spin caster and chucked oversized leetch imitations at them (Big presentation equals Big fish!). The critters were abundant and it was a great day out on the lake. The sunshine on my back was indeed welcomed. Had plenty space in my backpack so picked up some debris as I went. Collected about 2 bux in cans/bottles, a full can of bug spray, a golf ball, and a loaded shotgun shell, amongst other general human litter. Almost thought I was gonna get the beats from the geese as I stumbled upon a nest full of eggs. Mama goose shot outta the nest and on to the lake beside apparently papa goose and they were not happy with my presence near her nest haha. Spouting goose profanity at me the whole time! I didn't get close to her nest and backed away. Unfortunately it stood between me and a spot I really wanted to fish. Awe well, I'll fish that spot another day, I was just glad to not get the Goose Bumps!:)

Tight lines...

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Good stuff Happy! Glad to hear your wrist is holding up. Looks like you're still gonna need lots more 'angling-physio' though... heh.

I'm still champing at the bit to get out to camp and getting some line wet, but there's still a lot of ice on the lakes, so late this year.... grrrrrrr...Supposed to get very warm as of tomorrow though, boat's getting touch-up paint, trailer bearings greased...etc.... can't wait!

Early to bed, early to rise, fish like hell, and make up lies!

 

 

 

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My fishing partner & I were upgrading his jet boat over this weekend.

The Johnson 70 HP, 3 cylinder, 2-stroke engine has been completely rebuilt top to bottom by a professional auto marine shop.

We installed a 20 gallon fuel cell in the front, and decked it over with hatches for the fuel connections and anchor storage. We ran Kraloy PVC tubing (front to back) to protect the fuel line.

We also built a custom mounting bracket for the Mercury 4 HP, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine which we will use for trolling and as our emergency backup. There is a separate 5 gallon fuel cell for this motor at the stern.

Additionally, we installed a swivel fishing seat on top of the front bench, replaced a fuse-able link in the trailer wiring, and repacked the axle bearings.

I can't wait to get it on the water. We're hoping to troll for some early season Lake Trout at Ghost Lake; just waiting for the ice to come off.

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On April 29, 2018 at 5:42 PM, 420since1974 said:

My fishing partner & I were upgrading his jet boat over this weekend.

The Johnson 70 HP, 3 cylinder, 2-stroke engine has been completely rebuilt top to bottom by a professional auto marine shop.

We installed a 20 gallon fuel cell in the front, and decked it over with hatches for the fuel connections and anchor storage. We ran Kraloy PVC tubing (front to back) to protect the fuel line.

We also built a custom mounting bracket for the Mercury 4 HP, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine which we will use for trolling and as our emergency backup. There is a separate 5 gallon fuel cell for this motor at the stern.

Additionally, we installed a swivel fishing seat on top of the front bench, replaced a fuse-able link in the trailer wiring, and repacked the axle bearings.

I can't wait to get it on the water. We're hoping to troll for some early season Lake Trout at Ghost Lake; just waiting for the ice to come off.

I didn't understand a word of this. I like grasshoppers.

GO OILERS GO!!

:th_wave:

Kidding 420, sounds like you are primed and ready to rip! May the trout be with you :)

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Spring has finally sprung most everywhere, hope everyone is enjoying it best they can. How's the fishing going fellas, anybody getting out? Nothing too exciting to report here though I got junior out to the riv the other day (he just turned 5) and he seems to have the patience and desire to explore as much as dad so that's awesome. He/we did hook into a big ol sturgeon and got her to shore but alas she flipped the hook as I was setting my rod back in holder. I needed another adult there and should have allowed her to fight a bit as the current was unfriendly that day. Got a good look at her and from my xp catching a fair amount of these precious Dinos judging by the glimpse I got she was around 48". Not quite a piggie but woulda been a heckuva first sturgeon for wee man. So awesome seeing the look on junior's face when he seen the fish. He's witnessed fish of similar size before but he was pretty young at the time (like 1-2) so he doesn't really remember. Getting more fun every year with him, I love it. River has been stingee to me the first couple outings, just a few Walleye for this guy. Did find a 6' bull snake cruising around, that was exciting! 2.5 weeks till my fave trout fishing "area" opens. Time to get out the fly rods, can't wait!

Tight lines....

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Way cool Happy!

I've yet to ever have the opportunity to hook, let alone land a Sturgeon.

Glad to hear you're helping to groom the next generation of fishermen.

 

On Sunday, we did a 4 hour test run with the jet boat on the Bow River.

The river was running very high and fast, a blazing 186 cubic metres per second.

We did more boat testing than fishing, but still managed to land a 3lb. Northern Pike and three Rainbow Trout (2 - 3 lbs.).

It was a truly beautiful day; there was lots of wildlife to enjoy, 3 Whitetail Deer, 2 Bald Eagles, an Osprey, a flock of White Pelicans, and hundreds of ducks and geese. We even saw a Llama wading in the river up to it's knees.

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Right on 420. Can't say I've ever seen a llama wading around while fishing, neato!

Yes sturg are an extremely fun fish to catch. They are still eluding me this year for some unknown reason. The strength of these creatures is absolutely incredible, it is no wonder when fishing for Saltwater sturg that often fishermen have to alternate reeling/fighting these big fish to get them to the boat. Very important to have the proper gear when fishing for these rare specimens. Someday I hope to get out to the Fraser...

I've heard the Bow is still quite chocalately brown and fast and high, not quite ideal for trout fishing just yet I guess but great to hear you got into a few and managed a hammerhandle too! Always fun to catch multiple species, makes for some nice surprises. Fully agree on the wildlife, especially when the fish aren't biting, nice to take a step back and gaze around to see what we can see, take it all in. Osprey are Master Fishers!

Thinking of Osprey I remember watching a video awhile back. No idea where the footage was shot but hoping it was somewhere where it is legal to fish this way (which is nowhere in Canada). Anyway, goes something like this... Buddy was ice fishing, at the end of his day he'd drop his line down and then leave it overnight and return in morning to catch his fish that would get hooked throughout the night. Eventually he was returning to his line with no fish on the end and often his line was snapped. So he set up a camera to see what was going on. An Osprey had figured it out! This bird would grab the fishing line with his beak, pull it up the hole a few inches and step on it, he'd continue to do this till he pulled the fish right out of the hole and into his mouth. This Osprey taught himself how to ice fish bwahaha, too funny! What a smart bird!

I got out to the SSR again the other day and tried a new spot. Mixed bag of results. 2 of first 3 casts I caught other folks gear and brought it to shore, retrieved what looked to be a brand new 5ofD and a huge Rapala lure also in good shape, Score! Almost caught every species the riv has to offer but no sturg and no burbot (generally burb feast at night). Caught 1 walleye, 1 sauger, 1 pike, 1 goldeye (none of size worth mentioning) and my personal best crayfish lol, it was like 8"s! Now normally I'd just toss him back but he was so wrapped up in my line and hook I decided to crush his skull so I could have my gear back. Green guts splashed my face, so gross. They are invasive and we are supposed to kill if caught anyway but I normally don't, as imo they are here to stay, just like the Prussian Carp that have now entered most our systems grrr. Kinda rare to catch crayfish and always fun to play with them lol. Back in my smoking days (I quit 6 weeks ago after 25yrs of a pack a day WootWoot) I put a lit cigarette in one's claw and he cruised around shore gripping it tight. I got a great pic of a smoking crayfish haha.

The tug is the drug...

Tight lines.:)

 

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