Buying Gear For New Anglers
Fly-fishing continues to grow in popularity after several studies highlighted the outstanding benefits of fly-fishing. New anglers join our cause weekly, and to you newcomers we say- “Welcome! Here are a few tips for getting started”.
“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. “ -Herbert Hoover
So, for the first set of gear you’ll want to visit a shop or find an experienced angler to help you. You’ll want someone who can answer any and all of your questions, ultimately finding the right gear for you. Decide on your rod and reel, after researching which is best for you. Pike are an intriguing and strong breed of fish, and make for a great catch. Most anglers suggest an 8-10 weight rod for catching Northern Pink. Should you decide on a rod and reel combination set, purchase 10 lb. line on the side. Sometimes the lines in combination sets are not strong enough for larger fish.
Interesting Trout Facts!
For those who think the only monsters that live in this lake are monster Northern Pike can think again. These trout just grow and grow up to 100lbs and have been caught up to 60lbs. This gives you anglers a good idea of what expect when fishing in Lake Reindeer. This, by all accounts, is a huge fish and something you should think about when booking your trip with us this summer!
We didn’t forget the beauty of the Lake Trout either! In the past, we have highlighted some of the other fish in the area, like the walleye and the Northern Pike. Check out some of these cool facts about Lake trout, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
- Some species of trout have almost double the chromosomes that humans have. These fish can have up to forty-two pairs, whereas humans only have twenty-three pairs.
- Lake Trout do not develop their scales until after they are a month old.
- A Lake Trout can see in every direction because it can focus on its peripherals.
- Despite their tiny brains, Lake Trout are adept at outwitting anglers- they make a challenging catch!
- The best time to fish Lake Trout is during “the calm before the storm”. Studies show that Lake Trout respond to weather afflictions in their environment, like rain and wind.
How to Lure a Walleye
With the fishing season approaching very quickly, here are some tips on how to catch Walleye. Though Walleyes are native to the freshwaters of Canada, they have now made a home in almost every state of the United States. Walleye are some of the most popular game fish. They can be elusive at times. They will show up in droves one day, and then seem almost non-existent the next. However, take heart, because these tips will help you in your pursuit of these beautiful fish.
You will have to know where to look for these freshwater fish depending on what season you find yourself in. With spring being right around the corner, let’s direct our attention there. In the springtime, Walleye can be found in currents of rivers, or very near to the shore. So, be sure to plan your position accordingly.
Walleye are very attracted to bright colors. Your best bet is to use 3/8 oz. jig… in yellow, red, chartreuse, or even white. You can cast your line right along the shore. After you have cast your jig, be sure to reel in the line with finesse. Since Walleye tend to be very aggressive at this early time of year, make sure to use similarly aggressive movements to rally them out of their spawning grounds. The Walleye that are feeding will come very close to your jig. If they are defending their areas, the bright colors of your jig will catch their attention and drive them towards the surface.
Hopefully you find these tips helpful in your pursuit of Walleye. Also, remember much of the joy and thrill of fishing is in the hunt. Happy fishing!
Sources: http://www.garden-island.com/how-to-catch-walleye.htm, http://www.articlesbase.com/sports-and-fitness-articles/fun-facts-about-walleye-223305.html
View Stunning Sights & Photography While Fishing in Saskatchewan
For most, a majority of the time spend at the lodge is spent fishing in Reindeer Lake. However, if you’re staying with us for a while- you may want to consider taking a day to absorb the beautiful sights and sounds of Saskatchewan. Aside from outdoor sports, you can take off on golden hiking trails or bird watch from some of Saskatchewan’s best landmarks. Even if you’re a true angler, and plan to never leave the water, you can still take in the stunning sights and landscapes from the water.
As far as the views, regardless of time a year, they are simply stunning. The falls produce a wide array of autumn hues and the summer skies mock pacific blues. If you bring someone that isn’t exactly a fan of fishing or hunting- that’s okay because a camera will produce all the fun one could need. Saskatchewan calls for some amazing photography.
