TOP AN­GLER loves our wall­eye

Izumi checks out SnoBear Migration

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - TRAVEL -

And catch fish, this man could. Not five min­utes later he hooked into the first of many wall­eye caught that day.

Ice fish­ing on Lake Win­nipeg has be­come a mul­ti­mil­lion-dollar in­dus­try, and many lo­cals have be­gun to of­fer guided ser­vices to the thou­sands of an­glers who are mak­ing their way here to have the chance to catch a tro­phy wall­eye. Un­less you have ex­pe­ri­enced it first-hand, it’s tough to com­pre­hend the in­ter­est there is in this tro­phy fish­ery.

On the Fri­day we fished be­fore the Migration, we talked to three guys who had come from Devils Lake, N.D., on their first trip here. They had al­ready caught eight tro­phy wall­eye in one day of fish­ing. All men­tioned that while their home lake is noted for its wall­eye fish­ing, they knew very few places in the world can of­fer what we have in our backyard. Let’s en­joy it while we have it and pro­tect it as best we can.

PHO­TOS BY KEVIN STOBBE

The big­gest fish of the day. Be­low, some spoon ac­tion.

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