years, I have spent a fair amount of time on Last Mountain Lake north of
Regina. This natural lake stretches more than 70 miles and is also known as
Long Lake for this reason. It is the largest naturally occurring body of water
in southern Saskatchewan, although Lake Diefenbaker (created by damming) is larger.
The lake was named for a Plains Cree legend about the Great Spirit
shovelling dirt from the valley the lake now occupies and forming Last Mountain
Hills east of Duval. It was early
June when I made the trek there this year, heading north from Regina past
Craven on Highway 20 past Bulyea, Strasburg and finally Govan.
Between these two communities is the highest
point of land in the area for which the lake got its name. While I have fished
the southern and central part of the lake this was my first visit to the far
north end. For years friends of mine from Regina have been fishing this section
for the first three weeks of the open water angling season. This year I was
invited along for the ride and deluxe accommodation at Last Mountain Regional
Park in a borrowed trailer. Last
Mountain Regional Park is a very functional park located on the shores of the
north end. It has an outdoor swimming pool and plenty of spots to camp. It even
has a nine hole golf course with sand greens. For us, there was no golf time
because the walleye were biting.
| Boyds spinner rig box, Talk about organized!|
| Boyd with Saskatchewan Gold!|
| Purple blade got hot last day!
We started by checking out all the back of the bays, then
worked our way out to find the larger schools of fish. By the end of the two
and half days on the water, we had them fine tuned and our last evening
produced non stop action along with some of the bigger fish of the trip.
Presentation was simple, just a spinner
rig tipped with night crawlers and weighted with split shot.
The deepest we
caught fish was six feet so a couple of shots was all that was needed.
was a bit of emerging weed growth but nothing to worry about