LLast season on the Fish’n Canada Show, we featured a western Canadian lake called ‘Last Mountain Lake’. It is located about an hour north of Regina in Saskatchewan. The Northern Pike fishing was so good there, that we had to return to give it another shot, hence this episode.
Rob Schulz, owner & operator of G & S Marina Outfitters on Last Mountain Lake, again joined Pete for this episode. The timeframe was posts-pawn/spring, which meant the big pike would still be shallow.
Opposite from the last shoot though, in where the fishing was outstanding, this time was a bit different. A cold-front had moved in and it very much affected the Pike.
The boys again had the luxury of using a Princecraft/Mercury combo set up for the shoot through Silvester RV, as well as a fully stocked cottage with food and local beers.
Pete and Rob had Swimbaits on their minds again, since they worked so well last time.
Swimbaits are best known for being big bass lures especially in the USA. That said, a predator fish is a predator fish, so if they work in the south, they’ll certainly work in the north… and not just for Bass!
They come in an assortment of sizes, shapes, and materials, all of which have their place. There’s hard and soft bodies, full bodied and jointed, hollow and solid, and finally straight, paddle or boot tailed.
For this episode, Pete and Rob were throwing 5″ Big Hammer swimbaits again. These are hand poured and have a unique square shaped tail, giving the bait incredible action. Rob has tried a variety of different swimbaits, but swears that this is the perfect choice for Last Mountain Lake.
A big shallow weed filled bay was their hotspot of choice for their return to Last Mountain Lake. They knew the fish were there, however, they didn’t expect the weather system to hit the Pike so hard. For some strange reason almost every Pike in that bay, or at least the ones that struck the guys baits, would ultimately get off. Anything from single bumps, to multiple bumps, to solid strikes, to even fish almost brought to boat side. It was the oddest phenomenon of synchronicity that Pete and Rob had experienced.
‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ is the saying and it played out well here. Since all the Pike were short striking, the guys simply added a small treble stinger hook to their swimbaits. The addition of this hook simply put, saved the day. They went from rags to riches all in one small technical change.
This again turned into another great Pike episode and reassured Pete of two things; one is to never give up and let the fish defeat you… there’s always a solution. And two is that Last Mountain Lake is one of those dream fishing destinations for anyone who wants a crack at a fish of a lifetime.
Last Mountain Lake, also known as Long Lake, is a prairie lake formed from glaciation 11,000 years ago. It is located in south central Saskatchewan, Canada, about 40 km (25 mi) northwest of the city of Regina. It flows into the Qu’Appelle River via Last Mountain Creek, which flows past Craven. It is approximately 93 km long, and only 3 km wide at its widest point.
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. The lake is a popular resort area for residents of southeastern Saskatchewan.
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s great Pike fishing, I first flew from Toronto to Regina Saskatchewan. From there, I drove north on Highway #11 to Lumsden. Next, I turned North on Highway #20 and followed the road through the scenic Qu’ Appelle Valley past Craven. Just before I reached Bulyea, I turned West on Highway #220, which took me to Rowans Ravine Provincial Park and G&S Marina Outfitters on Last Mountain Lake.