Fishing in Pagato Lake, Saskatchewan
Pagato Lake is one of our outposts that sits southeast of our main lodge at Reindeer Lake. Like Remember these lakes are largely untouched by man, which means the only real threats to these big monsters are the natural enemies themselves. Walleyes can grow to as large as 10-pounds with Pike able to grow as large as 35-pounds!
This post is for the true outdoorsman. It features a modern secluded cabin in Eastern Saskatchewan with all the amenities you would want — hot and cold running water from your own water tower, a gas generator, and a 14-foot Lund boat. The cabin sleeps eight and makes for a perfect for a week out on the lake with the guys. Guides are available to come along with your trip, but chances are you won’t need a guide in this quaint lake that’s full of Northerns and Walleye.
A float plane will bring you to Pagato Lake from Lawrence Bay Lodge or Southend, SK where you will spend five or seven incredible days on the lake. Trips start at just 1,295 per person for a five-day trip.
Contact us to book your trip and ensure yourself a summer vacation you’ll never forget.
Lawrence Bay Lodge is Proud To Announce- No Price Increase For 2013!
Lawrence Bay Lodge is proud to announce no price increases for the 2013 season. That’s right; the same low rates people enjoyed in 2012 will stay true through 2013. This includes no price increase at our two outposts too, Pagato or Kamatsi Lake.
Our trips to our main lodge on Reindeer Lake always includes round trip air transportation from Southend, SK to Lawrence Bay Lodge, a Reindeer Lake fishing guide with a an 18-foot fishing boat, all meals, and restful stays at our fully modern cabins.
It is almost like staying at a cozy resort to fish some of the best northern pike on the planet. Trips start at just $1,695 for a three day/four night trip.
If considering staying at either Pagato or Kamatsi outposts, the trip includes round trip air transportation to the outposts, boats and gas for your trip, eating utensils and a fully modern cabin. Bring enough groceries and sleeping bags for your five or seven day trip. Prices for this trip stay the same at five day/five nights for $1,295/person.
So if you’re ready to take on some of the best fishing at some of the most untouched water in North America, where the fish just grow and grow, give us a call and book your trip today!
The Arctic Grayling of Saskatchewan: Fishing Tips
Fishing season is about to begin and Lawrence Bay Lodge is looking forward to opening its doors to new and returning anglers. We are predicting 2013 to be a successful year for fishing. Our lakes are plentiful with various fish including the beautiful arctic grayling.
This fish, also known as the “sailfish of the North” boasts a beautiful blue color in the males and has a unique long, high, sail-like dorsal fin. This fish prefers colder water- so fly-fishing in the late spring and early summer months is the best way to catch it. For the late summer and early fall months, fishing for arctic grayling may call for a lure.
The arctic grayling is one of the smallest catches we fish for, weighing in at an average of 1-2lbs. Even though the arctic grayling is small, they sure do put up a good fight. Typically, the fish will surface before swimming near the boat, making it easier for spotting.
If you are like us, you enjoy great recipes to compliment your daily catch. Usually, with the Arctic Grayling- anglers prefer the catch-and-release fishing. Whatever you decide to keep in your bucket, you can turn into a delicious meal with the recipe below!
- one whole fish (depending on size)
- 2tbsp chopped green pepper
- 2tbsp chopped red pepper
- 2tbsp chopped onion
- 2 thin slices of lime
- 1tbsp. butter
- 1tsp tarragon
- 2 tbsp. dark rum
- Seasoning salt and pepper
Coat the fish’s cavity with seasoning salt & pepper, and the tarragon. Then you want to mix the peppers and onions into the cavity. Crumble butter in there as well, and then add the lime slices.
Wrap the stuffed fish in tin foil and then pour the dark rum over the fish.
Take the stuffed fish and wrap with tinfoil. Just prior to sealing pour the rum over the
Cook on medium-high for approximately seven minutes or until cooked all the way through. You do not want to overcook this fish though; the bones will stick to the meat if you do.
