Nestled on a small bay at the start of the Winnipeg River at
Pointe du Bois, Trail End Camp is a favourite destination by anglers in the
know. Not only is the fishing great but the place is affordable, allowing
anglers to spend money on bait and boat gas instead of accommodation and
frills. And travel you will, with some 60 kilometres of river open to check out
and navigate, all of it prime fishing waters as you headquarter out of this extremely
comfortable and friendly lodge owned and operated by Vance and Maureen
Hrechkosy. Now get this, you are less than two hours to the doorstep of the
fishing mecca by vehicle from Winnipeg!
Anybody who has ever visited Pointe du Bois and fished the
river above the dam will attest to its rugged and wild nature of both the river
and the landscape itself.
| Exploring the river again in 2006|
It’s an area more and more Winnipeggers are becoming
aware of. Once visited and fished, most
are back for many more trips to come. There’s only one drawback to this area; most
of the angling is from boat. You don’t
have one? Well your in luck, because Trail End Camp will rent you a one or if
you want to splurge for a day to get a feel for the river you can hire a
seasoned guide to show you the hot spots and cook you a delicious shore lunch.It was in the early
1980’s that I had spent three years navigating this same water as a guide at
Eagle Nest Lodge, one of three lodges on the stretch of water above Lamprey to
the Ontario border.
|Family holiday in 2002!|
While known for an abundant walleye population, there are a
myriad of back bays on this section of the Winnipeg River. Pretty much all of
them hold northern pike at one time of the year. Given the diversity of forage
and the amount of cover for these fish, they get big, very big!
A number of Master Angler pike are landed
during the open water season with some truly monster pike registered in the
hard water period, fish in excess of thirty pound or 14 kilograms. Vance
Hrechkosy says one of the best times of the year to catch the true monsters of
the Winnipeg river is late August when the trophy pike target mooneye as their
main forage, using a Mepps Cyclops in a silver pattern. He targets steep banks
that drop off into the main river channel and casts and trolls for the monster pike
that are trying to corral mooneye in these areas and drive them up against the
| Nice pike are there to be caught|
Another big pike pattern comes to mind at this time of year.
Back when guiding at Eagle Nest as the nights cooled off in late August, big
pike would also move in bays with deep water in the middle and some deep
cabbage growth. They would hunt mooneyes and other forage in these spots as well
and an early morning venture into these bays using spoons, buzz baits and big
Mepps spinners would produce some tackle busters.
|You can dock your boat!|
In comparison to other camps on the river, Hrechkosy says road
accessibility really helps cut costs. That, combined with a philosophy that
says it’s better to be more affordable and have the camp full all the time.
Trail End Camp offers light housekeeping packages where the customers takes
care of themselves or if you want a full service package which include all the
meals, boats, motors, guides and accommodations. Maureen and Vance have 11 full service cabins, done in pine, with
all the comforts of home. Vance started working on the river full time in 1986
and then spent some time in Northern Ontario, returning to the Winnipeg River
in 1990 after his family purchased Trails End
If you can’t afford
to own a cottage and you want to go to a remote area of Manitoba head up to
Pointe du Bois and give the Winnipeg River a try. Operations like Trail End
serve to give the consumer a chance at a first class experience while keeping
price in line. Visit them online at www.trailendcamp.com