Fishing in Manitoba

Fishing in Manitoba and surrounding areas.
Dear fans of fishing, I think, this short article will start with a small retreat on the legality of fishing in Canada, in general, and in Manitoba, in particular. The first thing you’ll need – a fishing license — available in almost every sport and outdoors store. Possessing a fishing license entitles you to go sport fishing in our province. In Manitoba, the license is sold and valid year round from the second Saturday of May until April 1 of the next year. Why the second Saturday of May? Quite simply: according to statistics the majority of fish have already spawned by this time. Children under 16 and senior citizens, residing in Manitoba, do not require a license, the former do not have the right to take fish.
According to the law, an angler can catch on a tackle with one hook or one artificial bait, lure or spinner, which is made with a treble, which is not a violation of the law. Also in Manitoba, all the barbs on the hooks must be bent or broken off. There were cases, when a ranger or a police officer approached and asked people to get the gear out of the water and checked whether the barbs on the hooks were curved.
Fishing in our own province is excellent and can surpass the requirements of any fisherman. 110 000 lakes, more than half of which aren’t accessible by road, could present a big surprise. Manitoba has developed a so-called fishing tourism: people come to Winnipeg and thence by air get to remote lakes, where the fishing and hunting grounds are. Even with a regular car (non off-road) the outskirts of the city offer a huge number of lakes and rivers inhabitatingnumerous species of fish attractive for the angler:
• Northern Pike — the owner of the local water
• Walleye or Pickerel — delicious and most popular fish with the locals
• Catfish — amazing for its size and strength
• Sturgeon — a rare and memorable trophy
• Bass — one of the most active predators
• Perch – a striped beauty, which will cause even an experienced angler to tremble
• Drum–Canadian beauty, unparalleled in the eastern hemisphere
• Whitefish–makes first grade herring
It is not difficult to see, that for the most part, the local fishare predators, and readily bite on artificial lures, but more on that later. The most commontackle for a novice angleris the “walleye rig” (the so-called gear in which the sinker is on the bottom). For this kind of fishing you would use a fishing rod with rings, 1.80-3.60 m (6-12 ft) in length, regular reel and fishing line 0.3-0.6 mm in thickness. Frozen fish are most commonly used asbait —these can be bought in any supermarket; or worms — sold in specialty shops and at select gas stations. After casting the rod is set up vertically, slightly bent in the direction of the bait and the line is pulled tight so it would not move the lead from its spot. The lead can be quite heavy when fishing in the stream, or in windy weather. Sinker weight may be up to 2-3 Oz(60-90 grams).
Spinning –the main tackle to catch fish in local waters, and I think throughout the world.
What is spinning? It is a lightweight rod, equipped with a relatively small reel anda luredesignedto encourage fish to attack it. Why spinning? It’s very simple: this way of fishing allows to maximizethe sensation of contact with the fish, attack of a predator and to get the most out of fishing due to the release of adrenalineat the moment when you feel the blow at the other end of line. There are infinitely numerous types of baits for this method of fishing.Multiple companies produce a variety of lures, turntables, jig heads, twisters, etc. To catch on a spinning, it’s necessary to understand the potential object of catching, and build the fishing strategy accordingly. There is an unwritten rule stating that the size of the bait should be about 10 percent of the size of the fish. So, with the size of the bait and the coveted fish selected, go to the nearesttackle shop and ask for assistance. The local vendors are pretty savvy, and will always be glad to help you.
So, with this brief review I have tried to unveil a little the topic of fishing in Manitoba. I think, in future this information will prove useful to the readers, and if you have any questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer them.