When the fish is done cooking, scrape the skin away with a fork. You want to loosen the meat up and tease it away from the bones. This should leave all of the bones with the skeleton and not with the meat.
Gainer the Gopher Predicts Winter’s End in Saskatchewan
The sun is shining and the groundhog predicted the end of winter for us here in Saskatchewan! Even though cold temperatures don’t stop us from fishing, it would be nice to catch a few in just a long sleeve shirt and pants, instead of the heavy winter gear. So let’s look at some of the glorious weather predictions for Saskatchewan this spring!
Ctvnews.ca posted a video of Gainer the Gopher, well his stunt double anyways. Turns out the furry friend did not see his shadow, and we should see the end of winter soon. Though this method is not usually accurate, Climatologist Danny Blair is. In his interview with ctvnews.ca, he mentions that this winter has been the warmest on record, so there isn’t much of a transition into spring as usual. Blair states later in the article, “The next two weeks look way above normal still. There’s no sign of really cold weather out there
So, you can pack up your waders and your pole if you’re not the cold weather type. It seems like the wait is over. You can’t always trust a groundhog, but you can trust the climatologist who agrees with him! Read more: http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/groundhog-predicts-the-end-of-winter-for-saskatchewan-1.762761#ixzz2JzDItUyo
The Seasons of Saskatchewan: Winter
Saskatchewan in Winter
For the final installment of our four-part blog series on the seasons of Saskatchewan, we’ll discuss the weather and sporting activities of chill, winter season.
Each year, when all of the leaves are gone and the snow starts to fall, we are transposed to another world. The scene is almost like a winter wonderland with frosty branches and the gorgeous Northern Lights. It seems that no matter what time of year you visit us, you’ll be welcomed with stunning landscapes and views.
Winter Fishing in Saskatchewan
Experienced Anglers can withstand the cool temperatures and winds of the brisk winter – and some can even spend most of the winter fishing in just a long sleeve shirt. Once you get into the late winter months (Dec-Feb), you’ll certainly want to put on a few layers, but there is no reason to hang up your gear at the first sign of snowfall.
“By late-December, ice on most Saskatchewan lakes is usually thick enough to support vehicles and fishing equipment (but always check conditions before crossing frozen bodies of water). Fish tend to be on a feeding frenzy around this time. Walleye are plentiful, while northern pike, perch, whitefish, trout and burbot are also common. Thawing is rare before mid-March. The three month season gives winter anglers ample time and opportunity to get out on the ice.”
The Seasons of Saskatchewan: Autumn
Autumn in Saskatchewan
For the third post in our four-part blog series, we’ll cover weather predictions and outdoor activities during autumn in Saskatchewan.
The captivating thing about autumn, is the beauty of the dying leaves and migrating birds. The colors in Saskatchewan during fall are an aesthetically stunning display, sure to put anyone into a Stendhal-syndrome like daze.
Autumn in Saskatchewan is also the season for craft fairs, corn mazes and pumpkin patches, but ultimately- the start of hunting season. The sights and the activities bring us various visitors through the each season.
“Every year tourists, including hunters and anglers, spend about $1.5 billion in Saskatchewan. In 2005, more than 70,000 people hunted in the province, 22,000 of them coming from other provinces or countries, mainly the United States. Hunters spent $107.5 million in the province, or eight per cent of the amount spent by all tourists. Most of that money was spent in rural areas where the economic activity generated by hunters resulted in more than 1,000 full-time jobs.” http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/hunting
In late fall, anglers and hunters visit the lodge for their long awaited get way. They may stay at the lodge prior to hunting season, to enjoy the sights and wildlife of Saskatchewan. For more information on hunting or fishing with us, visit our main page.
Photo of a Saskatchewan Autumn
This photo of Saskatchewan is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Saskatchewan is courtesy of TripAdvisor