As we rolled out of bed on the Friday we were
greeted by overcast skies with a stiff east wind blowing through the treetops.
We had all decided we were going to the fish the Saskatchewan River in Grand
Rapids, so the big wind did not faze us. Still when we launched our boats that
morning, four foot swells met us as we motored out to the mouth were it emptied
into Lake Winnipeg. With a current that was screaming down river, combined with
the massive waves rolling in from the lake, it was amazing to witness the power
of this water. We tied on 1 ounce bottom bouncers along with spinner rigs to
start. Orange blades seemed to do the trick this day and we had no trouble
catching walleye after walleye. As the morning wore on we fine tuned our
drifts, with the majority of the bigger walleye coming in a bit deeper water,
at about the 14 foot mark. It’s not
always easy finding this much water closer to the dam, but most of the good
fish seemed to be holding halfway between the dam and the bridge over the river
on Highway # 6. At about 11 a.m I told Pete and Phil that it was time to get on
some crankbaits so we started trolling #7 and #9 Shad coloured Berkley Frenzies.
This immediately started producing some walleye in the 20-22 inch range with
the largest fish landed at about six pounds. About noon, I got a call on my
cell from the Carrot River crew. They had just arrived in Grand Rapids and were
eager to know how the fishing was. Hard to imagine it could be any better I
thought as we brought in another triple header of walleye.
short time later though, the skies darkened with the arrival of a massive storm
front. It didn’t take us long to figure it was time to head back the ranch. So
a short time later we were back at the cabin, trying to tarp the boat when the
skies opened. Three hours later about two inches of rain had fallen. Luckily
everyone managed to stay relatively dry and we spent the time visiting.