Right out of the gate we would like to say we are extremely happy with our re-discovery of fishing in Alberta. In the past they were always top notch in the trout category with the Bow River being one of Canada’s most spectacular fisheries. However once we found out about their Walleye and Pike fishing, wow have our eyes been opened up.
This episode took us to the town of Wabasca, fishing on North Wabasca Lake and yes we were after Pike and Walleye. We hooked up with our now great buddy and Alberta liaison Ray Kholruss of Reel Angling Adventures along with some locals from the area and set out on yet another Alberta lake that we had no knowledge about.
The Bow River is one of Canada’s most spectacular fisheries.
DARK CLOUDS WERE LOOMING
We started out for Pike in the river that connects North & South Wabasca Lakes as recommended by Ray and the locals. We instantly caught some small Walleye on Jerkbaits and lost some decent Pike on Bucktail Jigs.
Since nothing TV worthy was happening we ventured farther into the river. All this time, dark clouds were looming with rain threats all around us. As our luck this year would have it, once we found the fish the rain found us! Now you would think the guys would be totally disappointed with this relentless wet weather but in fact it didn’t really matter.
Angelo was dialed into some big Northerns; however, he couldn’t hook “any” of them. Strike after strike… missed fish on a giant tube. After analyzing the bait, Ang figured the fish were grabbing the body of the tube, sinking their sharp teeth into the soft plastic and completely missing the hook. When Angelo would set, the bait would stay stationary because of the power of the fish’s jaws and the bite of the incredible rows of teeth
TIME FOR MODIFICATIONS.
The rain pounded for the next 2 days which left the guys with 1 day to shoot the complete show. The flights back to Toronto were scheduled and they couldn’t be changed.
During that rain, Ang and Pete sent the camera crew back to the motel but stayed out in the pouring rain along with Ray (who would never miss an opportunity to go fishing) looking for good areas on the lake. Luckily, in the 11th hour they found a great pattern. A fast breakline held a great population of Walleye while big weedy points adjacent to the break had some gorgeous Northern Pike hunkered down and ready to attack.
Come the last shooting day, with some quick thinking adjustments, Angelo, Pete and the camera crew proceeded to catch those same Walleye and Pike with camera rolling!
The Walleye were mostly caught on the slope of the break or at the bottom (8-15 feet deep) on Jigs with plastic bodies like Yamamoto grubs or small shad type bodies. Walking the bait down the break and working it on the deep portion was the ticket. They simply worked the breakline back and forth on irregular areas like points.
For the Pike they moved up on top of the break and fished the heavy weeds. There was a combination of Cabbage and what Pete referred to in the show as what he calls it “Pike Weed”. It’s a long stringy weed that almost looks like giant grass. They either threw their Walleye jigs (with heavy braided line or leader material) or big Bucktail Jigs on heavy gear. The key to the Pike was to rip the jig in typical weed/jig fishing fashion in order to aggravate or provoke a strike.
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s Bass fishing, we first took hwy 401 east to hwy 115 north. We then took hwy 7 east and next turned north on hwy 28 to McArthurs Mills. From there we turned south on Mayo Lake Rd. and finally south east on Hartsmere Rd to our final destination of Hidden Cove Cottage Resort on Westlemkoon Lake.