|Yours truly with a chunky brown|
It had been
a number of years since my last visit to the Duck Mountains in west central
Manitoba. This past week that all changed when I spent five days in the region.
I was on a speaking tour to six schools in the Swan Valley region as part of a
Stewards for the Resource program sponsored by Swan Valley Sport Fishing
Enhancement Inc. I travelled up from
Winnipeg on the Saturday to participate in their annual banquet and fish fry in
the community centre in Swan River. The next morning it was a day fishing with
friend Duane Whyte and local angler Brian Hunter. Both these individuals spend a lot of time
chasing the trophy fish that exist in this region of the world. The day previous Brian had caught some Master
Angler brown trout from Laurie Lake, so it was an easy decision to return. I
had never fished Laurie so I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the
|This was a lot of fun!|
The lake was surrounded by pine trees, with water the colour of
the Caribbean, a beautiful aqua marine. Man, I thought even if we don’t catch a
fish this was going to be fun. After launching Brian’s small aluminum boat we
headed down the shore line to the east. Duane Whyte had the first hit a short
time later but the fish didn’t stick around.
| Duane with the first brown trout of the day|
Ten minutes later Whytey
had the first fish to the boat, a small lake trout that was kept for
supper. We then fished a small bay that had some wind blowing into it. This was
going to prove the hotspot, producing both brown and lake trout. While we tried
other spots, this shallow bay with two extended points held the active fish
this day. While Duane caught the first three fish, including a 20.5 inch brown,
I got hot later in the day with a 24.5, 22.5 brown along with a nice lake
trout. All in all we boated seven fish,
a productive day on this tough to fish lake. All were caught on a #9 black and
white floating Rapala that dove to about six feet with a 100 feet of line out.
All the fish were caught along shallow shorelines. Special thanks to Brian
Hunter who did a great job controlling the boat in tough windy conditions. Hunter guided us all day without a line in
the water, just the kind of unselfish guy he is…much appreciated Brian!
| Brian Hunter cradles a beautiful 27 inch fish he caught the next day|
That was not
going to be the case when I returned to the lake three days later.