Its official, fall has arrived! This time of year
brings anglers in this part of the world out in droves, hoping to catch a
On a recent adventure to the Whitemud River, I
pulled out my first Berkley Flicker Minnow.
My friend Jim Price was using the # 7 Flicker Shad in a custom painted
perch patter. By the end of the day he had out fished me about 20-14, so I
would have to say that crank proved a little more effective on this day. It was
also diving a bit deeper on less line than my Minnow. Still both baits catch fish, lots of fish.
Make sure you have both in your tackle box this
With all the recent rain, current flow will continue
to be strong in both the Red and Winnipeg rivers, the two most popular
destinations in the province. There is unfortunately, both good news and bad
news. I will give you the bad news first. Unless the water clears up, the
walleye bite in the Red River could be tough. If you want to catch fish in this
river, you need decent water clarity. That also holds for Lake Winnipeg as
well, but Traverse Bay and Pine Falls usually is not nearly as affected. If you
talk to anglers in the know, this has certainly been the case all summer and early
Anglers fishing the big lake have been catching walleye, lots of them! We
are taking about 50 fish days in two and half metres of water. In high water
years, the majority of the feed is shallow and this year just highlights that.
So if you want to catch fish, get out to the lake. There is a couple of hitches
in all this, you need a boat and you need to watch the weather. A fierce north
wind will muddy up the water and scatter fish. This is where trolling with crankbaits on the
flats or on channel edges really pays off.
I can remember a number of
incredible days whacking walleye in three metres of water on the mud flats.
Having a GPS is also key so you can track your trolling runs and mark the
little rock piles that dot the landscape. These will hold roving schools of
fish for short periods of time and when this happens you’re in the money.
Monofilament is not a bad choice in these shallow conditions. The stretch of
mono will act as a shock absorber when these big fish steamroll your bait! A
wide range of a shallow running baits will work so carry a selection.
When you need to contour troll though, things
change. I love to use Fireline in 10 pound test. It has such a small diameter,
crankbaits get down in a hurry.
Leadcore line, snap on weights, bottom bouncers are
all options in getting your lure to the bottom in a hurry.