I’m glad to be Canadian once again!

by Pete Bowman

A couple of great things happened this weekend that has brought back my “Canadiana” so to speak.

First GSP brought the UFC welterweight title back to our great country by kicking yappy’s butt on Saturday night… nuff said!

Secondly, I finally got out on the water for a bit of a fish. A couple of buddies and I took off Crappie fishing in what is in my opinion one of the latest/longest waits for the ice to leave in a long time. We headed out to Percy’s Reach which you’re allowed to fish before the “last Saturday in April” rule.

I couldn’t believe the weather; the truck read 23 degrees c!!! When we arrived, the water temp was at about 48 degrees and by the end of the day it rose to just over 50. The fishing was ok but we caught mostly small fish. As the day went on, we started to figure out where the bigger fish were. Although we didn’t slay them, we probably caught 20 -30 fish… and with the beautiful weather, man I couldn’t complain. I think my 2 fishing partners for the day Scotty Too Hottie and Zinger were pretty happy. Zinger was here on an extended weekend from Edmonton and he couldn’t have picked a better one. A heat wave here and a snow storm there! Add to that the fact that he had never previously caught a fish, I knew he was in for a good day. To make this day even better, Zinger actually caught our first fish; way to go bro! He also caught what I think is a Golden Shiner (see picture). Man that baby is pure protein for a big Largemouth; now I see why chartreuse spinnerbaits were invented.

Our best baits were chartreuse/white and pink/white tubes under slip floats with 4 or 6 pound line. We could actually see pods of fish cruising near the surface but most of them were small. Our biggest fish came from isolated areas. I really don’t think that water temp was an issue on this day; it needs to get warmer before the big females really get aggressive.

The biggest surprise of the day was the flooding that was taking place all around us. As you can see from the pictures, it could well turn into a disaster if the levels get any higher. There were police, firefighters and search & rescue personnel everywhere! There were even big trucks carrying around cases of drinking water for the locals because their drinking water was contaminated. Hopefully everyone and their belongings will be ok.

Thanks to the 2 guys that fired us a couple of eaters, they filled the meal out perfectly

Off to a Catfish shoot; I’ll update you when we get back.

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