|Jim with a Cross Bay beauty|
One, Thursday: It was the last week in August and the warm weather that had
been holding southern Manitoba in its grip all month followed us as we headed
up north the four and half hours to Grand Rapids. An uneventful drive for the
most part we arrived at Moak Lodge just after the lunch hour. Lodge owner Chris
McCuddon had reserved Cabin Ten for us…a beautiful new building that held nine
anglers, the number of keen fisherman coming along on this trip. Friends Russ,
Boyd and Perry were to arrive on Friday but Jim Price, Dan and Robert had
driven up at the same time. I had friends Pete and Phil along, both on their
first trips to this fishery. After unpacking and getting some lunch we headed
out for some pike on Cross Bay. The wind direction was from the north east,
making the waves manageable and the eight kilometre boat ride quick, painless and dry. Jim and his
crew had decided to try a bay north of the one we were in but joined us an hour
later. We had landed a number of pike in our boat already, most of them on
lipless crankbaits ripped through the weed edges.
It seemed the relative calm,
bright conditions had these fish sitting tight to structure. When Jim and crew
pulled in, they decided to throw out the slip floats and drift, while we
trolled and cast hard baits. After an hour, we had landed a few more average
sized pike with Jim’s boat pretty much shut out. I decided with the slow action
to head up north to see if we could find some walleye. We ended up catching some pike and walleye on
the north end of the lake, but none were
of the trophy variety. Still, we had
discovered some real good water we had never fished before. Meantime Jim and
the lads had waited out the fish and with an increase in wind speed and wave
action, the big pike turned on after we left.
|Phil with dinner|
The biggest fish landed that afternoon was Dan’s
43.5 inch beauty pictured below.
Day Two and some hot walleye action.