It was noon
when Ryan Suffron and I decided to load up the boat from Laurie and head west
back towards the edge of the Duck Mountains to Persse Lake. Located just to the
east of Twin Lakes, the 132 acre lake was fully developed in 2010 to include a
road, parking lot, launch area and hydro right of way. An aerator building is
on site and this equipment keeps the lake alive during the long Manitoba
has a large population of both brown and brook trout. According to Suffron,
because of a massive forage base, fish in this lake sometimes get lockjaw.
Ryan working the shoreline
One thing he
has learnt over the last three years fishing here is to fish a little deeper
than most people would normally try. He says that’s because this lake has some
great structure that will hold large pockets of fish.
Ryan's box of flies...simple but effective
This is an
electric motor only lake and only one fish can be kept and it must be under 18
inches. After launching the boat, we started to shoreline cast to a couple of
fish we saw rising in amongst the flooded timber. Unfortunately Ryan broke off
a big fish right after we got there, a bad omen for the afternoon.
second drift in a bit deeper water, a nice brown trout took my blue leech
pattern. It was out in about 14 feet of water on the edge of a transition line
between hard and soft bottom. After working the east shoreline for a couple of
hours we moved over to a mud flat on the western side to try for brook trout. Immediately
the fish finder lit up with large schools of fish holding from 11 to 17 feet on
the side of the huge flat. We were out of the wind in this spot so Ryan slowly
moved us in and out along the break with his back troll motor. We tried working
all sections of the water column, but couldn’t land a fish. By four p.m a huge
storm was seen on the horizon. We knew it
was time to leave.
The deptfinder shows fish, now to catch them.
can be a tough puzzle to unlock, both with a large forage base and stained
water. Managed by FLIPPR it should be a trophy lake for years to come.
Ryan rigging for the afternoon
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